Dredd (2012), My review

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Gossip/News/Reviews - Film
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Here is my review of “Dredd” which I saw on BT Vision recently (Released on 28th January 2013).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

I have been looking forward to seeing this remake of Judge Dredd and anticipated that it would be a better effort than Sylvester Stalone’s effort.

In this version, Judge Dredd (played by Karl Urban), Mega-City One’s top law enforcer, is reluctantly paired with psychic rookie Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) as her assessor for the day – a day that quickly sees them trapped in Peach Trees, a 200-storey mega tower block, by psycho Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), who, with her hordes of minions, is dealing in a new drug called Slo-mo. Their only way out: up. And what follows is an action packed adventure of blood, gore, bullets and more bullets.

After an opening chase that lays out the Judges’ rules of engagement (see someone committing a crime: kill them) we meet Anderson. She failed the Judge aptitude test, but due to a childhood bordering the radiation containment zone, she’s a “mutent” and has psychic powers. She’s given one day to prove herself as Dredd’s ride-along. As it happens, this is the day they’ll stumble into the roughest block in the city — the Peach Trees.

The Peach Trees is ruled by  Ma-Ma – a ruthless gang-leader with a monopoly on Slo-Mo, the hottest new drug in this miserable future. The drug (whose delivery method is the same as an asthma inhaler) causes the brain to perceive time at 1% normal speed. This makes for a number of shootout scenes that look pretty awesome.

The shootouts come once Ma-Ma puts a lockdown on the Peach Trees and orders all of its 75,000 inhabitants to either kill the two lawmen or stay the hell out of the way. Dredd must therefore make his way to the top level and take out the boss if he’s ever to escape. I wont say much more just in case you want to watch it, suffice to say there is a lot of blood and gore.

I really enjoyed this film. even with the limited budget the film looks very impressive. Its pretty gruesome and violent at times, for example a machine gun reduces a head to a pulp. The murky green/brown colour scheme, along with the brief opening in Mega-City One , clearly show that this post-apocalyptic world is rundown, seedy, and gone to pot.

Dredd is brilliant he has no personality or humour (just like the comics). There is a grunt here, a monosyllabic response there, and that is it. Urben is excellent in this role. And unlike Stallone, the helmet stays on. In addition, there is no soppy back story, Dredd it transported straight from the comics onto the screen. With Dredd unchanging, and Lena Headey’s quietly chilling villainess, Ma-Ma, proving equally monomaniacal, the emotional arc is given to Thirlby, whose engaging Anderson has to grow up quickly as the bullets start flying.

So well worth a watch in my opinion. I hope there is a sequel.

But what did you think? Do you agree?

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  1. CMrok93 says:

    There’s an awesome-looking style to it that makes the action kick that much more ass, but in terms of action, I felt like they were missing something. Still, it’s a whole lot of fun. Nice review.

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