Movie Review: DREDD 3D

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The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On the East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. — (C) Lionsgate

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(c) Lionsgate

Dredd 3D is based on a long-running British comic strip, and yes this is a remake of the 1995 film Judge Dredd, which starred Sylvester Stallone.  I was not able to watch the original, but from what I heard from critics and fans, Judge Dredd was campy, lacklustre and a disappointment.  But fans must be delighted that this is THE Dredd movie comic book readers have been anticipating.  Director Peter Travis brought the grim and graphic back, true to the comic book.

The movie is what I would call a straight-up action movie.  It was hard-hitting, and it did hit HARD.  I always love it in most action movies I have seen, when you see all the action scenes in full detail and crafted in a slow-motion fashion, and in Dredd you will get to experience it not just abundantly, but in first-person-view; I was immersed into the scenes of this movie HEAD ON.  The story is so straightforward you won’t need too much of a thought, ideal for any action movie.  Besides, this is not a Nolan film and I think every once in a while I need this kind of adrenaline rush.  If you are thinking that the antagonist Ma-Ma looks like someone familiar, well that’s because she was played by Lena Headey, the same actress who plays the evil Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game Of Thrones.  I must say that she is an amazing actress, someone who plays a different degree of acting in both projects, but still exudes pure evil.

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For all hardcore action fans out there, this one’s for you.  Dredd is brutal and gritty to the bone.  If you want to know what happens when a bullet fires into human flesh, watch the movie, you will definitley see it in Dredd.

4.0 out of 5

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