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Now this was a cinematic experience of a comic book adaptation was well worth seeing.
Before this point the only cinematic attempt at doing a Judge Dredd movie was the 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie. And that movie was a product of its time it didn't take itself seriously whatsoever but at the same time I think that movie could have improved its chances of being more credible by actually taking the source material a little more seriously and respectfully that's not to say it was a terrible movie but it's one of those movies their it's so bad it's good which in some weird way is like an oxymoron but at the same time if you enjoy it then it did it's job properly.
Now some 17 years later which in all honesty I think actually did this movie a lot of favours by having as much distance from the Stallone movie as it possibly could because that movie would be out of people's consciousness and would be able to go into a new adaptation of the character with a clean slate new approach and a match grittier and hardened Direction.
Karl Urban. He came in from the beginning with a very specific mindset as to how this movie should be made and how the characters should be portrayed to the point where he was offered the role and the thing that I love so much about this movie is that the helmet never came off once because those that know their Judge Dredd comic even when his helmet had been removed you never saw his face and that is the way it should be. And rather time rather than go for the predictable and generic and beyond irritating approach of using the Christian Bale Bat-gravel voice that he had done for Batman for so many years instead Karl opted for something that was much closer to the lines of Clint Eastwood from his Dirty Harry days where the voice is low very subtle and Urban made the point of saying that dread voice would sound like a buzzsaw. Very grizzled, very rough, low and subtle. Particularly when he offers this line " mamas not the law - I am the law". The signature line that most people know of the character and he just says it as quiet and as nonchalant as possible. But I think that is the point actions speak louder than words and those who are quieter tend to be more of a tough guy.
Olivia Thirlby who plays judge Anderson although she doesn't say a lot in this movie she does have a pivotal role as a rookie judge in training and is very crucial to dread because of the fact that Anderson is a mutant that is able to read minds and aged red in ways that he would not be able to survive without the advent of her assistance.
The look and tone of this movie is very realistic and very post-apocalyptic where surviving nations of the world are merged into these megacities are there very overcrowded polluted dirty and well let's just say you wouldn't want to live there - ever!
The 3D does it's job particularly when violence seems come into the equation, and for the context of this review I'm just going to go out on a limb and say you're better off seeing it because sometimes describing it can put mental images into your head and as I stated earlier actions speak louder than words and they do.
It is disappointing to know that this movie sadly tanked at the box office yeah it was one of the better produced movies of 2012. What is David Hasselhoff once said when you have a limited budget you work on the story more and that is what the makers of this movie did they worked on the story more because when you only have a budget of 30 million dollars - 45 million dollars then you don't have a lot of creative freedom to be able to do the movie you would like to do so therefore you have to work around the limitations.
Fans have been asking for years whether a sequel of this will ever be produced and I sincerely hope there is one produce because this is a story that needs to continue and is more than worth continuing especially if Karl Urban is still involved.
All in all Dredd get a solid recommendation from this Knight
Dredd is available from Amazon
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