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The Kidd Vs. DREDD 3D

 

The first attempt at a Judge Dredd adaptation, starring Sylvester Stallone mugging for the camera every chance he got, complete with catchphrases and Rob Schneider in tow, was an absolute disaster, which sentenced the popular UK comic book character to 17 years in the Iso-cubes for its crimes against cinema. However, after a peaceful slumber to get things right upon being released back into the world, the famed judge, jury and executioner is back in a fierce way with DREDD 3D, which now puts Karl Urban behind the iconic helmet… and keeps him there – a rarity for comic/superhero flicks, which always feel the need to showcase the talent playing the titular character ahead of the property itself.

Unlike the joke disguised as an action blockbuster that the 1995 was, DREDD 3D is pretty front and center about what type of movie it is. This is a hard R take on an already ultra-violent comic series that makes no attempt to hide its abundance of graphic violence, pools of bloodshed and sheer brutality. DREDD 3D pulls out all the gory stops, whether it’s shooting up faces in close-up, crushing Adam’s apples with its bare hands, skinning people, exploding human heads or piling up the innocent body count in order to turn Mega-City One into the war zone wasteland it’s become in the future. And in place of catchphrases and convoluted plot lines, we get a solid partnership between Urban and Olivia Thirlby as Cassandra Anderson, Judge-in-training and powerful psychic that can be a major asset to the judges in their fight for the city if she can pass Dredd’s muster. Between the violence and the good cop/bad cop pairing of Urban and Thirlby, it’s more than enough to carry water for the rebirth of Dredd in pretty exciting fashion.

Slo-Mo is at the root of problems in DREDD 3D, as the drug slows down the user’s brain to perceive time at 1% of its normal has become prevalent across Mega-City One. With drug lord Ma-Ma (a vicious Lena Headey) controlling the manufacturing and distribution of the narcotic, she’s set up for a chance showdown with Dredd and Cassandra after they’re called to the Peach Tree slums to investigate three murders at the hands of her crew. That puts her operation at risk in an area the Judges have left relatively untouched, and both sides are placed on a collision course for each other. In order to protect her interests, Ma-Ma is able to lock down the entire building, and set off an onslaught against the Judges in a coincidental similarity to THE RAID: REDEMPTION, in the hopes that killing them will eliminate the problem. Only she didn’t imagine the killer instincts of Dredd would be so effective, as the rough-edged character keeps coming in order to dish out proper justice to those breaking the law on his watch.

There’s a mechanical feel that permeates Urban’s portrayal of Dredd, almost RoboCop-esque, right down to his dry sense of humor. There’s not a lot of room for grey in his job, and, as a result, the black-white nature of the law keeps the character very stern in his demeanor. However, it’s the lack of personality that becomes Dredd’s personality, with Urban marching forward with a purpose in every scene, not eliminating threats, but simply removing more and more obstacles that stand in the way of his goal of taking down the drug activity Ma-Ma heads.

With Urban taking such a stoic approach, Thirlby is an absolute necessity. Her cute innocence adds softness to the film and a new set of tactics to help enforce the law among Mega-City One’s citizens, namely ones that don’t require excessive force. Urban may have character’s name on the film, but, for me, it’s Thirlby that brings the film together, as she’s the only one with any sort of character arc to follow. We see the experience being gained by the rookie as this first assignment becomes tougher and far more deadly, whereas Dredd just keeps doing what he does, which really breaks down to killing people in a variety of ways.

    

Director Pete Travis has really turned in a visually impressive film, from the cool drug-induced moments of extreme slow motion to some insanely awesome action beats, like the opening Judge high-speed pursuit or the turret barrage within the slum building. In addition, he’s made the 3-D work for him, using it for both gimmick and depth of field. He eagerly sends some blood splatter at your face during time of shootout, yet also knows enough to keep subjects in the foreground, giving off the illusion of depth in front of you as opposed to moving away from where you sit. It’s a concave way of looking at the image as opposed to convex, which causes the 3-D to lend an extra dimension to DREDD, instead of forcing you to watch a picture that still looks relatively flat in the presentation of its imagery.

Most importantly, DREDD 3D is a whole lot of fun to watch. Urban’s permanent scowl and raspy voice can be laughable at times as the projection of a tough guy that someone trying way too hard would put forth, but DREDD 3D lets its action speak far louder than its words. You’ll find your fair share of “Oh, shit!” moments as Dredd takes down nameless and sometimes soon-to-be literally faceless bad guys on his way to Ma-Ma, and that’s really what makes something like DREDD 3D pretty good. There’s joy to be gained from seeing Dredd hand out the only brand of justice he knows, and the film certainly packs a punch when it comes to delivering entertainment value. As far as cool action flicks are concerned, DREDD 3D is guilty as charged. 

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    As bad as the Stallone film is

    by Grando

    calling it "an absolute disaster" is doing a disservice to the amazing production design. Mega City One and The Cursed Earth look great. The make up work on The Angel Gang is outstanding and the practical FX work on the ABC warrior is top drawer. But yes, the rest of the film is an absolute disaster.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    The Kidd is a bad reviewer

    by kizza_kizza

    Even if I like the same movie the Kidd likes, his reasons for liking or disliking a movie make little sense to me. Maybe this movie will be good, but I can't trust the Kidd's judgment at all.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Saw it last Saturday......

    by Adam

    ....believe the hype. This is the hard-R / faithful to the funny books movie that a LOT of you have been waiting for. Go in with a strong stomach and you can keep your high expectations - they WILL be exceeded.....

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Which makes it a disaster

    by JasonZumwalt

    I agree. the film LOOKS fantastic. Stallone SHOULD have been perfect. With the helmet on he even has moments of brilliance. And then the helmet comes off, the mugging starts, Schneider won't stop and it becomes a disaster.

