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Comic-Con 2012 Review: Dredd

Jul. 12, 2012by: JimmyO

PLOT: Wednesday night at Comic Con 2012, Lionsgate kicked things off with the brutal new action flick with Karl Urban as the title role of DREDD. Is the latest attempt to bring 2000Ad’s super cop to the big screen a success? Read on…

REVIEW: Karl Urban is DREDD and he kicks some serious ass. In this re-imagining of the iconic character “Judge Dredd” the actor is an absolute perfect fit. Only once do we see him without the mask, yet it is only his shadow that is visible. After that the helmet stays on as he makes some trouble for those who dare try and go after him. The best news is that fans of the comic, as well as fans of extreme R-rated action flicks have something to get excited about. The mayhem on-screen will please even the most hardcore fans of gruesome and bloody action. Director Pete Travis gives this post-apocalyptic superhero movie an edge that is rarely seen in your local multiplex.

In the near and grim future, police officers have been replaced by men who can simply enact justice on the guilty. The movie introduces us to DREDD (Urban), a committed judge, jury and executioner. He is assigned to work with a young trainee named Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a "mutant" with unparalleled psychic abilities. Those in charge hope her powers can help in their fight against crime. While they are on a routine investigation, they discover a dangerous criminal who calls herself Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). This bitch of a crime boss – a nearly unrecognizable Headey - is creating a deadly drug called “SLO-MO” which slows down the user’s perception of time. The basic plot has the two Judge’s trying to escape with a witness to Ma-Ma’s crimes before she can have them killed. Much like THE RAID, the two must fend off a number of bad guys in order to survive in a building under lock-down. Yet the similarities end there.

Much of what you see in DREDD may be familiar as post-apocalypse is rarely viewed as a happy time, yet director Pete Travis adds his own visual flair that makes this stand out. The 3D is put to good use especially within the context of the SLO-MO drug. It is most creative when it shows the effect on those taking it. In one scene, Judge Dredd shoots up a room full of people who have been using and the bullets rip through them at a disturbingly slow pace. This is groovy and gory stuff, and when you add the 3D element to that you have some pretty f*cked up scenes. This is an impressively good-looking feature that only occasionally suffers from not so perfect CGI effects.

While DREDD is extremely – and creatively – violent, it has moments of fun that cannot be ignored. There is humor here that keeps you smiling as heads are being smashed or blown up. It also helps that both Urban and Thirlby share an impressive chemistry together. And then of course there is Lena Headey. As Ma-Ma, Headey creates such a vicious and despicable monster yet she rarely raises her voice. Her cut up face reveals an all too human beast that is willing to destroy anybody that she feels is a threat. Sure it is not surprising that Ms. Headey is a terrific actress, but she is so damn good here that you nearly forget that it was her and not some psychotic drug dealer looking to break DREDD into bits.

As good as DREDD may be, somewhere in the middle of the film it tends to lag a bit. You’d think with all these guys going after them – thanks to Ma-Ma threatening everyone in the building – that they’d have a little tougher time than they do. Yet this is a minor complaint. From the smart casting to the hypnotic score by Paul Leonard-Morgan, to the copious amounts of crushed heads, this is a superhero flick that has balls and then some. DREDD is a perfect answer to the more mainstream and safe action films that are usually playing at a theatre near you.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:29PM on 07/12/2012
I have been reading the collected case files of Judge Dredd (great read guys if you havent checked it out) and the comics have always had a good (somewhat dark) sense of humor coupled with over the top violence. So I am very pleased to hear we get both! Urban is great (always liked him - he stole the show in Star Trek). Also, I may be in the minority, but as a kid I loved the Stallone just as a good popcorn action flick with great effects - the abc robot, the cgi and the city etc, so I am happy
I have been reading the collected case files of Judge Dredd (great read guys if you havent checked it out) and the comics have always had a good (somewhat dark) sense of humor coupled with over the top violence. So I am very pleased to hear we get both! Urban is great (always liked him - he stole the show in Star Trek). Also, I may be in the minority, but as a kid I loved the Stallone just as a good popcorn action flick with great effects - the abc robot, the cgi and the city etc, so I am happy we have 2 cool Dredd movies and hope for more!
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6:36PM on 07/12/2012

