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UPDATED WITH WINNERS!! South Florida - The Kidd Is Giving These Select Few A Second Chance To See DREDD 3D!!

The Kidd here...

Alright, ladies and gents. The following are the unfortunate individuals who didn't have a chance to check out DREDD 3D over its opening weekend for the most legitimate reasons. I'm hooking them up with some run-of-engagement passes at the Cobb Dolphin 19 in Miami to fix that.

  • Daniel Brito
  • Joey Di Girolamo
  • Adam Gaffney
  • Eschel Hamel
  • Jeremy McDermott
  • Tanya Rausch
  • Bradley Seldin

That's it. That's the list.

Enjoy yourselves... I know you will.

Thanks to Lionsgate for setting this up with us.

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Action and violence are not one and the same. People forget that.

  • Pack that theater! Justice has NOT been served on this fucking badass film! This movie should have been #1. Fucking FINDING NEMO in its 2nd week beat out Dredd? Seriously America? For shame. I hate to admit it but we deserve the shit Hollywood dumps in our eyes every year. Bring on Transformers 4 and the PG-13 Robocop.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    And that shitty camcorder cop movie made DOUBLE what Dredd did.

    by Quake II

    End Of Watch.....Yeah, that's a movie we'll be talking about in 10 years. 13 million opening. It looks like a youtube quality movie from the trailers.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I just saw this movie....

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    and it was mediocre. It reminded me of some low budget movie from the 80's. Yeah it was violent. That was about it. But it was better than that Stallone crap.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Here's a reason to watch it..

    by Horseflesh625

    watch the bottom of the screen during the drugs bust, when the bullet goes through the perps cheek the blood appears to splash out of the bottom of the screen! The screen border is faked to enhance the 3D... seen it twice in UK, US box office is tragic. I think they failed to sell it to the ladies and the boys were pussywhipped into going to see the other innovative cinema on offer having seen it I think it was crazy not to promote Thirlby's Anderson more, she is the centre of the story, a very cool character as all female reviewers noticed CRAP poster. Trailer was also a bit lame

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Saw it Saturday.

    by ShogunMaster

    It's Dirty Harry meets Die Hard meet Blade Runner. Considering how shitty some of the 'successes' were this summer, it's sad to see this one get looked over. If you get a chance, def go check it out..

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    A completely joyless, nihilistic experience.....

    by john

    It's well-acted and has good cinematography but I felt dirty watching it afterwards. The movies hard violence is really its only selling point, and forget about the "inconsequential violence" stuff, the violence is grim and completely joyless. At least violence in movies like Kill Bill, Kick Ass and even The Raid have a sense of fun and playfulness. Horror movies have violence to scare/thrill/make up for lack of thrills/whatever. Dredd's violence was just grim and unappealing.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The scale of the movie was really small

    by HandOfIncreases

    It was a fairly good film. But the claustrophobic setting of having the entire movie take place in a single building in this vast world seemed like something for the SyFy channel.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Not too worried...this film is going to light it up in sales

    by LabattsBleu

    the unfortunate stain of the Stallone version is going to make it difficult to overcome... hoping it still has legs at the theaters tho

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake, go support this movie, you idiots.

    by firewhale

    Let's review: We have a small budget movie from creators and actors who love and respect the source material. They've made a hard-R faithful interpretation of a comic book that uses 3D in an entertaining way (coming from someone who HATES 3D), will keep you engaged, and introduces a character and universe that could expand into an amazing franchise. Is the scope small? Yes, they scaled the story down to budget constraints. Does this affect the entertainment value? No, not to me it didn't. It felt like an introductory story into a much larger environment that will be available in future installments. Let's be clear, if you don't go put your ass in a seat and support a movie like Dredd, you don't have any right to bitch about the studios cranking out diluted PG-13 Bayfests like Transformers and taming down movies that should obviously be R to more marketable PG-13 shitstorms. Is it going to be your favorite movie of the year? Maybe, but probably not. Is it worth your money? Most definitely. A) It WILL entertain you for 90 minutes...if nothing else watch how much Karl Urban manages to emote only using his mouth, and B) You will be sending a message to Hollywood studios that you insist that if a story demands a certain level of adult themes and/or imagery, that Hollywood will respect those demands and let the filmmakers create a movie that the characters and story deserves. It's $15...go see it and support the idea that this has potential to be an amazing franchise.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Homeless guy was full of joy

    by Scott Sullivan


  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Dredd is badass, go see it !

    by masteryoda007

    Best surprise of the summer! Urban owns this flick.

