1. Karl Urban as Dredd, wow he was awesome. He has a very cheesy exaggerated expression and all the better for it, his character just oozes cool and he has some funny moments as well as badass moments! Olivia Thirlby was really good, I honestly felt for her character and she was a great sidekick. Lena Headey as Ma-Ma was just disgusting and her performance was so convincing, you just love to hate her and she did a great job portraying that character.
2. Visuals, style and action; I loved the visuals, this movie is shot well and looks good. The slow-mo scenes are surprisingly gourgeous and this movie is just shot so well. This film is pretty self-aware, it has some cheesy acting but it works for this film honestly and I like the post-apocolypse setting that is realistically portrayed, well for the most part. The action is great, its filmed so well, no shaky cam and quickcut crap. Its all steady and easy to follow.
1. My only negatives is that this film doesn't really have enough substance, the story is very simple and the acting is very serviceable. I'm not saying having a simple story and acting is a bad thing but this film doesn't really offer much in terms of substance. I also thought some scenes were a little over the top and some of the special effects especially the minigun shootout were bad.
I liked Dredd, it's a really well made action movie. Its kinda like Robocop in a way and it does borrow some elements from other sci-fi films but it uses those elements to convey its own original premise and it in the end it worked great!
'Vantage Point' (2008) director Pete Travis pays homage to probably the most well known character from Eagle Comics, and after a nearly 20 year hiatus from the big screen.
Dredd is a fantastic action film from beginning to end, and doesn't leave much room to rest between sequences. Right from the start he begins by narrating in that deep, and resonant voice (much respect given to Karl Urban for maintaining it throughout), a man of no pity, a man who has witnessed and deals in death his whole life. A man who has a terrible burden of trying to maintain law and order in Megacity One. After a lifetime of battling the worst that humanity has to offer, he finds himself teamed up with a complete rookie, who is at the bottom of her class, and a near washout in the Judge program. She has a hidden talent that may come in useful, but this is her chance to graduate. Eager, intelligent, and naive, she teams up with Dredd for her final examination, the investigation into 3 gangland deaths that will ultimately lead them into a deathtrap.
You don't watch something like this to analyze plot devices, and character development. This one is strictly for the fans. Technology has come a long way since the Stallone version from 95', and they certainly used some beautiful (and grotesque) 3D imaging throughout the film, but it stands well in a regular format as well. This is leaps and bounds beyond the first film, and it keeps you seated for the whole ride.
Notably, there is some criticism of this film, in relationship to an Indonesian action called "The Raid: Redemption; which is a spectacular movie in itself. The argument is did Pete Travis steal the main setting and plot device (arresting a major drug gang while moving floor by floor through and apartment building, only to be attacked by the residents inside). Curiously they are very similar, but you have to admit, even if 'Dredd' is a copy... it's a fantastic one at that.
It may not be a perfect film, but it's must for fans of the Judge.
It's like a video game where the hero character will have to fight through the levels to meet the big boss.
Karl Urban's chin is not quite strong enough to hold that Dredd character at the physical level. One of the other judges look more like Dredd from the comic books. What Urban got right was the character's attitude, and dialed up at 999% ham.
I'm glad they picked Karl Urban for this role