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Dredd (2012)



Critic Consensus: Fueled by bombastic violence and impressive special effects, rooted in self-satire and deadpan humor, Dredd 3D does a remarkable job of capturing its source material's gritty spirit.

Movie Info

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. -- (C) Lionsgatemore
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2013
Box Office: $13.4M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Karl Urban
as Judge Dredd
Olivia Thirlby
as Cassandra Anderson
Jason Cope
as Zwirner
Domhnall Gleeson
as Clan Techie
Evan Rachel Wood
as Control Operator 1
Adele Mngadi
as Passenger
Emma Breschi
as Hostage
Rakie Ayola
as Chief Judge
Tamer Burjaq
as Ma-Ma Bodyguard
Shoki Mokgapa
as Woman with Child
Yohan Chun
as Girl in Window
Eden Knowles
as Girl in Window
Desmond Lai Lan
as Homeless Man
Deobia Oparei
as Paramedic TJ
Patrick Lyster
as Control Operator
Travis Snyders
as Slo-Mo Junkie
Chad Phillips
as Slo-Mo Junkie
Joe Vaz
as Big Joe
Marty Kintu
as Big Joe Gang Member
Daniel Hadebe
as Judge at Entrance
Francis Chouler
as Judge at Entrance
Edwin Perry
as Judge Alvarez
Karl Thaning
as Judge Chan
Michele Levin
as Judge Kaplan
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News & Interviews for Dredd

Critic Reviews for Dredd

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (28)

It's a good deal wittier than expected from a movie that consists mostly of people getting shot in the face.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

There's something to be said for DREDD's not taking itself too seriously, and if you do the same, you'll have a ball watching it.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013

A tremendously entertaining film that consistently pushes the limits of 3D creativity in a way to seem like the images are leaping straight from the comic book panels.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Dredd is like a gun - not everyone likes them and they're only good for one thing, but they do that one thing really, really well.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
The Standard

Visually stunning with video game violence, this is Hollywood's answer to The Raid.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Concrete Playground

If Hollywood is going to be indicted for making mindlessly violent action films, let them at least be as good as this one.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013

Audience Reviews for Dredd


Take two for this adaptation of the classic British dystopian sci-fi comic book character. Not that I disliked the first Stallone attempt, I think that has been given a harsh time personally. Sure it wasn't adult enough and had Rob Schneider in it but they captured the look and feel I thought.

I liked the plot idea for this film, the two Judges trapped within this enormous tower block and having to take down all the perps. Not exactly original but a good recipe for action, a slight nudge towards 'Die Hard' perhaps, mixed with 'The Raid'. Its also neat that 'Mega City One' has loads of these massive towers, so theoretically each tower may have the same criminal problem as this one. This gives you an idea of how big/vast the cities criminal problems are and the genesis for lots of stories within this universe, it gives a nice depth to this universe too.

First thoughts for this new film and I was slightly disappointed to be honest. As the movie opens up and we get narration about the worlds current climate I felt myself thinking this world doesn't actually look very futuristic. Now I didn't expect robots, laser guns and other typical sci-fi cheese but I guess I did expect a kind of...without trying to sound too cliched, 'Blade Runner' type world/environment. 'Mega City One' didn't really look very eye blisteringly cool, just looked like a massive urban sprawl, realistic yes, exciting no, perhaps a bit too realistic?.

I liked that they tried to keep things more grounded and in a possible near future which isn't too far fetched (I'm guessing), but it didn't really feel overly futuristic. This also goes for all the druggies and bad guys holed up in the massive tower block that Dredd takes on. Most of them dressed and looked like your average hoodie youths I see on the street today, bright coloured t-shirts, polo shirts, tracksuits, gold chains etc...Again I realize its a real take and we don't want them dressed in luminous spandex, but I just expected a bit more I suppose.

As for Dredd and his partner its all good, I loved the way they brought Dredd's suit down to earth, made it look functional and yet kept it recogniseable for the fans. Urban was also top notch as Dredd with his gravely voice (not as stupid as Bale's 'Batman', about on par with Eastwood) and trademark sneer, my only criticism would be he didn't look very big. I was impressed with Thirlby as Anderson and the way her psychic abilities were handled, could so easily of been corny. Thirlby did a really good job as the wet behind the ears rookie, she conveyed that nicely whilst also being really cute at the same time. As her confidence grows surrounded by violence so does her appeal to you the viewer.

The main head villain is played by a woman here which is a nice turn but ultimately ends being rather mundane. Lena Headey plays the role well and she does comes across as a real bitch that you just wanna see get blown away, but she never really does much apart from one scene. Her comeuppance is also pretty weak and slightly anti climatic.

The film is as violent as I expected, it goes from being a bit too ridiculous with skinning people (bit odd and sick that), to gut splitting, face piercing, head shattering shoot outs. Gotta love that gun Dredd uses eh, its right up there with 'Robocop's' hand cannon. I also liked that the film looms towards a Verhoeven style for gunning people down but I gotta say I didn't like all the slow motion. Yes I know that's the whole point with this drug but I just hate that kind of crap, I just wanna see the action, the slow motion just stops it dead, very frustrating.

Most definitely a success with this reboot mainly because it was done for the adult audience, I wonder if Hollywood has clicked on that yet?. Its no 'Die Hard' beater and its not the best action film I've seen recently but its a solid gritty film. Would like to see more futuristic shine in any sequel though, just a touch.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Whereas the previous Stallone effort chose to sneer at the title character's adventure, here it is fondly embraced, and what a difference perspective makes indeed. Action and wanton mayhem for aficionados, thank you. The use of slo-mo only sweetens the pot. Woe that Lena Headey was not given more to do. She was eating the screen.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Unlike Stallone's comic book adaptation this one stays somewhat close to the source material in tone and attitude. Urban works great as the judge who never takes off his helmet and doesn't speak more than he has to. The violence is really graphic but at least pretty inventive. The limited place for the plot of a single skyscraper may have worked for Die Hard, here it feels as if we're seeing the same corridors over and over again. That makes the film somewhat repetitive, but overall you gotta applaud the creators for taking such a grim and "devil may care" route. Maybe a sequel could open up the hidden potential.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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