- Director:Pete Travis
- Cast:Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Karl Urban
- Release Date:October 25, 2012
- Running time:95 minutes
- Film Worth:$19.00
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Succeeds as both a brilliant comic book adaptation and a thrilling sci-fi action flick.
America is a bleak, blasted wasteland. From the ruins of this once-great empire, Mega City One has risen. This nightmarish urban sprawl has only the Judges to save it from anarchy. These men and women are judge, jury and executioner. The toughest among them is Judge Dredd.
It’s a simple, elegant set up for a comic book character, and it was totally misrepresented in 1995’s howlingly awful Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone. That wrong, however, is now made right with Dredd, in which the eponymous lawman (Karl Urban) is testing out rookie, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a young woman with psychic powers. A routine day on the job takes the two to Peach Trees Block, a 200-storey slum where a new drug, Slow-Mo, is being embraced by the mostly unemployed, bored and violent populace. Its distribution is controlled by ruthless drug lord, Ma-Ma (Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey), and Dredd and Anderson’s routine day soon becomes a fight to the death.
Dredd hits the ground running and never lets up. There is no unnecessary exposition, Dredd only speaks when he needs to, and there isn’t any time to ruminate on the human condition. Karl Urban, who never takes off Dredd’s trademark helmet, gives a stunning, understated performance. Within minutes, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role. He’s backed by an excellent supporting cast, with Thirlby’s Anderson providing a more human representation of Judges, and Headey’s Ma-Ma representing the genuinely terrifying, imaginatively scarred face of crime. Dredd not only succeeds as a brilliantly accurate adaptation of the decades-old comic book character, it’s also an absolutely blistering and exciting dystopian action movie. Brimming with jaw-dropping violence, tension and thrills, this shouldn’t be missed.