  • ...which is what I respect the most about his take on things. He doesn't like or dislike films because something that happened in his childhood or some personal experience that skewed his tastes and world views so that only certain films are worthy of note. Some critics like to tell people why THEY enjoyed a movie. Other critics like to tell people why OTHER PEOPLE would like a movie. Personally I'm interested in the latter critics' opinion, not the former. Who the fuck cares if someone has fond memories of their first car in college and that's why they loved Bayformers. What's more important is whether or not Bayformers has anything to offer ANYONE in the audience. And whether its technically a good film in the global context of what people think makes a good film. The Kidd's reviews remind me of Moriarty's reviews; their takes on films are about the whole picture, not just some aspect that turned a truly shitty, vapid movie into a moment of orgasmic self-indulgence that justifies tricking other people into sitting through 90+ minutes of soul-destroying crap. Too many reviewers on AICN review films from their balls and not from their heads. Naturally a website that has those kinds of reviews will also attract readers who get off on that too, hence the talkbackers will also reflect that style. But that's not for me. Keep reviewing Kidd, you're the freshest breath of air this site's seen in years.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I like the Kidd's concise, focused reviews

    by 3D-Man

    But I'm still not completely sold on this film.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Zzz

    by CuervoJones

    http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/best-of-2000-ad/21-1.jpg

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Forget Stallone

    by batfunk

    Urban nails Dredd 100%! He channels the spirit of Clint Eastwood with the help of a faithfully rendered costume (even with the changes made to the shoulder pads) and a perfect helmet, which looks better in motion than in the stills. Imagine Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13 crossed with Dirty Harry. Never before has a comic book adaption featured so much carnage. Even the blood was shot against green screen. Stallone compromised everything about Dredd. His lycra costume was shit, his pads were too bling and his helmet all wrong, when he actually kept it on. As a Judge Dredd fan since 1977, believe me when I say "Dredd 3D justs gets it right". The world is set up for better and more freaky sequels. They should retire James Bond and replace him with Joe Dredd! See this film dear America and help us all get to see Dredd 2, 3, 4 and 5 etc. It could go on and on. Nice review Mr Kidd!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Very disappointed by this...

    by huskerdu2

    ...Urban is decent as Dredd and Thirlby and Headey do decent work in the supporting roles, but the film's got zero story, zero character and gives zero reason for you to a) care about anything that happens on screen and b) understand why anyone would think Dredd was a cool character in the first place. Biggest sin of all is that Mega City One has been reduced to just your standard generic post-apocalyptic city. Sadly, the original Robocop is still the best Dredd film we'll ever get.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see the Dredd / Batman graphic novel crossover.

    by laslowpanaflax

    The Judgement in Gotham graphic Novel is an awesome story. was so cool seeing Batman in Megacity where being a vigilante just doesn't cut it with Dredd and with Judge Death running amok in Gotham on a jokeresque rampage. The future is endless pointless cross overs believe me, embrace the idea now.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Saw it last weekend

    by teddy_duchamp

    I thought it was very good, it's a lean movie and gets straight to the point, Anderson is a great side kick and as interesting as Dredd. Bad guys were a little cliche but so what, it certainly stayed in my mind long after I left the cinema unlike The Avengers and Spider man. Go see it it's good fun, hope they make a sequel

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    SEE it, THEN judge it guys!

    by batfunk

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    THIS is how Dredd should be!

    by BiggusDickus

    I have seen Dredd 3D twice now. Absolutely loved it! I hope enough of you lovely ex-colonials turn out to see this so that the budget can be upped for the sequel! Alex Garland is hinting at bringing Chopper into the mix next time. Imagine seeing Supersurf 7 going down in 3D. Man, that would just rock!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Dudes, i think we broke The Kidd. Two positive reviews in a row!

    by albert comin

    We broke him! He's now ours to control.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Drokk it all! I'm seeing this tonight.

    by Daytripper69

    Judge Dredd always knows.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Batfunk

    by Daytripper69

    I see what you did, there.

  • Who ever tried to convince us that Rob Schniedier is a funny man must be completly devoided of any sense of humour. If ever a funny man was unfunny, that was Rob Schneider. The Stallone movie has the typical problem of too many cooks spoiling the soup. It's a movie made my comité, it's a movie made by a bunch of very insecure people, fully affraid to comit to the story they had on hands. too affraid the public would turn their backs just because a bunch of action movie boxes were not ticked. The desperate atempt at comedy, the desperate atempt at romance, the desperate atempt to turn it into an action movie but to tuck it at a PG-13 rating, the desperate atempt remove the helmet from Dredd to show off that Stallone was playing the main character as if we wouldn't know! Were it not for those nonsense idioticies, i think we would all remember the first Judge Dredd movie much more foundly.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    @scirocco

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    That's what happens when good films start coming our way.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah don't understand the "still not sold" thing

    by theyreflockingthisway

    If you like the Judge Dredd character, reviews say the film is good and you want something to watch at the cinema then what's the problem? That it doesn't play through exactly 100% to the Dredd movie you have thought up in your mind? I mean you don't have to like it, but to write it off when you haven't seen it despite such positive reviews is madness. Just go and see for yourself and if you don't like it then come back here and give your opinion. Just don't worry so much and enjoy such things when they come along.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    @Mr billythekidd

    by albert comin

    I hear you.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    @theyreflockingthisway

    by BiggusDickus

    Well said, sir! The only 'issue' I had was that the visuals and vehicles of MC1 weren't as futuristic and polished as they could've been. This was obviously down to the very limited budget, and I was prepared to go with it because everything else was spot-on and from the heart. This is a true comic-book fanboy movie. I don't get the reluctance from some of the parish here to engage. Just plant your arses in a theatre seat and enjoy the ride! A hard 'R' comic book film is obviously a studio gamble. I'm worried that, if this bombs, the studio execs will think that we, the cinema-going public, don't anything other than shiny PG-13 Spider-Man reboots every few years. And that would be a shame.