Great

I'll see it.
I'll see it.
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5:29PM on 07/12/2012
Wow! this article just convinced me to go see it! I am quite excited, and if those "slo-mo" scenes are that awesome, i may smoke a joint before hand.
Wow! this article just convinced me to go see it! I am quite excited, and if those "slo-mo" scenes are that awesome, i may smoke a joint before hand.
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4:48PM on 07/12/2012
Glad this is good. I'll definitely be checking this out in theaters. And Urban and Heady are great.
Glad this is good. I'll definitely be checking this out in theaters. And Urban and Heady are great.
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3:20PM on 07/12/2012
This movie kicked my ass and I begged for another! Loved it!
This movie kicked my ass and I begged for another! Loved it!
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2:46PM on 07/12/2012

Mega cIty 2

Sounds good. JD2 should feature East-Meg 1, Brit-Cit or Murphyville.
Sounds good. JD2 should feature East-Meg 1, Brit-Cit or Murphyville.
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2:07PM on 07/12/2012

Hell yes!

I've been pumped about this but now I am even more stoked! It's going to be brutal!
I've been pumped about this but now I am even more stoked! It's going to be brutal!
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1:49PM on 07/12/2012
Wow, sounds awesome. Can't wait to see it...not to mention the possibility of gazing at Judge Death himself on the big screen...drokk.
Wow, sounds awesome. Can't wait to see it...not to mention the possibility of gazing at Judge Death himself on the big screen...drokk.
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1:27PM on 07/12/2012

yes

glad to read that the film is good . . . let's hope that it will be a sleeper hit.
glad to read that the film is good . . . let's hope that it will be a sleeper hit.
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1:21PM on 07/12/2012

I'm looking forward to this....

I liked the last trailer a lot. Always thought Urban had potential to cross over beyond shit like DOOM. Will have to give this a look. Anybody watch the '95 DREDD lately. Shitty movie- BUT- the Britpop soundtrack was kinda brilliant.
I liked the last trailer a lot. Always thought Urban had potential to cross over beyond shit like DOOM. Will have to give this a look. Anybody watch the '95 DREDD lately. Shitty movie- BUT- the Britpop soundtrack was kinda brilliant.
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1:11PM on 07/12/2012
I've been waiting for this film since...well, Stallone's movie came out! Sooooo happy to see that they finally made the film that DREDD deserved to be. Can't wait to see it myself and hopefully it does well enough to allow for a trilogy. Kudos to Urban!
I've been waiting for this film since...well, Stallone's movie came out! Sooooo happy to see that they finally made the film that DREDD deserved to be. Can't wait to see it myself and hopefully it does well enough to allow for a trilogy. Kudos to Urban!
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1:05PM on 07/12/2012
io9 loved the fuck out of this too. I'm glad both websites I religiously follow, thoroughly enjoyed this.
io9 loved the fuck out of this too. I'm glad both websites I religiously follow, thoroughly enjoyed this.
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12:51PM on 07/12/2012
I said it year ago that this would be a sleeper hit. So far, I am almost convinced this will make all its money back.
I said it year ago that this would be a sleeper hit. So far, I am almost convinced this will make all its money back.
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11:51AM on 07/12/2012
Hell yes. I knew this was gonna rock hard. Extremely and creatively violent, fun, good chemistry, Urban perfect as Dredd... I'm sold. Only thing I wonder is... if Dredd is the law, then why does he need to escape with a witness? Shouldn't his sole word be enough to unleash the sentence on the bad guys?
Hell yes. I knew this was gonna rock hard. Extremely and creatively violent, fun, good chemistry, Urban perfect as Dredd... I'm sold. Only thing I wonder is... if Dredd is the law, then why does he need to escape with a witness? Shouldn't his sole word be enough to unleash the sentence on the bad guys?
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11:43AM on 07/12/2012
Good news.
Good news.
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11:41AM on 07/12/2012
Glad to hear such a positive review of this film, JimmyO! It really could have gone either way, this could have been a great reinvention of the character far superior to Stallone's, or a confused mess all it's own. Glad it's more of the former.
Glad to hear such a positive review of this film, JimmyO! It really could have gone either way, this could have been a great reinvention of the character far superior to Stallone's, or a confused mess all it's own. Glad it's more of the former.
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