Quite simply a superior action film, and whilst it's no masterpiece (then again, it's not supposed to be) it's as good as fans could ever have hoped.
I rank this 8/10. One of the best movies of 2012. Awesome Soundtrack (Kind of a Trance Style). Great choice of visuals, seems closer to today which made it more identifiable with most people. Slo-Mo was used too much though
When I heard they were making a new Dredd film, my heart was filled with trepidation... after all, the previous attempt in 1995 was an utter disaster. An example of how not to make a movie from a comic book character. Completely miscast, and with a total lack of understanding about the character of Dredd himself.
So I was very, very happy when I saw this a couple of years ago... Karl Urban is the perfect choice for the role of Dredd and he plays this gruff, unsmiling and unbending man to perfection... and importantly, the character NEVER removes his helmet during the film. Urban manages to convey everything through the angle/tilt of his head and the expression of his mouth... without cracking a smile in any way... Exactly as Dredd would.
The supporting cast is fairly good too, Lena Headey is great as the nasty MaMa as is Olivia Thirlby as the psychic rookie Judge Anderson.
What lets the film down is the fact it's a low budget movie, and this shows in a lot of the visual effects and the use of vehicles. The Lawmaster bikes looked a little silly and some of the exterior landscape views across the city looked sparse. It also shows in the quality of some of the cast I felt.
The writing overall was good, well suited to the characters for the most part.
I for one am hoping they greenlight a sequel, one with a budget more suited to this kind of movie... This one is really good and the negatives I mentioned don't really detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. It's certainly one that I come back to and watch again when the mood strikes... But imagine how great it could have been if they could have enhanced those visuals and got a few extra actors in to raise the overall quality of the performances.
But whatever the outcome... if there's a sequel there is but one certainty. Urban IS Dredd and there is no other actor more suited to the role.
So after the durge that the 95 Stallone Dredd I was sickened... after this one I was ecstatic... and I know that for a fact because last night I watched both of them back to back.
Pretty violent. Nice movie
This was a good action movie. Visually stunning and visceral. It is really hard to compare it with the previous Judge Dredd movie they are just different animals. This movie is more straight up action where the previous version had move levity and camp.
For good, new adaptation.
Agreed, that slow-mo was over-done a bit much, but it seems that's what the people demand these days.
Very much action packed. Great ending sequence.
I did like the slow-mo and sound effects, very well done. Just not as much would have been better.
Mega City One; an unbroken concrete landscape. Population 800,000,000
“Twelve serious crimes reported every minute. Seventeen thousand per day. We can respond to around six percent."
Dredd (Karl Urban) is a Judge, a law enforcement officer with the Hall of Justice; each highly trained, physically, tactically and morally. Judge, jury, and when dictated, executioner. They are the law.
Dredd is asked evaluate Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a subpar graduate with a gift, as to her potential as a Judge. Told 1 in 5 don’t survive the first day, Dredd gives Anderson the choice of which call they respond to. The call takes them to Peach Trees, a 200 storey mega block with 75,000 residents, and on to Ma-Ma’s (Lena Headey) turf.
Ma-Ma, a psychotic prostitute turned drug lord, is producing a new and highly addictive drug which she sees as her ticket to expansion throughout Mega City One. The arrival of the Judges causes far reaching problems and she orders the hallways cleared and for them to be hunted down and executed.
In late 2010 Pete Travis was announced as the director on Dredd and my heart sank; his 2008 film Vantage Point is a disjointed and tedious mess. Thankfully Travis really has a grip on the tight script penned by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and delivers a solid film filled with explosive action and over the top ultra-violence. Garland's script deftly handles the material, grounding it and never gets bogged down in exposition.
Karl Urban, channeling a young Clint Eastwood, delivers an unwavering performance as Dredd; stoic and relentless. Judge Anderson is idealistic and determined and Olivia Thirlby brings a strength to the role that would have been diminished without it.
As the villain Ma-Ma, Lena Headey is patchy at times. A disappointing weak delivery of an order to "Fire!" spoilt the beginning of one of the most exciting firefights of recent memory. A minor performance from Domhnall Gleeson as Ma-Ma's pasty tech guy is noteworthy.
Oscar winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, Antichrist) brings the gritty reality of Peach Trees to the screen with a deep focus that accentuate the long corridors and the height of 200 storeys. Grain persists throughout the hallway scenes adding to the grit and grime. Shot natively in 3D, it is among the best of late; corridors feel long, rooms confined and the slow motion effects of being under the influence of the drug looks gorgeous with its vibrant palette.
Dredd is a visually arresting thrill with solid performances and a level of violence that almost borders comical.