  • but forget to add in a clause about actual talent. So he gets a career. But practically everyone in the world looks at him and goes *What the fuck is he doing in this movie?* I also believe Sam Worthington is this decades biggest example of a sucker of Satans cock.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Dredd 3D is not a proper Judge Dredd film

    by coolfan123

    Reasons why. Blocks too low-tech and slummy. Plot is just a variation on Die Hard. Hero trapped in block. Hardly any Dredd world content aside from the basics: Judges, blocks, lawgivers, bikes. Perps have no character. Just typical gang members. The main villain is a hooker. Is that the best Alex Garland could come up with? Where's all the crazy perps, citizens, crimes? Where's the Dredd world humour? The absurdity? Some satire? Nope, none in this film. This is just Die Hard with a bit of Escape From New York added. Replace John McClane and Snake Plissken with a helmeted hero like Judge Dredd and a psychic colleague like Anderson and that's Dredd 3D. Go read classic John Wagner/Alan Grant Judge Dredd strips? Do the plots remind you of Die Hard? Nope. All Garland did was take the basics of Judge Dredd's world, downscale it a huge amount and then stick the main characters in a Die Hard type plot. When you consider the 35 years worth of material to be inspired by, 'Dredd Hard' is pretty lame. It's totally unimaginative and lacking real Dredd world content and a Dredd world plot. The film is expected to open in single digits (!) so don't expect a more imaginative sequel in the future.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Coolfan123 is Scott Nestel...

    by SonOfTorah

    Yes indeed, Scott Nestel, aka Scojo the legendary obsessive compulsive Dredd fan who has been banned from the IMDB boards more than 15 times (!) is banned from John Wagner's Facebook page, is banned from the official 2000AD Online Forums, and who submitted his own screenplay to DNA innumerable times so much so that they threatened him with legal action unless he stop hassling them! Scott, you are a sociopath and need help son. Admit it.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST

    sonoftorah

    by chuffsterUK

    Amen to that!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Does almost the entire film take place in that one building?

    by FlandersBum

    I've heard as such, and that would be pretty boring after awhile. Other have said this film is a 'downsized' version of Judge Dredd, lacking much of the mythology and mostly a 'trapped in a building' type movie. Hope that's not the case.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    The Stallone film was shit but...

    by MustGoFaster

    It had Diane Lane aka the hottest piece of ass ever to walk the planet and now the best milf around. So it wins.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Best thing about DREDD '95

    by JIMBOCOP

    Early in the movie the Rico's Lawgiver pistol reads his DNA *through the palm of his glove*, framing Dredd for murder. Later in the same movie Rico needs to upload his very same DNA to the MC1 Central computer to use for the Janus clones and... IT TAKES FOUR ENOURMOUS METAL SPIKES THROUGH HIS BLEEDING ARM TO TAKE THE DNA SAMPLE. THIS IS THE SAME DNA THE COMPUTER ALREADY HAS A SAMPLE OF!!! Fail.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    @Mr theyreflockingthisway

    by albert comin

    Well, some people like me are a bit burned out from movies which get raving reviews and they turn out to be shit. Liek how it happened to me with the first Michael Bay's "Transformers" movie, where the majority of the professional critics and the geek opinions were quite positive, and the movie turned out to be the shit that is so common and becoming of a Bay directed movie. And that's not the sole example, unfortunatly. However, saying that, i do have good hopes for "Dredd".

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST

    @Mr mustgofaster

    by albert comin

    And least we forget, the 95 movie also had Diane Lane and Joan Chen at the height of their gorgeausness fighting each other, and no mere girly hair-pulling fight but a real go for broke punch fight. Yeah, the movie does have it's good things.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Havn't seen it yet, but if time is @ 1%, isn't that SPEEDING UP the brain?

    by James Robinson

    Just sayin...

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 5:56 a.m. CST

    coolfan123 exactly my thoughts.

    by jack

    ths movie looks like a poor cousin of what a true Dredd movie would look like.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    DREDD '95

    by JIMBOCOP

    I also love the bit where Dredd lectures the rookies on the effective range of the weapons being used in the Block War and basically says "They're only using flechettes. You're safe, so why are you hiding?" Um, maybe because in the preceding shot, we've seen them firing ROCKET LAUNCHERS at each other and those harmless flechettes were shown KILLING PEOPLE in the streets. I am the DUH.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    People bitching about the limited scope of DREDD3D

    by JIMBOCOP

    The epic approach has been tried and failed. No way a studio is going to spend another £90,000,000 on a cult British comic book property and make it a Hard R rated movie, with boinging, Kleggs, pedways, iso-cubes, the Statue of Justice, Walter the Wobot, proper block wars, proper aliens, proper mutants, umpty bagging, mo-pads, etc. etc. It just won't happen as a live action movie, although I could see an animated take on Dredd, complte with all of the above working, if the violence was handled well. I still like DREDD '95 for the production design, practical effects and Silvestri's score, but DREDD 3D is far, far closer to John Wagner's Dredd than Stallone and at half the cost.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Dredd 3D was good...

    by Delta5Qmp

    But I can't help but feel it would have been better with more people getting shot. It was a good story but it just lacked any real violent gunplay.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Dredd 3D - Great

    by Darth_Scotsman

    Saw it last week here is Scotchland. Loved it. Better than the US abortion with Stallone. Stick to the comic folk in tights.

  • And will these films be simply title TANK and WIRE?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Breath of fresh air

    by RocketFuckingMan

    Makes a change to have a hero thats not crying over his parents or girlfriend whilst wearing a leotard,just a FUCKING BADASS kicking ass for 96 minutes.Best film so far this year.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Kinda hate the concept of the character, so I'll pass.

    by FluffyUnbound

    I'd support an adaptation of Dredd that blamed the entire post-apocalyptic environment on the Judges in the first place (i.e. the way the world got destroyed was the insistence of the Judges on enforcing obedience no matter what the cost). I'm a little uncomfortable with the villains here being drug dealers. At least the DEATH WISH films made the villains rapists, and the DIRTY HARRY films had assassins and child murderers and rapists and corrupt cops for Clint to blow away. I guess it helps a little that they jammed some murders in there. Because otherwise you've got a story where unaccountable tyrants are shooting up a neighborhood and killing whoever they choose to stop people from experiencing time at 1% speed - in which case, put me down for killing the Judges.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    @kizza_kizza

    by John Baker

    I don't have anything against Kidd but I completely know what you mean. It's like when you ask a retard what his favorite color is and it turns out it's your favorite too.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    In this city Justice comes at a price...

    by JIMBOCOP

    "...that price is Freedom".

