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Awesome plot, cinematography, writing, action, and ending. Action movies don't get any better than this.
Karl Urban does a wonderful job with just his voice and chin. This is a pulpy, butt-kicking action movie. Everything an action movie should be.
Super bloody, awesome action, and a decent plot. I just thought this movie was pretty badass!
Science Fiction, fantasy, action and violence in yet another wasteland called America. I’ve seen this future and it doesn’t always work. Sometimes I get tired of wasting the United States. It was fun seeing Lena Headley (Cersai in Game of Thrones), but she’s still evil. I hope she gets some other performances so she’s not always so nasty.
Comic booky, simple dialogue. Olivia Thirlby was great as Anderson. Glad to see it, wouldn’t recommend it.
Hard R, ultra-violent. Dredd is judge, jury, and executioner in a hideous dystopian future. Dredd is incorruptible and relentless. An action movie that doesn’t pull any punches. Not an intellectual romp, just action.
Don't allow yourself to be put off by the 90's Stallone movie, this movie has very little in common with it. In fact, this version is a much better reflection of the source material, the Judge Dredd and 2000AD comics. Dredd is a solid dystopian sci-fi action movie that works best if you don't go in expecting anything. Be warned, the movie is less about Dredd himself than it is his partner, Judge Anderson, and the residents of Peach Trees. Dredd is there to keep the story moving and the bullets flying.
Those of us that were disappointed that a sequel was never made can check youtube for the animated miniseries followup 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend', done by Dredd's Executive Producer Adi Shankar.
Incredibly entertaining action film, follows its source material pretty well and very well produced.
It tries to do that bottle episode format that tv shows make use of, ie closed circumstances, which involves less settings and more focus on a short term scenario, without having to introduce new elements too often.
Also, a song from Matt Berry's Snuff Box is briefly heard in a scene, and that is about as good as it gets for your obscure references. I mean, I guess Judge Dredd is british and Snuff Box is british.
Despite being given powers of judge, jury, and executioner, the Judges are "losing control of the city" because of...reasons. But Dredd is on the case. I wasn't in a good mood for this film, and maybe didn't give it a fair chance, which is why I didn't rate it. I have no liking for vigilante films, and Dredd has a combination of sadism and prudery characteristic of the genre. For example, three men are skinned alive, and thrown off a building -- but still have their pants on, Whew! In fairness, it is also witty, well designed, well shot, and has some of the tense action of films like The Raid. Most fans of action or the comic will enjoy it, but for now, I couldn't finish it.
Good adaptation of the comic book " Judge Dredd " ( from 2000 AD )- although it doesn't maintain the humor evident throughout the comic- it is a competent action film in it's own right ( certainly better than the Sylvester Stallone version of Dredd ).
If you haven't seen this film, you're doing something wrong. Best 80's movie to come out in 2012.
Stellar. Just great great great. What a nice surprise. An action movie to rival the original Robocop. I loved not seeing the main characters face the whole time. Who takes such a role? And special effects were original.
Except for a few (witty) nods at the previous version, this movie is a stand alone product. It doesn't clone the original, and it doesn't try too hard to not be it. The updated CGI and a new take on what the future will look like are great. There was actually acting in this one (sorry Sly fans, but he cant' act) and I could understand the dialogue without close captions. It was actually fun to watch--twice.
Much better then I thought, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 7 and I can see why. No comparison to the Stallone Dredd. Gritty, action packed, a allegory in ways of the future of man if we don't change. In a bleak and pointless future there are the Judges, and among them the greatest Judge Dredd kicks ass and takes no names. Great movie, highly recommended to anyone who likes a solid action film.
I agree with the other reviewers- it's a tight little film. It reminds me of Terminator One. Too bad Stallone was in Dredd Two- that would kill off any franchise.
Grimness, grit, attitude; all here. Pity about the slow-motion murders tho- glamourized violence is porn, and the fact that the whole movie is shot in industrial corridors gets a bit *too* real.