Amusing over stylized ultraviolence with the expected dialog, some of the costuming (Domhnall) was really good.
Judge Dredd: Rookie, you're ready? Anderson: Yeah. Judge Dredd: You don't look ready.
Judge Dredd: I was wondering when you'd remember you forgot your helmet. Anderson: Sir, a helmet can interfere with my psychic abilities. Judge Dredd: Think a bullet in the head might interfere with them more.
Judge Dredd: You ready? Anderson: Yeah. Judge Dredd: You look ready.
I was blown away with the awesomeness of this movie when it came out. At the time, Judge Dredd was a joke. I AM THE LAAAAHHHWW! Classic terrible movie that stuck with the character too. That is, until the new movie came along. This is what I want in a R rated action film. It knows what it is, and it doesn't try to be some sort of deep, emotional drama with action. No, it is a simple plot, with a simple conflict that is super exciting to watch.
I had actually forgetten a lot of the details since I first saw this one. It was nice to live through it again. The whole sequence with the homeless guy is one that I enjoyed going through blind twice. And the outcome of those giant chain guns coming out... wonderful. But the very best part of the whole movie is the fact that Karl Urban nails that role. Somehow he keeps that frustrated and annoyed frowny face going for every shot, yet still manages to show us what he's thinking internally. Urban has a sad frowny face, a happy frowny face, a bored frowny face, and even a respectful frowny face. That is acting folks.
Stylish and violent but also run of the mill, there's no new ground covered here from a story perspective. There's the rookie "cop", the ruthless drug lord, the downtrodden community...believe me, you've seen it all before. But Karl Urban as Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as Anderson build such a great relationship that it makes up for the usual tropes. There is nothing touchy or feely between the partners, just a respect and a trust that is built during their mission. It's one of the better seasoned veteran, sharp rookie matchups I've seen in a while.
What doesn't work here is Lena Headey as the crime boss, Ma-Ma. Her character is as dark and grotesque as they come. Her generic thugs, who only exist for Dredd to blast to pieces, have a bond with her that doesn't make sense. Why they would obey her every command and sacrifice their lives for her makes no sense. The impression is that the henchmen all believe they are badass enough to take Dredd out, but the viewer knows better, and it gets boring.
The look of "Dredd" is grimy and worn, futuristic but decaying. The rock-jawed performance of Urban and the smart, tough role played by Thirlby made this entertaining. There's a lot of blood, guts and violence, though. It's definitely not the usual comic book movie.
I only watched it once. It is sexier and way more violent than the Sylvester Stallone movie. As well as better. Well, much better.Since the original was a Stallone movie. He had to take the helmet off through most the movie. I don’t recall seeing Karl Urban’s face once in this movie. Urban’s is so serious and bad ass. That he might as well be playing Robocop. He doesn’t mess around and doesn’t shoot out his lines, over the top. Like Stallone did in the 1995 movie.Dredd just suffers through too many stylish slow motion scenes.
I liked it more than I expected. Well, clearly I’m a big sucker for darker scifi movies. It has kinda high ratio of ‘Shots into heads per second’ and plot is nothing spectacular. Besides that there some cool feats like lovely&gritty atmosfere, yummy soundtrack and lovely camera shots.
I prefer this look of dredd over the 1995 version of dredd.
lena headey se garantiu !
I blind-bought the Blu-ray of this one recently since I heard it's actually underrated and succeeds even the first film, Judge Dredd (1995) with Stallone. Prior to seeing this, I knew the Dredd comics had a lot of bloody and gory content, and this one provided some of that. It's a more dark gritty reboot, definitely different from the '95 film, and the soundtrack is more electronic as opposed to orchestral. There are some nice visuals and cinematics; a bit on the saturated look. They use a lot of that Frank Miller 300-style slow motion effect, still effectively cool considering it seems low-budget CGI like you'd see from an indie action short film such as Kung Fury (2015) or Manborg (2011). The protagonist Ma-Ma is played by Lena Headey whom I recognize from the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, which I've been catching up on lately. I realized she's been in Game of Thrones, The Purge, and the 300 sequel as well. Olivia Thirlby, who plays a rookie Judge Anderson, is a cutie. She kinda reminded me of Samus Aran. See it in 3D if you can.
much better than the awful Stallone version, with Karl Urban making a very convincing Dredd indeed. shame the studio has no plans to make a sequel.
The greatest movie I've seen in a while, packed with action and strait to the point. Eagerly awaiting a sequel (hopefully).
