In My Humble Opinion: Dredd, starring Karl Urban was a violent, gritty adaptation that captured the essence of the comic book character. As always, I will be up front and honest and say that I didn’t read much Judge Dredd, but was turned onto the character by the god awful movie starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie was horrible, but the concept was intriguing. Thank goodness my good friend Travis Becker was a Judge Dredd fan and assured me that the movie was so far off the mark it wasn’t funny. This led to many conversations between the two of us and lots of research online with regards to the character.
Once the movie Dredd was announced I was pretty stoked to see what it would be all about. When I first I heard the movie would predominantly take place in one building, a la Die Hard, I was a little disheartened. I wasn’t sure how the movie would be able to keep the suspense going all while taking place in one building. Then of course I remembered that the buildings in Mega City One were referred to as “blocks” and were immense structures spanning an entire city block…not to mention 200 stories high. First viewing I was somewhat split, but upon watching it a second time I really gained an appreciation for it. Karl Urban seemed to have Dredd down to a T, not to mention he had this perfect chin quality that allowed him to fill the characters helmet perfectly lol. Another performance you need to be on the look out for is Ma-Ma played by Lena Headey. If you think she’s bad ass in HBO’s Game of Thrones, you’ll be blown away by her performance in this movie.
The movie was violent sure, but it also had some great cinematic scenes (Ma-Ma being forced to inhale the drug Slo-Mo towards the end of the film springs to mind) The film unfortunately wasn’t a strong performer at the box office, but has found an audience on Home Video and is now being labeled a “cult film.” Despite the underwhelming box office results, Dredd received very favorable reviews and currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Talks of a sequel have been going on since the films release in Sept. 2012 but no final decision has been made as of yet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the word of mouth and strong following the film has received since being released on DVD / Home Video will garner another installment. If for anything else, because Karl Urban’s chin is just too perfect to be denied another outing as Judge Dredd!
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