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.
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) Lionsgate … More
|Rating:||R (for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Pete Travis|
|Written By:||Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland|
|In Theaters:||Sep 21, 2012 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 8, 2013|
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as Cassandra Anderson
as Judge Lex
as Clan Techie
as Control Operator 1
as Chief Judge
as Ma-Ma Bodyguard
as Woman with Child
as Girl in Window
as Girl in Window
as Homeless Man
as Paramedic TJ
as Control Operator
as Slo-Mo Junkie
as Slo-Mo Junkie
as Big Joe
as Big Joe Gang Member
as Judge at Entrance
as Judge at Entrance
as Judge Alvarez
as Judge Chan
as Judge Kaplan
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Critic Reviews for Dredd
It's a good deal wittier than expected from a movie that consists mostly of people getting shot in the face.
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.
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.
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.
Visually stunning with video game violence, this is Hollywood's answer to The Raid.
Audience Reviews for Dredd
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.
Taking more from the original comic than the 1995 adaptation, "Dredd" is simple, bloody, gory, gross, action packed, and thrilling. This new Dredd (Urban) is played as a straw man Clint Eastwood, who is vetting a young psychic (Thirlby) for active duty. Their interplay makes for an interesting team, and adds tension to an already thrilling plot. Lena Headey was an sound choice of villain, and she remains threatening throughout, especially when she calls for violence against her own people. Most of the film is set within the confines of a single housing project in a poverty stricken area of a futuristic world. Designer drugs come into play, there's economic and social disparity, and much of the film shows how big this world is without being explicit in details. It's paced rather well, and there's a lot of potential for a sequel. This truly delivers where other action films are happy to stand on the sidelines.
Keeping the dark, edginess of the original 2000 AD comic this is also a visually impressive piece of sci-fi, with some great use of 3D. The only thing that lets it down is the story is very short with limited scope, it really needs a more epic sequel.
|Ma-Ma:||Peach-trees, this is Ma-Ma. Somewhere in this block are two Judges, I want them dead. Until I get what I want the block stays locked down.|
|Judge Dredd:||Choke on that.|
|Judge Dredd:||Inhabitants of Peach Trees, this is Judge Dredd.|
|Ma-Ma:||Let him talk.|
|Judge Dredd:||In case you people have forgotten, this block operates under the same rules as the rest of the city. Ma-Ma is not the law... I am the law.|
|Judge Dredd:||Ma-Ma is a common criminal; guilty of murder, guilty of the manufacture and distribution of the narcotic known as Slo-Mo, and as of now under sentence of death. Any who obstruct me in carrying out my duty will be treated as an accessory to her crimes... you have been warned.|
|Judge Dredd:||And as for you Ma-Ma... judgement time.|
|Judge Dredd:||America is an irradiated wasteland. Within it lies a city. Outside the boundary walls, a desert. A cursed earth. Inside the walls, a cursed city, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C. An unbroken concrete landscape. 800 million people living in the ruin of the old world and the mega structures of the new one. Mega blocks. Mega highways. Mega City One. Convulsing. Choking. Breaking under its own weight. Citizens in fear of the street. The gun. The gang. Only one thing fighting for order in the chaos: the men and women of the Hall of Justice. Juries. Executioners. Judges.|
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