Dredd (18)

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Action and adventure

Karl Urban in Dredd

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Time Out says

Wed Sep 5 2012

It’s possible to make a good film from mediocre material, but it’s an uphill battle. Alex Garland’s script for this return to Mega City One is lazy and derivative: the characters are slight and the twists unconvincing, while a presumably accidental but highly conspicuous similarity to the plot of this year’s ‘The Raid’ robs it of any sense of surprise. So respect is due to director Pete Travis, who from these humble beginnings has fashioned a dynamic, entertaining and visually sensational action romp.

Karl Urban plays Judge Dredd, a fascistic future cop with the right to try and execute wrongdoers on the spot. When he discovers that scarred supervillain Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) is responsible for the production of a deadly new narcotic, Slo-Mo, Dredd tools up and goes hunting. The film has clearly been made on a tighter budget than your average Hollywood shoot-’em-up, but Travis makes the most of limited resources: the industrial backdrops are stunning, the action scenes sizzle and the eye-of-the-addict Slo-Mo sequences are sickeningly beautiful. A shame, then, that the script consistently falls so flat.

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18

UK release:

Fri Sep 7, 2012

Duration:

95 mins

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S Maccer

Well, I don't know what film most of you were watching, but it clearly wasn't this one as this was an excellent rendition of the character of Judge Dredd. Karl Urban gets full marks for playing the character so well. The only niggle that I have with this is that it wasn't shown in enough cinemas in 2D. But that doesn't effect my final score of it. I'll look forward to getting this on DVD when it's released :)

S Maccer

Well, I don't know what film most of you were watching, but it clearly wasn't this one as this was an excellent rendition of the character of Judge Dredd. Karl Urban gets full marks for playing the character so well. The only niggle that I have with this is that it wasn't shown in enough cinemas in 2D. But that doesn't effect my final score of it. I'll look forward to getting this on DVD when it's released :)

Alan

Megacity One does look great, but that’s all I can say in favour of this. It’s as if someone thought, ‘Gouts of blood in slow motion and 3-D would look really cool; let’s make a film around that.’ This plays far too much to the 3-D, which looks artificial, in places horribly cluttered and distracting, and at one point makes one of the characters (Judge Dredd himself, I believe) look as though they’ve shrunk. I’m no wimp when it comes to gore, but there’s a nasty sadistic streak in here too. There’s also precious little plot. My friend and I saw this and ‘Total Recall’ together on following days; I must admit my friend loved both films, but I thought that ‘Total Recall’ was far superior. Ironically I think I’d have enjoyed this a lot more in 2-D.

eddie

what an exciting violent action film! one of the best films this year for sheer adult enjoyment with great pounding loud exciting soundtrack....much much much better that the Sly Stallone one!!

eddie

what an exciting violent action film! one of the best films this year for sheer adult enjoyment with great pounding loud exciting soundtrack....much much much better that the Sly Stallone one!!

scrumpyjack

I'll compare it to my THE RAID comments........it's good but, in respect of repetiveness, hits the buffers an hour or so in. The finest 3D in an action film, it must be said. PS, were there drugs being manufactured at the Nakitomi Plaza? Missed that! 7/10

Nemesis

Stop comparing it to the raid, only similarity is the vertical location, you may as well compare it to die hard. Dredd is a solid movie and a goob adaptation.

BobbyM

Its vision of Mega City One is fresh and credible, a really bleak linear look, which is good as each Artist on 2000AD had his own distinct take on the city. this does too and its compelling. liked the subtle Graffiti acknowledging past characters in the series. Use of technology was pitch perfect for it and engaging, did not get too overblown but focused on what was iconic about it. Strong Leads, nicely played. well worthy of a sequel

Rikki the raccon

I agree with Martin T that the humour is totally missing here, which is why its a two star movie. Garland, Travis and the producers are totally missing the tone of the comics which was very satirical. In addition lets not forget that mega city one was never just as off the rack dystopia as depicted here - this was a place where weather-control meant that it rained when the streets got dirty and the majority of citizens lived in fear of fascistic judges. I think that the big problem may be with Dredd himself - he's not the best character from 2000AD for a big screen adaptation and the helmet, costume etc always do look a bit silly in real life - as the hulk movies prove, some comics are better left as comics. I understand that Rebellion who own the rights are a bunch of video game boys who have been tied up in legal issues for years and this is why no other 2000AD strips are ever adapted. Its a shame this great piece of British intellectual property can't have better handlers as I for one would love to see Nemesis, Slaine or Robohunter on the big screen!

MartinT

They obviously read the Judge Dredd comics before making the film and the the tough, incorruptible humourless hero is well done. It is certainly an enjoyable action movie. However, the humour of the comics is entirely missing, so they are only half way there.

chuffsterUK

Please don't publish anything by Dreddhead, Coolfan123 or whatever names that psycho uses.Still, he'll be there tomorrow at the first showing...I can guarantee it!

chuffsterUK

Please don't publish anything by Dreddhead, Coolfan123 or whatever names that psycho uses.Still, he'll be there tomorrow at the first showing...I can guarantee it!

darnmarr

Dreddhead give it up. I'm sorry that Rebellion/DNA never used the script that you yourself wrote but haunting the interweb with your knee-jerk negativity and calling Garland a 'hack' everywhere is kinda sad: let it go, my friend- you'll feel better for it.

darnmarr

Dreddhead give it up. I'm sorry that Rebellion/DNA never used the script that you yourself wrote but haunting the interweb with your knee-jerk negativity and calling Garland a 'hack' everywhere is kinda sad: let it go, my friend- you'll feel better for it.