In 1995 Danny Cannon directed the highly panned and disappointing movie adaption of Judge Dredd. The film starred Sylvester Stallone and brought about a wave of outcry from comic book fans as the film did no justices to the source material. Fortunately 17 years later, that wrong has been corrected with Pete Travis’s adaptation, Dredd.
The film follows Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) a police officer who has the power of judge, jury and executioner in a post-apocalyptic city simply named Mega-City One. He is assigned to evaluate a rookie judge named Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) who happens to be a psychic. Things turn out bad as they are soon locked inside of a 200-storey high rise and wanted for dead by the vicious Ma-Ma clan lead by Ma-Ma (Lena Heady).
Director Pete Travis does justice to the Judge Dredd world as he manages to create a realistic world full of crime and madness. Travis does a great job capturing the feel and scoop of Mega-City One and the look of the Judges. Urban commands the role of Dredd and feels a lot more comfortable playing him than Stallone did. The rest of the cast did an awesome job bring about this world as well. Thirlby portrays Anderson as the young naive rookie who soon learns what it really takes to be a judge. Heady is menacing as Ma-Ma and I only wish she had more screen time.
There is not a lot of negative about the film other than I thought it might have dragged a bit toward the end but that might have been due to the fact that I watched it so late at night. The film could have used a bit of an epilogue as the ending felt kind of flat but again that might of just been me.
Dredd is the polar opposite of the Stallone movie, it’s a fun, high octane, thriller ride that will have you grasping for air. Travis has made a great film that should have been watched by a whole lot more people. Overall I recommend this if you are a fan of the comic or just a fan of action movies, 4 out of 5.
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