  • There is a lot more storyline that was held back from the comics which are promised for a sequel. This film is true to the character of Dredd who more than most characters has a lot of boiling away under the surface. I commend the makers of this film for taking a chance on holding those further aspects of the character back for potential sequels, but it would be the biggest tragedy if we don't get to see this franchise reach its potential onscreen. Dredd has a vast and rich mythology. I'm going to see this film again and urge others out there not to let your unfamiliarity of Dredds world discourage you from supporting a franchise which is trying to serve the source material, in a slow burn kind of way. Remember Dredd started out with a huge disadvantage in the form of Character Assassination by the '95 film and a small $45 million budget where it actually needed a $200 million as well as greater marketing resources. Why anyone would not want a quality product like this as opposed to endlessly mind numbing teen angst pseudo horror Jennifer Lawrence movies is beyond my comprehension. In this kind of movie going atmosphere a film like Terminator or Alien could have never happened. The same films which are now considered the pillars of genre film making. Please children, think..... THINK!

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Seriously, get off your arses....

    by Kingoftheprawnmen

    ....and give Dredd a go, it really is a true comic adaptation, the kind that doesn't come around very often and should be applauded for its bravery in taking the source material and sticking to its brutality, blood thirst and ideologies that made the comic such a interesting, cool and poignant series. If this fails horribly as its looking, it gives little hope for more harder edged adaptations of some of the other material that is out there that all comic book fans would like to see. This is a small, some would argue independent film that put it balls on the line and for that alone should be respected. Apart from that, it is a very good, violent, entertaining movie that really does deliver on many levels.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I'd get F'ed in the A by Kristen Stewart......

    by john

    Strapon's ftw.

  • or did I miss that?

  • Judges being bought off with cash like regular cops for a start was wrong. These guys are like a fascist regime, they run a traditionalistic state and are trained for 15 years to be solid machines of pure Justice. A judge going bad is rare as hell, FOUR in one area at the same time is just a big fat NO! The entire presentation of the justice establishment was non existent, no council of justice no chief judge, no nothing. Worse of all was the city, it was mostly just the same townships of South Africa where they filmed it and any city USA with a few extra tall buildings. Stallone's version although a shit film was more faithful to the comic in all the above aspects. The violence was just too graphic and gratuitous, the comic is nothing like that, its violent, yes; but it's not extreme and brutal the way they depicted it. Anderson too was completely wrong, she was never his rookie nor is she a special case. The Judges in the comics have a complete division of PSi Judges who are the psychic's of the justice system and Anderson was already a fully experienced Judge when he met her. All this movie had right was Karl Urbans performance as Dredd, he was damn good but he lacks the build and the all important chin. I'd give him 8/10 for his portrayal though. Way more accurate than Stallone's effort!

  • It's not getting the push it deserves.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    The story "The Pit" has judges being paid off....

    by john

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Where's the official review??

    by BeMoreFunny

    I was really disappointed in AICN's lack of coverage of this great movie. It's exactly the type of movie that could've and should've been helped by this site. Every critic on this site should've reviewed it...instead, zero did. There should've been interviews with the director, writer, and actors...instead there was nothing. Great job, lazy idiots.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Ten reasons why Dredd worked for me (spoilers)

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    1. It's not Dredd's origin story, it's Anderson's. I like that when she probes his mind we never "see" what she saw, it's left as a bit of a mystery. And I liked when he got uncomfortable about it. 2. Helmet not taken off. Probably my favorite aspect of the film. God bless Urban for being true to the character and not giving in to vanity in this early stage of his career. 3. Great villain. Lena as Ma-Ma is chilling. A truly scary chick. 4. Dredd's costume. It's a more realistic version of the comic's design. More functional. More Road Warriorish. Helmet looks like it's been scratched and dented a la Boba Fett. 5. Dredd acts like a cop. He is concerned for civilians just as much as he is concerned about taking out the scumbags. 6. Good visual effects that set up the world nicely. Yes, in the comic, Mega City is way more futuristic looking, but I can forgive them for trying to work within a small budget. An explanation might be that the car factories stopped production of "new" vehicles after the nuclear war and society had to repurpose and restore older vehicles (cars of today) to get around in? 7. No love story! Thank God he doesn't shack up with Anderson at the end. But you can see he respects her as a cop. 8. The simplicity of the story. I for one am glad they kept it simple echoing back to films like Die Hard. I loved Dark Knight Rises but was exhausted at the end of my first viewing of it. It was just too much to take in. Had a better time with it the second time. Back to Dredd — LEAVE CURSED EARTH STORY FOR A FUTURE INSTALLMENT. 9. They didn't make it comical. There are a couple of fun lines that Dredd says but it's pretty much a serious film. Stallone's had too much comedy (Rob Schneider, I'm looking at you) and I could never quite take any of it seriously. In Dredd 3D, you feel claustrophobic and terrified to be stuck in that building. 10. The VIOLENCE! Fuck yes! It is one violent, blood splattering work of art. The slomo was cool too. It's nice that they incorporated a visual effect with an element of the story. Reminds me of how The Matrix did the same kind of thing with bullet time. Anyway, I really dug the hell out of it. I hope more people will go see it so we can get more films.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    It really isn't that violent...