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The cinematography was exceptional and the atmosphere created around a quite single plot was very engaging. Liked the performances of both protagonists, amd the vilain (Ma-Ma). All in all a very entartaining action movie. Certainly closer to the Dredd universe than the 1995 stalone flop.
Wow, this film was GREAT! I'm sad it took me so long to get round to watching it.
Disheartening to hear that it didn't make much money and that a squeal likely wont happen.
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On one hand i liked the movie. It created great atmosphere, the story and world are simple yet interesting. I love the play by Lena Headey (Ma-Ma), i think that she is the strong point of the movie. Conceptually, I really enjoyed the implementation of telepathy and the use of it by Cassandra Anderson (played by Olivia Thirlby). The scene where is goes to into Kay's head (Wood Harris) and messes with him just made me love her :).
On other hand, what i really did not like, were the costumes (e.i. Judge Dredd was comical with his helmet, or the Judge's motorcycles). I think that for a movie in made in 2012 they looked like from cheap sfi-fi movies in 80's or 90's. Finally, what made the movie, for me, to go down several points, was the scene with two (or three?) Gatling gun's and Judge Dredd running from their fire like for 5 minutes, and they firing thousands and thousands of rounds, destroying half of Megablock floor, killing a lot of civilians around Dredd, but never hitting him. That was just ludicrousness and i hate scenes like that.
This might be just for me, otherwise i would bump the rating to 7 and if you are a fan of Dredd comis (I have never read it) add another point to it.
Loved the slo-mo scenes. Other than that this movie was weak and very disappointing.
Good entertaining remake, but gore and slowmo is overdone
This is one of thr best action movies coming from the USA in a long long time...
"Welcome to the inside of your head. It's kind of empty in here."
"Welcome to the inside of your head. It's kind of empty in here."
On a technical level Dredd is a little off at times (acting, dialogue, character interactions, editing, lighting) it's not that bad but it took me out of it a few times. It takes itself too seriously and completely lacks comedy in the first 40 minutes which gives off the wrong impression because everything after that is more fun oriented: pure action, gory kills and all kinds of comedy. I only wanted more of these moments because it's not quite enough. The final showdown was very short-lived, I expected way more.
You can never go wrong with Lena Headey as a villain, she was clearly a standout. Karl Urban's voice is always welcome. Favorite character ended up being Anderson and her mind readind. Basic score but it works well. The slow-motion scenes are ridiculous but it adds to the comedy I guess.
Yep. Still terrible. If someone tells you that they really like this movie I'd take it as a pretty blaring red flag, and I'm no psychic. It revels in the disgusting, the violent, and violating.
Purely technically, the editing is bad, and the picture generally looks cheap and ugly, the hideous green post processing on top of blaring yellows and reds being the proverbial lipstick on a pig. The film was obviously under budgeted, which got my grading curve to its favor when I first saw it, but Olivia Thirlby really is the only saving grace. Karl Urban can barely manage to get any acting through the plastic-for-metal, the helmet is so obstructive, and the affected voice is almost as bad as Bale's Batman. There's also seemingly no message, and the whole thing just feels like a waste of time, and in that time you've been mind raped.
10/10All Gold Dredd uncut is one Hella of a movie and literally takes noPrisoners.Carl and Olivia put inan absolute Stella performance.This movie definitely takes inspiration fromThe Raid and that is nota bad thing at all in factit's that choice that makes this movie soFrickin Awesome.I love the no nonsense feeland the dirty gritty attitude it has from start to finish.Ironically it's criminal thatwe never got any sequels from this hard hitting Tons of fun movie.
Verdict: full of attitude and charisma with anunapologetic approach.A BALLS TO WALLS MOVIE And a Hella of a Good TimeWhat's not to Love.
Badass movie, if you like this check out The Raid movies
This is one sexy film.Style is definitely overbearing though. In a way, it feels unearned.
I AM THE LAW
"Negotiation's over. Sentence is death."
"Negotiation's over. Sentence is death."
One of the best comic book movie adaptations and it’s a damn shame that no one saw it and that any future projects of it are most likely not happening. Karl Urban nails the look and attitude and something about it feeling low budget fits that dirty world.
UHD is 2K upscale HDR 10
“I am the Law.” Dredd attempts to reboot the Judge Dredd series as a gritty, ultraviolent action film. In this adaptation, Dredd, a police officer with the power to sentence and execute criminals in the field, takes on a trainee for a ride-along and ends up locked down in building complex controlled by a crime lord. Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby form an interesting cast and deliver some good performances. The costumes and set designs are also quite impressive, and make for a captivating visual style. Yet some of the scenes are overly artistic and self-indulgent. But the action is done well, and the soundtrack does an exceptional job at enhancing the tone of the film. With a bold new vision, Dredd delivers an exciting and adrenaline-packed adventure.
