Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Diane Lane
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Written By: William Wisher Jr, Steven E. de Souza
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 36 min
If you’re looking for an example of a purely studio influenced movie with little respect for the source material, then look no further than Judge Dredd. Strangely though – it’s a bit of guilty pleasure of mine. The plot is actually quite decent (at least for the first half of the film), and the production design and visual effects are respectable. The movie also does a respectable job of adapting Dredd’s early comic book adventures. Delivering violent action, sure, but with a little fun too.
Its many problems are due (in my opinion) to studio influences. This was set as a summer action vehicle for Stallone, and nothing more. That’s why they broke with tradition and unmasked Dredd (sacrilege), and that’s why the character call Herman (Rob Schneider) was thrown in to provide comic relief. The whole thing is pretty by the numbers Hollywood fare, but it’s certainly not boring, and despite its multiple problems it’s oddly entertaining.
This is pretty mindless, but fun. Keep your expectations really low and you may get some enjoyment out of this. If you do check this out, make sure you also watch Dredd (2012) too. In my opinion a much better interpretation of the character.
Best viewing format:
The production design of the mega cities is great, but I doubt this will ever see the big screen ever again. A HDTV viewing at home is a must. Alan Silvestri’s score needs to be heard too, so turn up the volume!
The score by Alan Silvestri is superb. The film could be released with no other audio other than his score, and it would be a huge improvement. It’s that good.