I went for Dredd with quite a lot of hopes. But frankly the movie didn’t live up to my expectations. With a good cast and quite stunning visual effects in the trailers, Dredd 3D looked like a promising movie.
In the future,in a overpopulated wasteland, the society is under martial law, where police act as judge, jury and executioner. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and a training-day rookie (Olivia Thirlby) become trapped within a crime-ridden high-rise and are forced to fight their way out.
The movie took inspiration atleast in the way it is made from District B13, Robocop and even Raid Dedemption, but for me the movie couldn’t create that kind of impact as was expected. Directed by Pete Travis, “Dredd 3D” becomes boring after a point of time. Screenwriter Alex Garland I think tried to stay close to the comic book but then couldn’t re-create the comic book fun on screen. The movie looked bleak. The Slo-Mo was good but then I still feel the movie was deprived of violence too. Dredd’s” cinematography is one of its strongest assets of the film. Compared to the older version, this Dredd, is a lot darker and has more respect to the source material but the plot still looked weak. The visuals in this film are perhaps the most stand out feature – from the very first chase scene where slo-mo is used down to the last, grisly one, this film is a feast for the eyes,
Karl Urban lives it up to the character of Judge Dredd, though I feel his tone was more Clint Eastwood-ish. Olivia Thirlby plays her role pretty well as Dredd’s rookie sidekick. Lena Heady as Ma-Ma is also okay.
Overall, Dredd is a great popcorn movie, although it could have been a better. Karl Urban dominates the role of Dredd, giving a cross between Clint Eastwood and Robocop. The movie will not disappoint the fans of the comics and will satisfy the die-hard fans. Cinematography is good and effects are nice. Dredd isn’t perfect. It drags in several places to focus too much on character development.
Rating- 3 Out of 5