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Those helmets

    by Ray Tchoulakian

    I can't take any Dredd film seriously enough because of those stupid helmets. It's the kind of movie prop that would completely take me out of the film. Anyone who actually would wear such a thing would have absolutely no peripheral vision, and the red X bar across the front would seriously inhibit direction vision. I can suspend disbelief pretty well for most films, but such an illogical piece of clothing would ruin enjoying a film. And yes, I realize how crazy I sound for nitpicking a helmet. But that's just me.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Honestly worth watching. Its fucking good

    by Rakesh Patel

    recommended it to a girl i knew she also loved it and isnt a big action sci bird by any means.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    As close as you can get

    by rebelpigs

    Realy good introduction to Dredd for those (and there are many who, despite Stallone, dont know him), Not too heavy on the baggage, It stays focused on the job at hand, another director might have gotten distracted in painting the world around him, but there's no need this film is about Dredd and Anderson. I liked the episodic feel. It was a day in the life of Dredd. You get the impression he has arep within the Dept, but dosen't think or know he's special. I think if this ends up as a working franchise it's gonna be as adictive as slo mo, can't wait for the next. Dredd is the sort of character archetype, you can put in any of this genre's scenarios and it will work. The 3D is great too, as the Kid said. The film has an oily, smoky quality to it's visuals that exploits the flaws of 3D and turns them into assets. The only film I've seen that really pulls this off. It's a weired thing to say but, who would have though Death could look so beautiful.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    For fuck's sake, Scott - change the record!

    by Noisybast

    To answer your gripes (against my better judgement): "Blocks too low-tech and slummy": How many sectors are there in Mega city one? Are they all pristine? Remember Sector 13 from The Pit? That was a shithole, too. One of the better Dredd stories ever published. "Plot is just a variation on Die Hard. Hero trapped in block": And? There have been any number of great movies and/or comics in which the action is restricted to one location. It's what you do with it that counts. And in any case, it's a *big* location... "Hardly any Dredd world content aside from the basics: Judges, blocks, lawgivers, bikes": Bollocks. Off the top of my head, I spotted references to Hondo city, a couple of fatties, a hottie stand, Chopper's graf tag, a billboard ad for Munce, mentions of Resyk and Meat Wagons. That's a couple of weeks after a single viewing. I'm sure if I watched it again I'd spot more. "Perps have no character. Just typical gang members. The main villain is a hooker. Is that the best Alex Garland could come up with?": Ma Ma is an *ex* hooker. She has had quite a career since then. There's quite a well-developed backstory, if you pay attention. Looking elsewhere, and without wanting to spoil anything for US viewers, the Clan Techie character had plenty of depth to him. Or how about the guy we saw in one brief scene, only for Anderson to meet his wife later on? Not sure what you're looking for here, unless this is . "Where's all the crazy perps, citizens, crimes?": OK, so none of the residents of this particular block were sporting belly-wheels or simp suits. I don't think that approach would fit very well with the story being told. They're not in every episode in the comic, either. Context is king. "Where's the Dredd world humour? The absurdity? Some satire?": There's plenty of black humour and even some satire to be had here. Look again. Absurdity? Again, not a great fit for this particular story. There wasn't a great deal of that in Day of Chaos either. "This is just Die Hard with a bit of Escape From New York added": Sort of, yes. Is that a problem? I personally enjoyed both of those films. There's a bit more to it than that, though. I thought it had hints of Assault on Precinct 13 and District 9, too. I haven't seen The Raid yet. You keep mentioning the strip's 35 years of history. You can't cram all that into 95 minutes. Can't be done. If you try, you end up with Stallone's botch-job. What you *can* do is take the elements that work for the story you're tying to tell and craft that into one entertaining movie. As far as I'm concerned, Messrs Garland and Travis have pulled that off admirably. What's more, John Wagner feels the same way, and I value his opinion considerably more than I do yours.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Saw Dredd last last night

    by quicksilver80

    It was ok, maybe I was expecting too much after reading so many glowing reviews. Or maybe because I haven't read the comics, I wasn't that invested in the character or how faithful it was portrayed in the film.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Stallone Dredd

    by C0CKLES

    I remember having a good conversation via email with Peter Briggs a few years ago about his Judge Dredd script back when Shwarznegger was going to be Dredd and Tony Scott was going to direct. Apparantly the final straw was a scene where Judge Death waxes lyrical atop a giant mound of Judge cadet corpses that gave Hollywood the jitters. You can read him talk about some of it here:- http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=peter%20briggs%20judge%20dredd&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alienscollection.com%2Fandydiggle.html&ei=nGtcUOTCEdKyhAfEjYDYDg&usg=AFQjCNEzWnQJaTQnHIwU5jyR60hlfbk9kg

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    by Cal Mckinlay

    Christ is Scott here too?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Christ is Scott here too?

    by Cal Mckinlay

    Is there anywhere he doesn't troll?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    He's like the sand on Tatooine

    by Cal Mckinlay

    He's dry, course and gets everywhere.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    I had ZERO expectations

    by gaygoonie

    And I dug it. It's a fun, fun movie.

  • Go fuck yourself Kidd!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    yeah, as far as I remember, the Stallone film was intentional camp

    by Spandau Belly

    I don't think it was supposed to some intense action flick, I think it was supposed to be more of a FLASH GORDON type of campfest. I'm looking forward to revisiting it now that it's out on bluray. I'll see this new DREDD when it hits last run cinemas for 5 bucks and is in 2D.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    cheers C0ckles

    by Righteous Brother

    I'll have a good read of that later on. and Spandau.........I don't think the original was intended to be camp - I remember Danny Cannon the director talking it up before it came out, I'm sure he intended it to be serious - he is a Brit, and was a big 2000ad fan. Chalk it up to, studio interference I guess.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Jimbocop - I remember that line from the video game...

    by R. B.