This is one of the best films ever made! It's flow and tempo are perfect. The story is concise. The soundtrack is brilliant. The dialogue is classic Dredd (Karl Urban, a big Judge Dredd fan, cut down some of the lines to be more Dredd like). The actors were all perfect in their roles. When I watched this the first time, I didn't realize it was Urban as Dredd, he acted it perfectly (which is difficult under a helmet).
Yes, the movie is gory and gritty, but never gratuitously so. It's reflective of the reality they are trying to portray.
Watched this again, and again, and again.
I was skeptical before I watched this movie. I never read the comics or watched the original movie (can't really stand Slyvester Stallone). I also wasn't sure what to think about Karl Urban. I enjoyed him in the Star Trek movies but wasn't sure about him solo. I really liked him. Even though you can't see his face (because of his helmet), he does an exceptional job of using his tone to set the mood. Lena Headey was my favorite part. She knows how to get an audience to hate her (practice from GoT as Cersei Baratheon lol). Great cast, writing, storyline, brutal violence and really cool slo-mo scenes. A must watch for fans of the original/comics or sci-fi/superhero fans.
I like my action movies like I like my whiskey and hamburgers, cheap, potent and bloody. I wasn't expecting much from this version of the long-running comic book character (it was made into a campy movie with Sylvester Stallone in the 90s), but this was quite entertaining , a super violent, wall to wall dystopian action movie with some cool fx and good performances. Kiwi Karl Urban, best known as Bones from the new "Star Trek" movies, plays Dredd and never takes his helmet off, the usually indie Olivia Thrilby is his rookie partner and Lena Headey from "Game of Thrones" is the sadistic villain. Screenplay by Alex Garland, who wrote "The Beach" and "28 Days Later."
If you love sci fi and dystopian this is worth a look. A lot of people of people love the idea that instant justice would be a big improvement, but I think this movie makes a case against it. Do we really want the corrupt judge/cops making these life or death decisions with no controls? Not me! Hopefully we aren't still fighting the failed war on drugs this far in the future. I wonder where they get their energy from? Must be the fusion reactors that are always 5 years away yet things are still a mess.
A nice approach to the Dredd series. Story line has you thinking "oh S@#)$#$*#%".
Violent and bloody. Corn syrup costs were high on a few occasions.
Dredd is serious and you never see his face. This was probably to avoid people being sad that Stallone didn't reprise his role.
Worth the watch.
There's a very old saying "that the best things in life are free." That may be true for some, but for others it's the "unexpected." I say this because i called my friend and asked her if she wanted to see the movie Dredd with me and she immediately said i already saw the Stallone movie on 42nd street years ago and it was kind of corny. I told her it was an updated version and i was buying Cuban sandwiches. One hour later, we were sitting on my futon watching the movie on my HOMETHEATER!. Here's the unexpected part. The audio is "sound freak approved!" My HOMETHEATER made me very proud to own it as my apartment sound as if there was a war going on inside. And the visuals were very graphic, showing bullets tearing through flesh in slow motion and had my friend grabbing my arm several times. And let us not forget those HUGE MINI GUNS!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!! My friend actually applauded during that scene. That's a first! This film is definately a part of my collection. I'm giving this ultra violent, extremely graphic movie 4 thumbs up and 5 stars!!!!! HUH??!!! YES, five stars. For excellent sound, serious visuals that had my friend grabbing my arm, A decent story, me enjoying the moment watching my friend freak out and saying several times "he looks so serious" for the actor who played Dredd, and MAMA!!!! She was vicious!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did Dreed smile one time? A large order of chicken fingers and french fries with coke.
not a patch on the Stallone film. shows promise for further installments but its called DREDD for a reason - this was too much about the woman rather than dredd & beinbg done all inside one building made it a bit boring. does show promise for follow-upstho if they get it right rate it c+