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Dredd
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Jan 21, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Pete Travis

Actors:
Karl Urban
Lena Heady
Olivia Thirlby

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Judge Dredd and his rookie partner trace a new drug to the apartment complex where it's being manufactured and distributed. It's not long before the building is locked down from the inside, leaving them to fend for themselves in a kill or be killed race against time.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The tale of Judge Dredd is a sad one, despite the fact that it shouldn't be. I loved the campy Stallone version, but DREDD was one reboot I was seriously looking forward to. The lore is there, the character is fantastic and the action looked beyond promising...so what the hell happened? Why did this flick underperform? Was it the R rating, poor timing or simply LIONSGATE's inability to properly showcase a film? Who can know for sure, but here's my two cents:

From a character standpoint, Karl Urban blew this out of the water as Judge Dredd. He had the look, the mannerisms, the attitude and the ass kicking ability to boot. Even some of the cheesier lines were well executed, though I'll admit the writing here was pretty damn tight. I also loved the fact that Urban didn't take off his helmet. Not once. And that's a good thing as too often Hollywood likes to throw in all these scenes where masked characters are unmasked, like we've forgotten it's Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield playing Spider-Man, or in case we forgot it's Robert Downey Jr. playing Iron Man. We get it guys, enough already. It's about the character, not the actor playing them. So yes, that was a notable plus.

The action was nothing short of spectacular as well. DREDD was R and for good reason as he ripped baddies a new a-hole left, right and center. The violence wasn't overdone either and in my humble opinion fit the bill rather nicely. The Slo-Mo drug was the coolest "new drug gimmick" since Nuke and True Blood, so hat's off the team for that as well. The story here was alright, and even though Dredd and his smokin' rookie partner (loved the psychic avenue as well) were confined to a building all film--due to budget restrictions I hear--it worked well enough to keep me satisfied. The always splendid Lena Heady's "Ma-Ma" was a touch weak and underused in the villain department, but it's a small complaint.

DREDD tanked at the box office and I'm pissed because it shouldn't have. This was everything fans of the genre and character begged for. Of course, that said, why their asses weren't in the theater is still somewhat of a mystery. Now I say somewhat because LIONSGATE shouldn't have lobbed this flick out there as a summer movie. What they should have done was launch it as a January/February release instead (case in point, the abysmal TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D made over twenty million in its opening three days this month and got green-lit for another installment). Sigh. Of course in retrospect, THE LAST STAND only took in six million this week, so it's not entirely certain DREDD would have done any better. I personally think it would have, but I guess we'll never know.
THE EXTRAS
Mega-City Masters: 35 Years of Judge Dredd: This one offers up some background on Dredd from a comic book standpoint. It's cool to see and hear from the creators and some of artists-like Mark Millar-but unless you're a diehard fan, it's nothing you really need to know to enjoy the flick and will only make you wonder why they didn't do more with the story.

Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd: Mega City One is a badass looking city and this helps explain how they made it happen, but as with my previous statement, there was so much they could have explored (like the Cursed Earth), so you almost don't want to hear about it. It looks great though.

DREDD Featurette: A short montage of promotional footage for the film. Dredds Gear: Here we get the what's what on Dredd's awesome arsenal of gadgets. If Batman used guns, these are the kinds of weapons he'd be packin.

The 3rd Dimension: This aspect explains the idea behind the 3D side of things-which you probably won't be privy to at this point- and a cool in depth look at how they did the "Slo-Mo" special effects.

Welcome to Peach Trees: A short blurb on the design and presentation of building complex they were stuck in and ripped apart.

Dredd Motion Comic Prequel: This was definitely cool, especially if you want to know more about the film's villain, Ma-Ma.

