|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Deobia Oparei, Rakie Ayola, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Langley Kirkwood, Domhnall Gleeson|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Collections:||Drama/Sci-Fi, January - Action, Our Favourites, The Biggest and Best|
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Jan 2013|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Our Cinema Release of the Week: Dredd retains the graphic ultra-violence of the comics and its flip side, the callous ironic humour too.
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Judgement DayBy Andoverian (49 reviews) from Andover , 08 Sep 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]So there's been a lot of fuss about Dredd for some time - he's not overly familiar outside of the UK, despite the attempted woeful blockbuster treatment by Danny Cannon with Stallone as the title character in 1995.
The question whether non-fans would take to a new movie has been mooted all over the internet, whilst Dredd aficionados have been hoping and praying that this version would do the character some much-needed justice, if you'll pardon the pun.
It has been reported that during the casting process, Karl Urban was told that he wouldn't be taking his helmet off at all during this film. His reply of 'I wouldn't be here if I did' or words to that effect, instantly drove the fanboys into pant-wetting delirium as it seemed that finally, the creative team had found an actor that was actually a fan himself, with no Stallone-sized ego to get in the way.
So did it work?
In short, yes. Gone are the Jean-Paul Gaultier designed shiny uniforms, gone are the flying Lawmasters (Judges' chosen method of transport) and gone is Rob Schneider's awful Fergie.
We're off to a good start.
Instead, we have a gritty, urban, dirty world with violence and grim realities, with foul language to match. If you're expecting the cartoony vision of Mega City 1 (one of the 95 version's only plus points actually) and the kid-friendly made-up cuss words of 'drokk' or 'stomm', you'll be disappointed.
In their stead, is a world where '800,000,000 million people living in the ruin of the old world', as narrated by Urban himself at the start, live in near-slums. Yes, there are massive city-blocks as you'd expect, but they're not like the bulbous, miss-shaped futuristic look of the comics or the original film - this time they're straight up high rises, and they're not clean. Neither is the language
And it works. With so many citizens living on top of each other, of course there's going to be poverty, of course it's going to be gritty, of course it's going to be hard-living, so it makes sense - it feels realistic. It feels plausible.
So don't expect a big tour of the city ala the Stallone version. Apart from a couple of wide angle pans of Mega City One, all we really see is part of the Hall of Justice and then the rest of the film is set in mega-block Peach Trees - itself allegedly named after the cafe where the movie's creative team fleshed out their vision for the story.
Don't expect any fan-favourite characters here - no Dark Judges, no Angel Gang, no Judge Child, no Rico, no Otto Sump, no Chopper (although the keen eyed may glimpse various references to one or two old school favourites along the way). Here we have a former prostitute-turned drug dealer called Ma-Ma dispensing her own form of justice and defending her territory from the two judges who have entered her domain.
The two judges in question? Dredd and Psi-judge rookie Cassandra Anderson, in her own hellacious and ultra-violent version of Training Day.
The creative team and the cast have done brilliantly well. Urban's Eastwood-esque voice and chin portray Dredd perfectly without any cheese in sight, and Olivia Thirlby plays the rookie judge, with her rabbit-in-headlights fear eventually turning to do-or-die fearlessness.
Lena Headey is great as head-perp Ma-Ma Madrigal and The Wire's Wood Harris aka Avon Barksdale is superbly type-cast as fellow drug pusher and Ma-Ma clan member Kay.
Whether the film is a success, paving the way for sequels and therefore greater exploration of Mega City One and the wider Dredd universe, only time will tell. This basic, stripped down film should serve as a starter for ten, appealing to non-fans and fans alike, and could be the surprise hit of the year.
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Didn't live up to my expections.By a customer , 20 Nov 2013I loved the original film with Sly Stallone - I was a teenager when I first saw it - thought I would have a look what this updated film is like, but I was very disappointed with it...it wasn't that good like the original film - that film was more futuristic, than this one. Was expecting to hear more 'I am the LAW!' quotes but only once in this film.
Nothing specialBy James1984 (12 reviews) from Cornwall , 13 Nov 2013Some said it was good, some said bad I am personally indifferent it was OK fairly good action scenes some were a little over produced but that matches the genre of the film.
Decent adaptation and fun action filmBy TechnoHippy (105 reviews) , 08 Nov 2013I enjoyed watching this film again, I was a big fan of the comics as a youngster and this a decent adaptation. As well as that it is a decent action film. It's set in the future where most of America is an irradiated wasteland, Mega City One is a vast city housing most of the remaining population. The city is rife with crime, things are so bad that the judges are empowered as judge, jury and executioners as needed. A new drug called slow-mo (which also provides a nice reason for some of the special effects) has hit the streets and as part of this three pushers are murdered. Judge Dredd and a rookie called Anderson investigate the murders and find themselves trapped inside the block. They then have to battle their way out. The set up is very similar to The Raid (another excellent action film) and while the story isn't particularly unique it is sufficient to keep things interesting through the film. For me the real problem was the setting, it didn't really fill the fantasy created in the comics. It has glimpses of it, but for the most part is little different from a modern environment. This in part reflects the low budget for the film. However it's strengths far outweigh that minor complaint. The main plus for me was Dredd himself, Karl Urban does portray the character I imagined while reading the comics. The other characters are also well played, Anderson contrasts well with Dredd as the rookie judge being assessed. This is a fun film, worth watching even if you don't know the comics and a fair adaptation if you have.
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I am the LawBy Dexter_Llew (5 reviews) , 28 Oct 2013I wasn't sure what to expect with this, I can safely say this film was great fun, good action with inventive bad-guy deaths. This is probably the best new action film I have seen for a while. It's never going to win a Oscar or have some profound change on modern cinema but who cares? It's pure high octane entertain and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you can accept it as a comic book realisation you find something to enjoy in it.
Cool dude in the futureBy a customer , 21 Oct 2013Thoroughly enjoyed this. A cool futuristic policeman with a helmeted face helping a rookie in a building full of very nasty baddies. The comic books were a bit OTT - this is just right.