Posted on 9/07/12 02:19 PM
Us comic book fans haven't been lucky with anticipated movies over the years. We've already had various poor adaptions of various graphic novels and the character of Dredd is no exception to the rule.
After a previously poor stint in 1995 which took several liabilities with the character, Judge Joe Dredd is back and this time he's seeking justice.
Megacity one, home to those who have survived a nuclear holocaust, home of crime, deprivation and home of the Judges, who are Judge, Jury and Executioner and able to serve out sentences at will.
It also introduces the new idea of a drug called Slo-Mo which slows down time and with the 3D it produces a beautiful and a yet strangely hypnotic effect when heads are being blown open, bullets ripping through skin and a first person effect when falling.
The good news for us comic fans is, YES it is perfectly faithful to the comic. The helmet stay's on, Urban has got Dredd's facial expression (yes, just the one) just right, the voice is perfect and there's plenty of references to 2000 AD (Drokk is seen on a shirt and a couple of others)
The bad news however is, the first five or ten minutes loose immersion from the dark, gritty and devastated world of Dredd's because of the lack of technology (of the comic's megacity one) no hover-boards, flying cars or robots. Or even weird looking citizens, but because of the limited budget. They've had to compromise on something.
Good News Everybody! Dredd has not compromised on getting a 12A rating to expand the audience, this film is made by fans, for fans, adults, for adults. The violence is brutal, gripping and sometimes humorous.
Check this out, it is not Judge Dredd 95. It takes all expectations and blows them away, exceedingly well.