Excerpt: In Mega-City One, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the law and when he's put in charge of testing out a psychic rookie judge named Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), the two of them investigate a homicide at the 200-story crime-ridden Peach Trees block run by the criminal Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), little realizing they would be getting in over their head when she puts a bounty on the two judges who dare to intrude on her turf.
Excerpt: Well, well, well…what have we here? Is it a movie based on a *gasp* comic book? Why yes, yes it is! I’m only kidding, of course, but long time readers of the site will know my stance on movies and the apparent lack of screenwriters in Hollywood. It seems they get their ideas from comics, television shows or in re-making previous films. And with Dredd , it looks this actually falls into two of those categories.
Excerpt: While Judge Dredd spouts off action movie one-liners, carries an astoundingly brutal weapon, and walks into danger unshaken, he is fallible. Most comic book heroes are brought to the screen as intellectual properties. No one likes a hero that runs away from danger, and they don’t buy associated merchandise. Dredd is different. While his forcible march into a drug-riddled apartment complex is for the good of the citizens, his ways put innocent lives in danger.
Excerpt: Comic book adaptations were in their infancy in the 1990s. Inspired by (but not really knowing what to make of the success of) Tim Burton’s Batman , a bunch of comic-book properties were purchased to be made into movies. Most of them ended up in the land of direct to video, like Captain America or Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher movie. Those that didn’t usually didn’t fare much better, as was the case with Judge Dredd .
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that Judge Dredd has been a pop culture stable for over thirty five years and the movie industry is just now getting it right, but better late than never and fans of Mega City One’s toughest judge, jury and executioner can be thankful for the efforts of director Pete Travis and company. 2012’s Dredd 3D kicks all kinds of ass.
Conclusion: 'Dredd' is the best action film of 2012, as well as one of the most faithful comic book adaptations of all time. Karl Urban becomes Dredd, and Lena Headey is downright despicable as the notorious Ma-Ma. The movie is relentless and driving, nothing but pure action from start to finish. The 3D transfer on this Blu-ray disc is absolutely stunning, with incredible clarity and immense depth with almost no ghosting.
Excerpt: In an age where police brutality has become an internet meme, Dredd seems like an anachronism. This sci-fi film has little to say about the current state of our justice system, instead providing 95 minutes of cold, hard escapism. The law is absolute, and the corrupting forces barely stand a chance. Dredd 3D is set in a dystopian future where the population of America is packed into a walled-off cityscape.
Excerpt: Setting an action film within a contained space is an excellent way to keep it tight and thrilling, but it's also a risk, since the formula has been done well so many times-- Die Hard set the standard, and films as recent as this year's The Raid have improved upon it. And it's doubly risky in a film like Dredd , which establishes the parameters of a harsh dystopian future in quick voiceover, but then limits the film almost entirely within an apartment mega-plex, which...