Previews: There's a trailer for the feature, some other previews as well as a Digital and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I hope DREDD kills in the Blu-ray and DVD department because this flick deserves some street cred. I'm a big pusher of R rated action and it's something I desperately don't want to see go away, but numbers like these scare me. The fact that the new DIE HARD is rated R gives me hope, but if it tanks as well, it may be the beginning of the end for R rated action. Do your part peeps and "get your ass to the choppa, er, I mean theater."
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12:51AM on 01/21/2013
Loved Dredd, this should have been a hit worldwide!! The action, cg sfx and characters were top notch for its budget. Alas Lionsgate puts more $$$ into twat-a-lot (our nickname for twilight series) or battle royale with cheese (hunger games) The cult dvdbluray following will make this a smash hit.
Loved Dredd, this should have been a hit worldwide!! The action, cg sfx and characters were top notch for its budget. Alas Lionsgate puts more $$$ into twat-a-lot (our nickname for twilight series) or battle royale with cheese (hunger games) The cult dvdbluray following will make this a smash hit.
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12:57AM on 01/21/2013

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The problem with Dredd despite being a cool flick was the awareness . People had no idea what they were told to watch and making it worse the setting of the film is monotonous. This is going to be a video hit. Glad the main character doesn't remove the helmet.
The problem with Dredd despite being a cool flick was the awareness . People had no idea what they were told to watch and making it worse the setting of the film is monotonous. This is going to be a video hit. Glad the main character doesn't remove the helmet.
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1:23AM on 01/21/2013
Aussie genre fans were aware of the tone and what the movie was about, considering that Karl Urban was the headline guest at Armageddon Expo last year: [link]
Aussie genre fans were aware of the tone and what the movie was about, considering that Karl Urban was the headline guest at Armageddon Expo last year: [link]
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1:32AM on 01/21/2013
I really hope they can still somehow pull a sequel together if home video sales are great. While I enjoyed Dredd, it mainly made me want to see more - what the filmmakers could do with the setting and story, more of Karl Urban absolutely nailing it, more of the world of Mega-City One...so it is a shame that it failed to make an impact at the box office. It was a groundwork-laying sort of film, so I do want to see more.
I really hope they can still somehow pull a sequel together if home video sales are great. While I enjoyed Dredd, it mainly made me want to see more - what the filmmakers could do with the setting and story, more of Karl Urban absolutely nailing it, more of the world of Mega-City One...so it is a shame that it failed to make an impact at the box office. It was a groundwork-laying sort of film, so I do want to see more.
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4:01AM on 01/21/2013

the beginning of the end for R rated action?

It's already ended, that's why films like Dredd or Last Stand are such a breath of fresh air for us old school fans. Here's hoping we at least get a few good flicks every now and then. Back on subject, this movie was awesome and i was there in theatres opening week.
It's already ended, that's why films like Dredd or Last Stand are such a breath of fresh air for us old school fans. Here's hoping we at least get a few good flicks every now and then. Back on subject, this movie was awesome and i was there in theatres opening week.
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6:20AM on 01/21/2013

Marketing

#1 at the UK box office on opening weekend (it was the first 18-rated film to do that for several years), but we're culturally very aware of the character. #6 in the US. You guys were all watching "The House At The End Of The Street" instead. I have to believe it's that it wasn't marketed well. 'Cause if America genuinely prefers PG13 'horror' (if you ask me, a contradiction in terms) to proper, uncompromising, edgy, R-rated sci-fi.. then you all need a slap.
#1 at the UK box office on opening weekend (it was the first 18-rated film to do that for several years), but we're culturally very aware of the character. #6 in the US. You guys were all watching "The House At The End Of The Street" instead. I have to believe it's that it wasn't marketed well. 'Cause if America genuinely prefers PG13 'horror' (if you ask me, a contradiction in terms) to proper, uncompromising, edgy, R-rated sci-fi.. then you all need a slap.
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7:28AM on 01/21/2013
Finally saw it Saturday night. Loved it... I've spread the word like crazy...
Finally saw it Saturday night. Loved it... I've spread the word like crazy...
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8:40AM on 01/21/2013
Loved Dredd at the cinema - looking forward to watching it again. The only thing I really felt needed improvement was the scale of MegaCity One. If it'd been more built up to levels of insanity this would've been a pretty prefect version of Judge Dredd. As it stands, though, it's still a brilliant film, even if The Raid coming out just before it grabbed a bit of it's vibe. Dredd deserved a much better response, but hopefully it'll do well on blu-ray/dvd.
Loved Dredd at the cinema - looking forward to watching it again. The only thing I really felt needed improvement was the scale of MegaCity One. If it'd been more built up to levels of insanity this would've been a pretty prefect version of Judge Dredd. As it stands, though, it's still a brilliant film, even if The Raid coming out just before it grabbed a bit of it's vibe. Dredd deserved a much better response, but hopefully it'll do well on blu-ray/dvd.
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10:25AM on 01/21/2013