    "Dredd vs Death". Did it originate somewhere else? Anyway, been looking very forward to this since its announcement, but have been very skeptical. Going to take the wife and a friend to see this tonight. Think it'll get me laid?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I told you: No humour. No absurdity. Zero satire.

    by CuervoJones

    Just a generic action movie with digital blood.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Who's looking at you kidd?

    by Judge Anderson's kinky boots

    Glad you liked Dredd! Now the rest of the States must embrace the film so we can get those sequels! Do it USA, it's your duty! And Cuervojones. There's satire and humour. It's just not of the lunk-head Saturday Night Live variety! If you want obvious, go watch an Adam Sandler movie!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    No humour? Spoiler within

    by SQUIDDLY

    He's thinking about going for your gun

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    judgment in gotham

    by solitaire

    still my favorite Batman, Dredd, Death and Anderson versions of all time. Jesus can Simon Bisley create art. The scene where Anderson looks into Batman's mind and "sees" Batman's world...just beautiful. Also, any comic where the scarecrow says Boo! to judge death and scares him is hysterical. "Boo? Boo?!? Who daaaaaaaaresssssssssss BOO Deathhhhhhhh?!?"

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Guys, it's Judgement "on" Gotham not "in"

    by Eric Brown

    But yes...awesome comic book.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    DREDD '95

    by thelordofhell

    Could have been great if they did three things........get rid of Schneider and have Kurt Russell play Dredd and Stallone play Rico........

  • I am a huge Dredd fan and I am going to see this no matter what, but I do have similar concerns. For me, the apparent lack of humor and satire in this film is my biggest gripe.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    For those complaining about lack of a real megacity

    by K-Gin

    Its called budget limitations. This movie had a modest budget from what I have read, so to get it done, they focused on a straight forward action movie and trying to treat the character right. They may have sacrificed the epic sci fi feel of Megacity, but judging by most reviews, it seems to have been the correct choice. Maybe the sequel will have to budget to provide you the Megacity you want.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    The sad thing about Dredd 3D is...

    by coolfan123

    ...it's got less imagination, humour than your typical Wagner/Grant six page Dredd story. Go read Chris Weston's very recent Judge Dredd six page story: Death of Dan E Cannon in Prog 1800 (dated 12 Sept 2012) In six pages it's got way more imagination, comedy, than anything in Garland's Die Hard pastiche! Garland's take on Dredd is too dour, lifeless, too plodding. It's like he sapped all the life out of the Dredd's world. Karl Urban is sensational as Judge Dredd but the story doesn't give him anything do to. He goes through a few corridors, shoots few perps, talks to Anderson, then repeats the same thing. After 20 mins of that you've seen all there is to see. The film has no spark of originality or surprise or surreal moments or clever satirical moments or anything. It's just a one dimensional generic take on Judge Dredd's world and the action scenes aren't that amazing. They're decent enough but they're not going to convince enough people to pay the expensive 3D ticket prices to make Dredd 3D a hit. If you water down Judge Dredd you get Dredd 3D. It was a flawed approach due to lack of budget and lack of vision by Alex 'copy other action films plots' Garland. Heck, even the title is watered down! Dredd 3D - hardly a classic title, is it?! Judge Dredd is too big budget, perhaps too unlikeable for a mainstream American/international audience. Perhaps we have to accept that? If people love Judge Dredd it's because it's a great comic book character. I don't think it's ever going to be embraced by enough people to become a great MOVIE character. And isn't helped when you have writers with no imagination - MR ALEX GARLAND - being hired to write the story. He has zero imagination to bring a character like Judge Dredd to the big screen. Hiring him doomed this film even before they shot a single frame of film. The right story is imperative.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe Stallone's Dredd was rated R

    by schlockthemonkey

    was there even anything in it that even deserved more than a PG?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Go watch Dredd 3D and spot the vehicle Dredd is chasing..

    by coolfan123

    ...then go watch the beginning of Robocop and spot the vehicle Murphy and Lewis are chasing. Notice anything? Garland tells us in the first five minutes of Dredd 3D... "I got nothing to show you that you haven't seen before." Does a low budget sci-fi film mean it has to be so unoriginal, so generic? I don't think so. Sure, you don't have the cash to do huge CGI action scenes but coming up with a storyline that seems SPECIFIC to Judge Dredd's world would seem the most important consideration when people decide to invest time and money making a new Judge Dredd film. But this didn't happen. 'Trapped in a place you can't get out of' has been done enough times; why does Judge Dredd need to repeat Die Hard? Why does it need to be like The Raid? Was Alex Garland so devoid of inspiration he couldn't think of anything else to write? I guess so. He had 30 or so years of Judge Dredd material to plunder, to borrow from, and he comes up with DREDD RAID HARD. Perhaps a more imaginative take on Dredd's world would have avoided the endless internet chatter: "Is this a Raid rip-off?" Garland and the rest at DNA are not smart enough to come up with anything else. They dug themselves a mighty hole, the internet users laughed and poked fun at Dredd 3D with all the "Raid rip-off" comments and that has undermined this film. Had Garland done some small budget version of The Mega-Rackets, or The Graveyard Shift or The Hunters Club - three classic Judge Dredd storylines - no-one would be comparing Dredd 3D to Die Hard or The Raid or Escape From New York. If your main source of reference is action films and not the source material you end up with Dredd 3D. A film that gets the characterization of Dredd right but most of the rest wrong.

  • But in truth, it only suffered a dull bad guy and needless sidekick. But the sky-cycle chase alone was worth the price of admission.

  • If the world is as brutal and harsh as its depicted, populations would plummet. People don't want to have kids when there's uncertainty and the prospect of raising them is a nightmare. For example, the 2008 economic crisis touched off a slight decrease in the birth rate of the U.S. and Europe, because of that very same uncertainty (but also coupled with a changing idea of marriage and having babies to people in their 20s and 30s). Shit, I'm overthinking things again...