    by dj_bollocks

    If you did think that then best not watch any Saw or Hostel movies... they might keep you up at night.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Glad to see others liked it, too...

    by Mr. Waturi

    I've been pretty vocal about this movie since seeing it Friday. Had been surprised about the general lack of enthusiasm for this movie on this website. While it's not perfect, I think it's easily one of the top 5 comic book movies ever made.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    Was that Olivia Thirlby bent over naked

    by Mace Tofu

    or was that a body double in the film? Guess I'll have to watch it again to see for sure : )

  • I think Dredd is at 77% on rottentomatoes which is really good. The problem isn't bad word of mouth, the problem is no word of mouth. No one showed up to see Dredd. Their loss.

  • ...side note...also watched RAIDERS on fake IMAX. What can I THAT is a classic....DREDD doesn't live up to those standards....but it sure was a fun sci-fi/action flick.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Dredd 3D was balls awesome!!!!!

    by pj


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  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Everyone in the theater loved it, took them all by surprise I think

    by JackSlater4

    Bitches loved it too.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Seriously, ceejaynightwing? Go read some Dredd comics.

    by Mark Taylor

    Corrupt judges are one of the most common themes in the comics. Over the years Dredd has taken on more corrupt judges than I can count, starting with his own 'clone brother' Rico. The corruption is often depicted as reaching the top levels of Justice department. We've had corrupt Chief Judges, corrupt members of the Council of Five, corrupt heads of the SJS with whole squads of corrupt followers, corrupt vigilante assasination squads operating within Justice Department, as well as stacks of corrupt Street Judges working both independently and in pairs or larger groups. Any iteration of corruption that can be imagined has been depicted in Judge Dredd comics. There's even a whole collection coming out based on the theme and titled 'When Judges go Bad'. It'll have so much material to draw on that hopefully they'll choose only the best of these stories.

  • Even with the positive reviews, I was really surprised at just how much it kicked ass (and I've seen "The Raid," which I thought was repetitive and boring.) I didn't think it was perfect, but fuck if it wasn't cool. Just the final death alone is worth the price of admission.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Embarrassed by America's disinterest...

    by BiggusDickus

    Never mind, kids. Your next PG-13 'Spider-Man' reboot will be along soon. Pathetic.

  • Saw Dredd this past weekend. If this is the bar for R-rated action, I'll pass. Paul Verhoeven Pete Travis aint, that's for damn sure.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Violence does not a good movie make.....

    by john

    and that's all Dredd had going for it - in all its limited, budget-constrained glory...

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    renetabard....Couldn't agree less. SPOILERS

    by Quake II

    I'm sorry the violence is all you saw in Dredd. I personally loved the costuming, the tech, the characters (Ma-Ma was a great villian), the music, the subtle dark humor (bum smashed under the door, Dredd standing in front of the flag after nearly beating a man to death, "Call 911", Lawgiver explosion, Dredd's subtle "Yeah" after dispatching Ma-Man etc), the action and the Slo-Mo effects. There is so much more to the movie than "violence". Tell me The Avengers was any deeper than Dredd and I'll call bullshit. Both are fun popcorn movies but one is for kiddies and the other is for adults.

