Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Directed by: Pete Travis
Written By: Alex Garland
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 35 min
With admittedly only limited exposure to the source material, I still felt this was a faithful attempt to pull Judge Dredd from the comic book pages and put him in our theaters. Karl Urban delivers a pitch perfect performance as the central character Dredd, and the production design creates a world that’s gritty and authentic. This is also really entertaining, with a nice balance of over the top violence, dark humor and gorgeous slow motion photography you won’t forget!
You don’t need to be a fan of the comics to enjoy this. The plot is pretty simple, so if you like your dystopian science fiction gritty and violent, you’ll have a blast with this. This movie is rated R because, Dredd!
This is one of the few 3D movies that’s worth seeing in the extra dimension. But a regular matinée showing works just fine too. A nice big screen and surround sound system if you’re watching this at home. This is a really great looking film so watching this on a laptop, tablet or phone would be a mistake.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Ma-Ma (Lena Headley) and her gang completely destroy an entire floor of their Mega block, with several high powered Gatling guns in an attempt to kill Dredd. They fail of course and once the firing stops, Dredd grabs Ma-Ma’s bodyguard and throws him over the balcony. Ma-Ma can only watch on as Dredd calmly walks away. Nice.