Monday, August 25, 2014

Dredd (2012)

Number Rolled: 68
Movie Name/Year: Dredd (2012)
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: DNA Films, IM Global, Peach Trees, Reliance Big Pictures, Rena Film
Executive Producer: Stuart Ford, Michael Elson, Deepak Nayar, Adi Shankar
Director: Pete Travis
Writer: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland
Actors: Karl Urban, Jason Cope, Olivia Thirlby, Rakie Ayola, Lena Headey, Tamer Burjaq, Warrick Grier, Wood Harris, Deobia Oparei, Domhnall Gleeson, Joe Vaz, Scott Sparrow, Nicole Bailey, Junior Singo, Luke Tyler, Langley Kirkwood, Edwin Perry, Karl Thaning, Michele Levin,

Mega City One is the backdrop of a chaotic post-apocalyptic reality. Within that chaos, only Judges work to try and enforce some kind of order. When Judge Dredd is forced to see how Prospective-Judge Anderson does in the field, he takes her on a routine homicide call in the slums. Things go wrong very quickly and they meet the villainous Ma-Ma in battle.

I enjoy this movie. I can’t really speak to how well it holds to the comics, but I’ve heard many fans state how happy they were that Karl Urban (Star Trek, Bourne Supremacy, Riddick) never took off the helmet. Apparently, Judge Dredd is always wearing it in the comics. I’ll have to take their word for it.

Dredd was visually incredible. I didn’t really like the way they portrayed the effects of the drug from a first-person stand-point, but I understand why they did it. Keep in mind; it’s not for the faint of heart, though. That kind of attention to the visual aspects paired with the intense amount of gore could be a little more than some people can handle.

My issues with the story are minor and barely worth mentioning.

The acting was outstanding, though I find the character of Ma-Ma significantly annoying and difficult to watch. It has nothing to do with Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, The Purge, 300), it’s the character itself. It makes me want to literally throw tomatoes at the screen.

It’s a good movie, in the long run. Great action and very entertaining.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 72%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.3/5
Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

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