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Lego set tells us MAN of Steel Villain isn't Zod?

    by billandted

    ?? http://garys-movie-thoughts.blogspot.com/2012/09/did-lego-set-name-give-away-man-of.html

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    It's just a fad to bash Stallone's Dredd..I loved it

    by SlyWalker

    I will see this one too and most liely enjoy it for different reasons. Could care less about helmet on or off!

  • Yeah, I'm old. Deal with it.

  • The guy is the very epitome of a sociopathic stalker-fan. There's a reason why he has been banned from, well, pretty much everywhere that is anything to do with Judge Dredd/2000AD over the years. And the fact that none of this makes him even consider changing his own behaviour...well. Hell, from what I've heard he's even been threatened with restraining orders and legal action over his harrassment towards certain members of Rebellion staff, DNA, and John Wagner, just for starters. The fact that he now has a fanboy Jihad against the new Dredd film is just par for the course really. Seriously, type Scott Nestel into google, I'm sure you'll find some...interesting...conversations. Seriously, the guy is a fucking loon.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Cuervojones - no humour? Bullshit.

    by irishraidersfan

    Won't spoil it for others, but I can recite about 5 hilarious Dredd lines - and I only saw it once. You're full of it.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    *Its called budget limitations.

    by jack

    then don't make the fucking movie. Imagine if LOTR didn't have Rivendell and the Mines of Moria because of budget constraints. Would have this excuse been acceptable by the fans?

  • Which is why you can make a good Bond film that doesn't have Q or a plethora of gadgets in it, or that isn't even based on an Ian Fleming book. Why you could make a Batman film that didn't have The Joker as the villain, or that didn't feature Robin/Batgirl/Nightwing, and that isn't directly based on any of the comics. And why you can make a Judge Dredd film of a smaller scale that delivers on the spirit of the character on screen, without having to show everything that has ever been seen in the pages of Dredd's 2000AD. The truly great characters can be used in any manner of different types of stories, both the epic and the smaller, more contained ones. Just as long as it is still recognisably the character that we know and love, and it has been done with care and respect in a film and story that works, that's all that should really matter at the end of the day. I mean the BBC Sherlock tv show isn't an exact retelling of Conan Doyle's books, nor does it share all that many points with the beloved Rathbone film series, nor the much respected Jeremy Brett Holmes series, but that doesn't make it any less worthy, or detract from the fact that it is still very much Sherlock Holmes in spirit, albeit a take designed to work for modern audiences. Similarly, Burton's Batman and Nolan's Batman, and Bruce Timm's Batman are all very different interpretations, but they are all Batman. Some you might like more than others, but the core and spirit of the character carries across all versions. Doctor Who is another good example. You look at the different eras of that show, as defined by the lead actor playing The Doctor, and production team, and some you might like more than others. They all have their own distinct flavours, they all travel their own specific path is some way, have their own tone, tell their own types of stories, but at the same time, they are all still part of the one show, the one character. Things aren't black and white, especially when it comes to adapting something for the screen and trying to make it work for current audiences. So the smart people lock on to the key points, try to maintain what they see as the most important elements while working within whatever limitations they may have, and in terms of the latest Dredd, that is obviously the characters of Dredd himself, nailing that character, and then building outwards from there. Slowly at first, due to things like budgetary limitations, but in doing that it gives them the opportunity to go bigger and wilder in sequels, and expand the universe on screen, if the first film is successful. Seems like the right call to me. Oh, and for the record, Jackson and company missed a whole bunch of things, both characters and settings, during their three film cinematic adaptation of Lord of the Rings. Because even when you have a huge budget, a free hand to do as you please, and are allowed a very long cinematic running time, you still have to make hard choices about what is key, what is most important, what captures the spirit of the tale, and what would most benefit the film version. So I pretty much disagree with you on both fronts.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    A drug that slows time perception to 1%, that would suck.

    by Pat

    Realistically I'd be down with like 45-75%, somewhere in there. That might be kind of fun. Conversely, if Mega City One is so awful a place, why would a person there want to experience all the squalor at 1% time perception? And is the slow mo in the movie really 1% slow mo? I bet it's more like 25 - 40% on screen. Have not seen this so I can only guess.

  • you obviously don't remember Jurgen Prochnow getting his arms ripped off by the robot blood flying...

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Solitaire, the Batmobile in Judgement on Gotham is great, too.

    by Autodidact

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Dredd 3d is similar type of movie to Pitch Black...

    by grev

    As in no, it's not the greatest movie ever made. But it's still pretty good with lots of ultra violent fun. I've seen Dredd 3d twice now. The first time I saw it I was underwhelmed - thought it was ok but nothing special. The 2nd time - it surprised me just how good it really was, and how wrong I'd been the first time. I think the reason I thought it sucked the first time was because my expectations were so high that no movie was ever going to live up to them.

  • grandiose action sequences. You can't make a Batman movie without Gotham City, a popular villain and his gadgets. You can't make a Doctor Who series without aliens and alien settings and the Tardis. You can't make a classic Sherlock Holmes without the 19th century London. That means you do need to realize some key points necessary to tell the story properly and make justice to the character. And to realize them you need money, you need a budget. You are deliberately changing the point of my LORT example. Moira and Rivendell are necessary plot locations for the story. You need them in the movie in order to tell the story properly. If you remove them because you don't have the budget to realize them, then you ruin the story itself, regardless if you nailed some other parts from the original source. And yes Peter Jackson did fuck up LOTR, who told you that he did a great job adapting it? but that's another topic for discussion.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    slywalker there is not such thing in the movie

    by jack

    Jurgen is killed by the ABC off-screen.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I hear the violence is through the roof in this movie

    by Raptor Jesus

    When is enough enough? Do we really need to see people being shot in the head in slow motion?

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    It's superb.

    by J.B.M.A.