DREDD Amazing

It was so good reason it is a box office disaster it was fully released in 3D and PARTIALLY RELEASED in 2D and seeing how most people cant afford good 3d home entertainment, they refuse to see it in the movie theater which totally sucks. Dredd 3d on my home tv was amazing too bad most people, dislike 3d and think the movie theater is a good representation of 3D
It was so good reason it is a box office disaster it was fully released in 3D and PARTIALLY RELEASED in 2D and seeing how most people cant afford good 3d home entertainment, they refuse to see it in the movie theater which totally sucks. Dredd 3d on my home tv was amazing too bad most people, dislike 3d and think the movie theater is a good representation of 3D
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8:34PM on 01/21/2013
Just got done about 15 minutes ago showing this movie to a friend of mine that hadn't seen it. I saw it twice in the theater. I think it tanked because everyone here in the US still had the shitty Stallone version stuck in their heads and the marketing didn't do enough to disassociate itself from that movie. Now, comparing this movie (which was well written, acted, and directed) with an obviously bargain-basement bin movie like The Last Stand, is a travesty. I like Ahnuld as much as the
Just got done about 15 minutes ago showing this movie to a friend of mine that hadn't seen it. I saw it twice in the theater. I think it tanked because everyone here in the US still had the shitty Stallone version stuck in their heads and the marketing didn't do enough to disassociate itself from that movie. Now, comparing this movie (which was well written, acted, and directed) with an obviously bargain-basement bin movie like The Last Stand, is a travesty. I like Ahnuld as much as the next guy, but let's be honest, he hasn't done a good movie since True Lies.
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11:21PM on 01/21/2013
Um? based on your review and the quality of this movie...why did it get 3 and a half stars? Instead of 5?
Um? based on your review and the quality of this movie...why did it get 3 and a half stars? Instead of 5?
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12:19AM on 01/22/2013
Honestly, I will say people didn't see it because they didn't want to. I mean, sure there are plenty of people who were interested, but not nearly as many who weren't. I think, out of most of my friends, maybe two or three were genuinely interested in the movie. The others had absolutely no interest. Dredd is not a well known enough character, even with the Stallone crap-fest from the 90's. It's not surprise it did so well in the UK, considering the history there, but I think the US simply
Honestly, I will say people didn't see it because they didn't want to. I mean, sure there are plenty of people who were interested, but not nearly as many who weren't. I think, out of most of my friends, maybe two or three were genuinely interested in the movie. The others had absolutely no interest. Dredd is not a well known enough character, even with the Stallone crap-fest from the 90's. It's not surprise it did so well in the UK, considering the history there, but I think the US simply doesn't care enough. I did like the movie, however. It was a blast from start to finish. Would be awesome if they actually did make a sequel and expanded on the Dredd world.
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5:04AM on 02/06/2013
Just saw this; and, I thought it was a pretty good film...:)
Just saw this; and, I thought it was a pretty good film...:)
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1:51PM on 03/15/2013
Damn was this movie awesome! I'm bummed I was one of the ones who didn't see it in theaters because I thought it looked crappy...boy was I wrong! It's a pretty awesome action movie with some great performances and characters!
Damn was this movie awesome! I'm bummed I was one of the ones who didn't see it in theaters because I thought it looked crappy...boy was I wrong! It's a pretty awesome action movie with some great performances and characters!
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