  • Yes, a violent, R-rated movie is for adults. That doesn't mean its better. At least The Avengers has humor, spectacle and ambition. It may not be intellectually stimulating but neither is Dredd and I'd take the fun of Avengers over Dredd's "adultness" any day. Or I'll take a movie like Dark Knight Rises - one that is an ambitious spectacle movie that still tries to tell a real story and deal with real human emotions. Gratuitous violence may be R-rated and "for adults" but there's something incredibly childish about this kind of hard violence in general. Again, I'd take the childishness of a green dude beating on aliens than I would the childishness of a plotless video game movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    go see it

    by simonnumbernine

    if youve ever wanted to see a man get punched in the neck so hard,his throat collapses,go see this

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    No Corrupt Judges?

    by bill

    Then you've not read enough if the comics. This is what the SJS was for (who in turn became corrupt), and what about Rico? A one way ticket to Titan. Or Chief Judge Sinfield? Hell, Mega City 2 (LA) was so corrupt, honest Judges were the criminals.

  • At least it made No.1 in the UK Charts. Residents in the US are morons. Enjoy your god damn twilight. You deserve it.

  • i mean seriously WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU LOT??!!? are you genre fans or what? this fucking movie rocked and you cunts are what? holding off for a Twilight reboot?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    A fantastic film that deserves your dollars. And a warning.

    by Judge Anderson's kinky boots

    You tell 'em Kidd! I fear that if this film fails the era of challenging and quality adult genre filmmaking could be at an end, and all we can look forward to is vapid, juvenile crud like those Twilight and Transformers movies. Go see Dredd people, it's a future cult masterpiece that deserves your money.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST


    by Judge Anderson's kinky boots

    Oh and if you want shallow depictions of violence that is morally irresponsible, go see Expendables 2. Dredd is not that kind of film thankfully.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    No one's complaining it was too violent.....

    by john

    At least I wasnt. I was complaining that the violence was uninspired and just nihilistic for the sake of being so. Not a single ounce of fun to the entire movie. If you liked it, more power to you - but its not simply a matter of "people who didn't like it, didn't like it because it was too violent and therefore are pussies!"

  • It's a film for a niche market, no matter how well it does. R-rated blockbusters/genre movies haven't been the norm since the mid-90s. Dredd making a few extra coins wasn't going to change that. Hell, it wasn't even released in a time where the studio expected its box office to matter. Perhaps it not completely bombing might mean it won't be used as an example when some schmo filmmaker wants to give us an R-rated Madman or whatever down the line and the studio says no. But studios will always give us the exceptions: 300, Watchmen, this, Punisher War Zone, Expendables, Sin City, etc. They will be few and far in between but they were never meant to take the place of other PG-13 movies on the studios scale ie: there could be ten hit Dredd movies and we'd still get ten Transformers, Twilight and Snow White movies as the norm.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    We should be HAPPY we have this DREDD!

    by Darren

    And i feel sure we're gettin sequels...anyone who disses upon this movie, i will go up to four upon!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Better than the hype

    by Strange Tea

    I think its something quite special. A darkly funny, gritty little genre gem. Satire and depth are hinted at throughout the story. I wrote a long winded review here:

  • I agree that Dark Knight Rises is a deeper, more thought-provoking film than either The Avengers or Dredd, that's why I didn't use it as an example. But I did find humor and some very intense kick ass actions scenes in Dredd and found The Avengers to be somewhat forgettable. Avengers seemed very paint-by-numbers to me. I did like it, but it really didn't bring anything new to the superhero genre (other than literally BRINGING them together). In fact, I only saw it once and I went back to The Dark Knight Rises 4 times. But Dredd isn't for everyone and that's fine. It's definately NOT a mass appeal film and falls more into the cult film status.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    So people who didn't like this movie are Twilight fans?

    by Jared Syn

    Good logic there.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    And there was a belly wheel in Dredd. How can you not love that?

    by Quake II

    The dead fat guy in the mall while the announcer states "The food court will reopen in 30 minutes" had a belly wheel next to him! No humor in Dredd? I disagree. :-D

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    We have our marching order

    by darklament

    I have been spreading the word. GO SEE DREDD! I am seeing it again this week. More money in the coffers.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Strange Tea- Great review.

    by Mr. Waturi

    Very insightful. Thanks for posting the link. I completely agree with your praise of the ending. Also think it had some minor pacing issues, but overall it was obviously a labor of love and a true work of art.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    mr. waturi

    by Strange Tea

    Glad you liked it. Dredd really stayed with me. This is exactly the sort of film we need right now! Shame it's dying a death though... Are we doomed to PG 13 remakes now?