    I dreaded (pun intended) the films arrival after seeing shots of the bikes and actors, but I'm happy to eat my words. Sure, there are things it might have been nice to do different - Batman stole Dredds bike for the Batpod, the underwhelming Megacity will be a problem for any sequels (though the vast interior of Peach Tree was bizarre enough to be quite future-y) and his costume needs a bit of nip and tuck - but I forsee future movies taking even greater swipes at the satire and 'Dredd-ness' once this has bankrolled enough. And it should. Because it's enormous fun.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    menstruatingheart

    by J.B.M.A.

    Of course it's not 1%. That would be ridiculous. But it's a figure that makes the audience go "Oh, that's fucked up!" in a way that 40% never could. Incidentally the Slo-Mo effects shots are beautiful. You would want to get high on this stuff. It looks ACE.

  • Because if Old Mans War gets made first no one is ever going to sign off on RT. The stories are completely different but the visuals are way too similar.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Dredd is a franchise that could keep getting better.

    by batfunk

  • In order to bring MG1 into a movie, you need at least $100m. Dredd costed $50m. Let's say it become a moderate success. How much bigger do you think the budget will be for the sequel? Not more than $80m and that is a very loose estimation.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    A cartoon sequel would be a better route than live action?

    by coolfan123

    A low-ish budget animated Judge Dredd film would be the closest 'film' version of 2000AD's Judge Dredd. I think an animated Rogue Trooper film would be the best approach too. Live action 2000AD films are too risky, the budgets required (100 - 200 million) make it near impossible to nail the true feel and scale of the comic strips. No studio or investor (hedge fund, private equity etc) is going to risk that sort of money on future 2000AD films. A 10 - 20 million dollar animated Judge Dredd film - assuming that is enough money - would be preferable to another slummy low-tech vision of Judge Dredd's world.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    COOLFAN123...

    by Johnny Wrong

    ...total fucking fanny.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    You all know Rob Schneider is brilliant in 'The Animal'...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...his Sandler-movie cameos are usually pretty funny in some enormously racist way too. It's okay, he's half-filipino. Terra Nova High School baby!!!

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Just saw it in 3-D. It was fucking great. B+

    by Quake II

    Hardcore badass movie. The 3-D was mind-bending. The gore was at Robocop levels and the electronic music fit the movie perfectly. What I really liked was the new uniform. It was practical, looked tough and is definately my next costume project. The movie really couldn't have been much better with the budget they had. In fact it looked really good considering. My only issue is the fact that after it leaves the theater I will never be able to see the amazing surreal slo-mo fall at the end in beautiful 3-D.

  • This is the best Dredd film we were gonna get for the budget allowed, and it's brilliant for what it is. So let's all go out in droves and watch this good comic book adaptation so we can get some bigger budget sequels going. Saw it at TIFF and I'm anxiously waiting the theatrical release to bring my friends. This is one fun movie.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Dredd 3D set to be epic flop?

    by coolfan123

    According to a new post on 2000ADonline's forum: "Hollywood Reporter say that "early returns suggest that Dredd might finish with $ 7-8 million this weekend." This is absolutely tiny. Dredd 3D has a low budget - estimated to be around 45 million dollars (it could be a bit lower) - but a 7-8 million dollars opening will kill off any chance of a sequel. I reckon the film needs to gross at least 70 - 100 million from box office and DVD/Blu-ray sales and I can't see that happening. A few comic book nerds and sci-fi action films isn't enough, this film has to have broad appeal and it looks like it hasn't.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I think Lionsgate did made one huge marketing mistake...

    by coolfan123

    ..showing the death of SPOILER REMOVED in the trailer. I'm sure some people saw the trailer and thought "hey, they've shown us the death of the SPOILER REMOVED, no point going to see the film." Releasing it in September was probably a mistake, I guess. It's pretty much the graveyard film month. I think March or April would have been been a better month. Might have opened a bit bigger?

  • The movie costed $50m and according to boxofficemojo, Lionsgate which is the distributor for the american market, is tracking its opening day in the range of 8-10m dollars. To put it into some perspective, Kick-Ass got a sequel because it costed $30m but grossed $45 in the american BO. So unless Dredd grosses $50m in order to get its budget back, don't expect to see MC1 in the sequel because there is not going to be any.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    This film is dead on arrival, not Dredd on arrival

    by coolfan123

    Box office estimates are in and Dredd 3D is looking like an epic flop. 1. House At The End Of The Road (Relativity) NEW [3,083 Runs] PG13 Friday $4.6M, Weekend $12.3M 2. End Of Watch (Open Road) NEW [2,730 Runs] R Friday $4.5M, Weekend $13.5M 3. Trouble With The Curve (Warner Bros) NEW [3,212 Runs] PG13 Friday $4.2M, Weekend $13.2M 4. Finding Nemo 3D (Disney) Week 2 [2,904 Runs] G Friday $2.3 (-54%), Weekend $8.2, Cume $28.9M 5. Dredd 3D (Lionsgate) NEW [2,506 Runs] R Friday $2.2M, Weekend $5.7M http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/soft-friday-box-office-clint-eastwoods-trouble-with-the-curve-disappoints-but-end-of-watch-strong-even-if-house-1-rebooted-dredd-opens-just-dreadful/ I didn't expect it to open that low. I think that's killed off any chance for a sequel. Americans are not interested in the character. They've avoided it. I don't think the plot helped sell it to the public. The R rating might have been a mad move from a profit point of view.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    It's All Over - DREDD opens below $10 million

    by Nintendarth

    Goodbye, DREDD. You failed once, and now you've failed again. Chalk up another franchise non-starter! HA HA HA!

  • Let's hope! Finger crossed! AMERICAN AUDIENCES HATE THIS STUFF! LEARN, HOLLYWOOD!

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    However, there is a silver lining.

    by Nintendarth

    If just one comic book fan now feels SLIGHTLY more embarrassed at the sorry state of their life that they give a crap about Judge Dredd, then literally ALL the work done to make this movie is worth it. Feel shame, you pieces of crap.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Dredd kicked ass.

    by Mr. Waturi

    I can't believe this movie is not being covered more. Dredd is what the Batman movies should have been. Better writing, better action, grittier and more stylized. Much better than "The Raid." Just awesome.

