The future. America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC lies Mega City One a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear. The only ones attempting to impose order in the urban chaos are The Judges. Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners...more
The future. America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC lies Mega City One a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear. The only ones attempting to impose order in the urban chaos are The Judges. Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners rolled into one. The epitome of these Judges is Dredd. The Chief Judge gives Dredd a mission. To road test a rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson. It is to be a training day. The Judgeshead for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block - a 200 story vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma clan. When the Judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Mas chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down theentire building and orders her clan to hunt the judges down. Our two judges are now caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival. less
“The spectacular visuals and decent action make up for the complete lack of a gripping story. One time watch.”
Most of us might know the character of Judge Dredd from the underwhelming 1995 Stallone action flick of the same name, the character has a strong following amongst fans of the comic book '2000 A.D.' that started running sometime in the 70s. Using it's fascist futuristic society as a biting satirical social commentary, Judge Dredd has always been a strange and hyper-violent comic, something this movie understands way better than the 1995 one did.
In the future, nuclear war has wiped out much of humanity and radiation has rendered much of the land inhabitable. Populations are concentrated in large cities and the story of Dredd takes place in Mega City 1. The law of the land is laid down by an all powerful force know as the Judges who are judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one. The most hardened of the judges is Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) whose day in the movie begins with him being assigned a rookie judge, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) with psychic powers beyond the likes anyone has seen before. Their first case involves a drug bust as Peach Trees, a 200 floor tower controlled by Mama (Lena Headey), a psychotic crime lord who controls the production and distribution of a new drug called Slow-Mo. The two judges arrest one of Mama's minions and are about to walk out when Mama puts the building under lockdown ordering a reward for whoever kills the judges. After some sneaking around, Dredd decides the best defence is offense and starts heading up floor by floor trying to get to Mama.
The biggest hurdle 'Dredd' will face is to please anyone who's watched this year's other 'Cops-Trapped-in-a-building-full-of-thugs' movie, 'The Raid: Redemption', a dazzling Indonesian action flick. Both movies have a similar premise but 'The Raid' wins out simply because of the amazingly choreographed fight sequences. If the action sequences in the Raid are like ballet, Dredd's action sequences are akin to a bull in a china shop. The movie is relentless and grim in it's pace and tone. The action hyper-violent and nonstop keeps coming at you with mind-numbing brutality.
The 3D again surprisingly is effective and the locations used seem authentic to the world of Dredd. The background score too works wonderfully.
The biggest setback for Dredd is the underwritten screenplay which lacks any meat to stretch out to its running length, thus rendering it as one long sequence of various action sequences one after the other. Lena Headey so effective in 'Game of Thrones' too suffers due to a poorly written character and offers little competition as the bad girl of the piece.
Karl Urban or rather his chin and voice completely own the role of Dredd and when he says â€œI am the Lawâ€ in true b-grade serious cheesiness, you'd believe him. Olivia Thirlby does a great job as the rookie, Anderson and is more or less the conscience of the film.
'Dredd' is true to the comics, knuckle-busting actioner that will effectively wipe out any memory of the 1995 disaster. It lacks a gripping story but more than makes up for that with a short running length and some decent action sequences. Fans of the comic book will particularly be delighted with this adaptation. I'd however watch it just for Karl Urban again, he IS Dredd!