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Judgement is coming
In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called Judges, who combine the duties of judge, jury and executioner to deliver a brutal brand of swift justice. But even the top-ranking Judge, Dredd, discovers that taking down Ma-Ma isn’t as easy as it seems in this explosive adaptation of the hugely popular comic series.
FUCK. PROPER REVIEW SOON.
OKAY I HAVE FINISHED RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE SCREAMING. DREDD IS FUCKING AWESOME, FORGET STALLONE FORGET EVERYTHING AND JUST GO SEE THIS IMMEDIATELY.
Where to even start? The 3D? I was kinda bummed that there was no 2D option for this but the 3D was bearable and in places LOOKED FUCKING COOL. The slo-mo, the soundtrack, JESUS CHRIST EVERYTHING. EVERYYTHING WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. How the fuck they managed to get a dingy film to look so lush and rich with colour is BEYOND ME. The direction is impeccable. There's a bit where some flames are reflected in Dredd's helmet and it was CRAZY COOL and there were little bits like that all through the film.…
D TO THE R TO THE E DOUBLE D
PROTECTING THE FIRST MEGACITY
IT'S SIMILAR IN SET UP TO THE RAID
BUT COMPARATIVELY, DREDD'S GOT THE HIGHER GRADE
HE'S BADASS AND HAS A CHARACTER ARC
THE PREMISE IS SIMPLE, WHICH IS REALLY SMART
IT SHOWS OFF WHAT YOU CAME TO SEE
D TO THE R TO THE E DOUBLE D
Most bad-ass action film I've seen since...well...The Raid. Similarities will be drawn between the two films for sure, but they remain their own entities in spite of the similar concepts. Where The Raid is more or less an excuse to have fight scene after fight scene (not complaining), Dredd feels like an actual story with its own characters and its own world. Alex Garland's script is tight, and full of great moments. The look of the movie is unique and wonderful. Karl Urban was magnificent in the eponymous role. I loved how the whole story felt more or less like just another day for Dredd. Widespread conflict and global stakes were not necessary. The rookie was very well integrated into the story and provided a much different type of sidekick role than usual for this genre.
In closing, this is the best comic book film of 2012.
I'll just put this out there.
When is a comic book adaptation successful? Two things. It needs to capture the essence of the hero(s) and it needs to emulate the feel, tone and style of the comic.
This is one of the best comic book adaptations ever made.
One of the first comic books I fervently read were the 2000 AD anthologies. They were filled with exuberant science fiction stories and they produced a personal favourite, Judge Dredd. The grim, dystopian future, with a force of nearly invincible policemen, fighting colourful, over the top villains, appealed to my over-active imagination.
This film has no plot worthy of any mention and what there is is rather predictable. The entire universe we…
I still feel like I'm not as in love with this flick as everyone else seems to be, but I'm willing to bump up my rating on this rewatch for two reasons:
1) The fact that there is no attempt to humanize Judge Dredd or even really develop him as a character is fucking awesome.
2) This movie is crazy fun. Unlike all the superhero movies that are three hours of boring punctuated with ten minutes of action here and there, Dredd rarely lets up.
Definitely something I could throw on every couple of months and never get tired of it.
Judge Dredd is very much a product of his time - a fascistic Harry Callahan dispensing swift justice and dry one-liners in a time of right wing politics - so it is pleasing to see that such a faithful adaptation would also be a throwback to those action films of the 1980s. But he isn’t a character that easily translates to the screen - he is one-dimensional, he never waivers and is more of a machine than the character he inspired (RoboCop). The fact this film makes him work without humanising, or resorting to the removal of his iconic helmet, is testament to the writing and, most importantly, the performance by Karl Urban. He seems to understand the natural dry…
Instantly one of my favorites. Perfection of a style film
This is a sublime work of art.
Ok, so I never got round to watching all those football films, but I'm back with a revived appetite for watching films.
I watched Dredd tonight for the first time since seeing it on opening day in the Odeon cinema in the Printworks, Manchester. Sure, watching the blu-ray at home loses some of the impact it had on the big screen, but man, this film delivers. It's so satisfyingly and unflinchingly brutal. Dredd succeeds in having such a simple premise, with the rules laid out for what's to follow within the first five minutes - which it then sticks to and doesn't overcomplicate with mazy twists or an overly ambitious third act, which action films increasingly seem to do recently.…
When Judge Dredd means business...he MEANS business.
I had a hard time getting past the main judge's acting, the soundtrack, and the similar plot of The Raid, but around half way through something clicked (I think it was when Anderson and Kay were inside Kay's mind overpowering each other with their fucked up-ness): My feelings towards the acting of the main Judge changed by convincing myself that he isn't just a rookie trying to keep order in a dystopian world; he is THE JUDGE who doesnt just TRY to keep order, he DOES keep order no matter what. It made him more mechanic and constructed for this sole purpose but it worked. Not revealing his helmet helped out with that…
A pretty ordinary cookie-cutter summer action flick, while it's not as gloriously campy as the Stallone outing, it does deliver a gorgeously vivid grade, and some quite cool use of slow-mo, and a fresh take on on-screen violence. Modern clothing and smartphones are a jarring art department decision. Aside from that, not astounding, but entertaining. I can see comic genre fans getting behind this one substantially more than I did.
Keeping it short but sweet because there's so many good reviews of this.
It's exactly what I want from an action film. Shot with a lot of colour and some interesting slow-mo that's very dream-like. I'll admit to not having read the comics, but I just thought this was slick.
It's the best comic book movie since Tim Burton's first Batman.
I know what your going to say, "but bro, The Dark Knight bro!" Or, "bro! What about The Avengers bro?!"
1) Academy Award-winning actor Heath Ledger is way overrated. Lick your lips a few times and suddenly you're better than Jack Nicholson?? Come on son.
jpar76, you know what I'm saying.
2) The Avengers is for small children and very lonely adults.
Dredd is B-movie glory, all carnage and gore and no bullshit. Perhaps the only real message of this movie is that if you break the law, justice will shoot you in the fucking face. Which is refreshing.
Karl Urban brings the character of Judge Dredd back to it's intended badassness. The helmet is never removed, and no compromises are given.
So fuck you crime. I am the law.
Also, the drug sequences are pretty tight.
video game narrative with tony scott hyper colour and urban's gruff wit driven by brutish violence, although worth noting that while it is strikingly barbarous, the pov slo mo deaths carry a haze of poetic romanticism. the slo mo inhalers even have a little heart engraved on the front, giving a bittersweet taste of irony before death.
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