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We all remember the mess that was the ’95 version of “Judge Dredd” with Stalone. The movie had some interesting ideas, but the execution was very bland and just not good. The comic relief character (Schnieder) felt unneeded and like he was holding Dredd back from being a badass. Let’s not spend too much time on those memories and enjoy the ones we now have with “Dredd”.

In a dystopian future, America quarantines off a large section of the northeast and call it Mega City One. The city is overburdened with crime, drugs and prostitution. To deal with the growing problem the Judges are created to serve as judge, jury and executioners. Hopelessly outnumbered they do the best they can to deliver swift justice. Among the best of them is Judge Dredd, an angry-faced force of nature, whose typical solution for a problem is to shoot it. Assigned to take a rookie on the streets and assess her ability to be a psychic Judge, yup there are mutants in this world, they run into the Ma-Ma clan and quickly go from investigating three murders to trying to stay alive and if at all possible dispense the justice they were sent there for in the first place.

The story of the film is solid; the pacing keeps you in your seat the whole time. “Dredd” is an action movie in the greatest way possible. It adheres to a few simple principles. One. Your hero should be a badass. Two. Shoot things… a lot. Three. Don’t overcomplicate the plot. Four. Shoot things… a lot.

Karl Urban brings a serious intensity to his performance that rocks and he does it without ever showing the top of his face. Olivia Thirlby holds her own as a nervous rookie whose willing to get the job done. Lena Headey plays the scarred up Ma-Ma. An ex-hooker who has carved, ripped and shot her way to one of Mega City One’s leading drug dealers. Her performance is interesting. She barely ever overreacts, but she takes charge and clearly would kill without caring if it served her purpose.

There was a chance that a sequel wouldn’t happen due to poor box office performance, but it seems this one has gone the way of “Austin Powers” and found its legs on DVD/Blue-Ray. Now there are all sorts of buzz that a sequel will be happening. We have our fingers crossed that this happens.

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Credits:
Directed by: Pete Travis
Written by: Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland
Cast: Carl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey


Source of the Bitter: JAS

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