Some mindless entertainment for a sleepy afternoon. Lena Headley will always be a draw for me. A surprising bit part for Domhnall Gleason. I’m not sure Karl Urban brought much to the titular role but newcomer Olivia Thirlby brought heart to the movie. I give this a 7 (good) out of 10. [Comic Book Action]
Watched with the guys, I liked this. We made a lot of "Raid" jokes early on (the premise is super close), but it was different enough... Definitely not great, but it was a lot of fun. I didn't really know anything about the Judge Dredd universe and this has me searching out graphic novels / collections. Loved the gritty "used future" style. Would be interested to hear suggestions on storylines or anything to search out or stay away from... there's a TON out there.
Just gore-action casual movie. standard
The world-building is pretty nice, from cinematography, narrative, and characters' dialogue. However as an action flick the action scenes leaves something to be desired. There is no stake in the Judges' character as we know they will always win no matter the situation. The gun shots are kinda plain. Effects are neatly dramatic and flashy. The characters, given the short amount of time they actually interact with each other, are actually pretty interesting and I wished they could have built more on that.
The plot reminds the raid, this is entertaining and he does not remove the helmet, the action is fine
Mindless action.Karl Urban doesn't even show his face... I wonder if it was really him or they just paid to use his name.
Brilliant slo-mo scenes, intercalated with lots of explosions, blood and glitter floating in the air. Week storyline/script.
After the cult movie "Judge Dredd", this had to be a disappointment since it couldn't possibly live up to the hype. What resulted is a solid yet not overly inspired action flick during which no brain capacities what so every are needed.
Olivia Thirlby is the reason i've seen this , movie is like a 3 or 4 i gave 5 because she was in it and was a psychic
Incindiary ammo, armor piercing ammo, i think someone might have been playing mass effect before making this movie
Nothing more than 2 hours of fun and a drugged out Cercie.
Wasn't much plot to it
Biggest piece off shitt I have seen in a long time.
Dark strange action movie. Probably need to be a previous Judge Dredd fan to enjoy.
Loved it! doesn't take a lot of complicated plots to make a great action movie ;-)
@sp1tiWell, to me the visual-effects are actually on the good side - but visual effects and slow motion alone doesn't make a movie great.OK I knew it's going to be a simple action movie, but to me & again this goes JUST FOR ME, this flick was too simple - it didn't had any additional value to me.It was just like "you shoot me, I shoot you". There are a lot of movies like this, but in Terminator for example it goes about the survival of mankind - so that's something.But don't let us get too critical here - it's a comic adaptation after all ;D(Maybe I was just disgusted by this stupid Stallone mouth imitation and this ridiculous costume-design which looked like a direct copy from the 90's)
Too bad you didn't enjoy it :/. I can get that the visuals are a bit off putting (especially in 2d) but it's a fun ride. The ending could have been better though.
Why oh why did I watch this??? :(
The overly used slow mo gimmick kinda killed it for me.
4/10 for Action by itself, everything else was pretty awful. The Actors were bland and uninteresting. Dredd's scowl was infuriating. I get it - you're a badass, but you've gotta have more than one expression! Could have made Mama a more sophisticated and interesting criminal, but it wasn't to be. It was a perfect setting to provide some social commentary, and make it into a smart action film. But instead it was just a dumb, level climbing, Duke Nukem 3D style movie.
And as the other users said - Slo Mo was BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD.
to much fake blood,the stalone vesion was much better.but the machine gun scene was pretty impressive
Much better than the Stallone version.
Not too bad at all, shame about the lame 3D effects ruining an otherwise pretty good action film. Agree on the soundtrack being awesome!
You're in for some crushed skulls!
I give this movie a 3 out of 10 for effort. It was visually bland, not at all futuristic looking. Wrong choice of actor; the guy was way too small, scrony, his helmet looked too big for him. He had the right look on his face for the character type, but not a strong gruff enough voice. The story was bland, not much going for it.
The slomo I assume where for the 3D more than anything, and looked terrible.
I think this movie was made more for Dredd comic book fans, which runs into the danger of not appealing to people beyond that small circle. Would explain why it flopped.
The Stallone version is one of those old action classics of the time, had good visuals in the blade runner style and had decent action.
No smile for Dredd. ^^
I am the law
So much better than expected. It's very original for an action-movie.
Pretty neat remake or rather new adaptation of the comic! And Olivia Thirlby.
Was good action and very fun to watch.
Remake of the Judge Dredd? Nice! :D