[Film Review] Dredd (BR/DVD)

Judge Dredd (2012)Although not necessarily a ‘new’ release, as it came out January 8th of this year, I figure I’d take a look at one of the more recent films to be released that I legitimately enjoyed.

I have been a fan of the Dredd character since I was a kid. The art. The Comic. There’s even a part of me that loves the Stallone film adaptation from the 1990s.

This adaptation, however, released by Lionsgate is superb. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s Dredd. It has a one-liner or two and some of the same sadistic humor that the comic had (and still has), but none of the over-the-top additions its predecessor had.

We follow Dredd along with a new Judge with psy powers as she gets her review on the street. They are summoned to the scene of three bodies having been dropped from a rather high altitude in one of the tower living dwellings. Things take a toll for the worst, and it ends up the tower goes on lockdown and all hell breaks loose. Mayhem ensues.

As far as story goes, it’s straight forward. There no real surprises here, and once the film gets going it’s almost none-stop action. Although I enjoy the cast (Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey to name a few) the talent that went into this wasn’t a must. The dialogue is direct, and with only a handful of exceptions, most of the actors involved either die horribly soon after they come onto the screen or they   wear a helmet.

Some of the filming technique in this is amazing. The ‘Slo-Mo’ scenes are amazing. The light and how it plays off the set and camera is amazing. After watching some of the special features included in the BR/DVD combo pack, they even went so far as designing a new camera system that allowed them to do what they wanted.

Overall, it’s worth the time to see this film. It doesn’t go much of any where as far as location. It’s a solid action flick. And, unfortunately, it got pretty much forgotten at the box office. Hopefully, just as in the Stallone rendition, it gets its time to shine and will be found years on down the line…even if it’s in the ‘El Cheapo’ bin.

Rating: 6/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Character Development (0.5/2), Climax (1.5/2), Direction (2/2), Plot (1/2), Story (1/2).


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