  • But the shelf life on Dredd will be long. This movie is better than the general public deserves and like Escape From New York, The Thing and Robocop it will do poor box office but will be loved for decades to come. On the home video market Dredd will be very popular and eventually get the audience it deserves. Judging US box office and cheering that a movie flops is foolish since 90% of the movies that make 50 million+ on opening weekend are absolute shit. Rooting for good movies to fail is like celebrating a vile turd like Transformers 2 making 500 million. I'm just sorry that we won't get a sequel because Urban NAILED Dredd and Thirlby as Anderson was fantastic. The movie was nearly perfect. I'll be seeing it a couple more times in the theater. The good news is that the merchandise will be easier to score on Ebay since NOBODY went to see it.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    ΕFNY and Robocop were big hits when they came out.

    by jack

    wtf are you talking about?

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Dredd needs to take $50m at the US box office

    by grev

    That's the figure that's been quoted in order for there to be a sequel.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    EFNY made 25 million and Robocop 53 mil. Total.

    by Quake II

    Pretty sure those numbers are adjusted for inflation. EFNY was the 32nd highest grossing movie of 1981. Not that impressive for such an awesome film. The general public flocks to shit movies. Look at these PG-13 horror films that come out every 3 months. They make an average of 18-25 million on opening weekend. No one remembers or cares about these movies years later. Dredd will always have an audience just like Escape From New York and Robocop.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    quake ii you are wrong

    by jack

    EFNY costed $6m and it grossed $25m Robocop costed $13m and it grossed $53m The conclusion based on these facts is that both movies were big hits in their time and that a lot of people went at cinemas to watch them. This means that using them as an example of movies that failed in the BO and became cult classics later is completely wrong. Dredd does not belong in the same category of those movies. It crashed and burned twice in the BO. Will the reboot become a cult classic in the upcoming years? perhaps. But until then, right now nobody cares about the character except the limeys.

  • Enjoy your endless watered down, limp, twinklefied pg-13 shit dumbasses, cause that's all you'll be getting for the foreseeable future. You just passed on the best action movie of the year, and a new cult fave, in favor of... what? Sitting at home live blogging your expanding waistlines? What a shame.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    In addition, Dredd is WAY better than The Raid (which was also good).

    by NeonFrisbee

    Though they share a similar plot structure (they're in a building and have to fight the bad guys in there), they share very few actual similarities. Further, although I liked The Raid, I FUCKING LOVED Dredd. Next time I hear some nerd complaining about how Hollywood never takes chances and never does hard-R, I'll point to DREDD and the fact that you passed on it, when you shoulda been lined up around the block. In other words: Where's the incentive for them to make quality hard-R flicks when you won't bother to see them?

  • It SHOULD have been a hit.

  • If Robocop turns out to be PG-13 its your fault

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    I AM THE LAWWWW

    by TheMachinist

    Loved the movie, perfectly balanced humor with gritty violence. Seriously wondering how they're gonna get Judge "THE CRIME IS LIFE" Death in there.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Judge Dredd has virtually no name recognition in North America.

    by Jared Syn

    If Stallone couldn't get butts in the seats, what made people think Karl Urban could?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:36 a.m. CST

    by billysmith

    nice movie

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Dredd was superb!! I've got to see it again.

    by Star Hump

    Being a Yank, I know how beloved this character is in the UK, yet I'm not too familiar with him. I always thought he was really sharp however. Now, after seeing this utterly bad ass film, I really want to hunt down the comics. This film is visually striking. It's directed beautifully and crammed to the gunwales with ultra-gritty detail. The filmmakers obviously care about the character as there is no Stallone-like fuckery going on here. It's just straight up Judge Dredd and his fascinating trainee, Judge Anderson. Total fidelity to the source material. Kudos to the filmmakers. And, man, is this fucker violent, featuring incredible action and gun death galore. Karl Urban is fantastic as Dredd, even down to his scowling mouth and stubble. It was like the comic was coming to life on screen. This excellent film is going to sink like a stone in the States and it's truly a shame. It's a very high quality production. Shame on AICN for not promoting this more. At least Kidd gave it a proper review. I can only hope this instant classic finds an audience on DVD. It's everything an action/comic book fan could ever want.

  • Even more interested in the comics now. Maybe, if we're lucky, we'll get a sequel to the film that adapts the classic comic storylines. I'm not holding my breath though.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Saw this over the weekend, and it fucking delivers.

    by Ironhelix

    It's been FAR too long since we have had such an uncompromising action movie like this. It gets right to the fucking point, the plot makes sense, I enjoyed the Dredd/Anderson banter, and the 3D was good (and I hate fucking 3D). Urban nails Dredd like no one has EVER nailed a character before. He IS Dredd. I am going to see it again, and I hope they make a sequel.

  • I got to the movie on time, had great seats in the almost-back row because it was "UltraAVX 3D" which is best from near the back and I like to minimize my odds of people coming in behind me and putting their feet up. When the trailers started there was a clip telling people not to put their feet up, explaining how annoying it was to the people in front. Great, I thought, that should prevent people in the future from doing that to me, but I'm extra-cool right now because there is nobody in the row behind me! Take a wild fucking guess what happened next? Yup, some assclown and his girlfriend walk alllllll the way up the stadium seating, down the row behind me, sit right in line with me, and proceed immediately to PUT THEIR FEET UP RIGHT NEXT TO MY FUCKING HEAD. Fortunately the movie was loud and absorbing enough that I was able to eventually ignore them. But for about the first 20 minutes of the movie my adrenaline was through the roof. It just never ever fucking fails.... never. Some fucking clown ALWAYS sits behind me and like one or two seats over and puts his feet up. This time, with them just missing the trailer telling them not to do that, it drove me insane (relatively speaking).

  • Gotta say ultraAVX is better than "lieMAX" 3D. Seems brighter. The sound in particular is awesome.

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