Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dredd 3D (2012)

 Director: Pete Travis. Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey. 95 min. Rated R. USA/UK/India. Action/Sci-fi. 

Die Hard meets BladeRunner. In a post-apocalyptic future where mankind lives in a fortified city stretching from Boston to D.C., a government agent who's cop/jury/judge all at once, is trapped in a 200-floor apartment complex, trying to bring down a drug kingpin. Not much of a story, but the action-packed visuals are an experience of a lifetime. Let's just say it's as crucial as Avatar to watch this in 3D. Never thought the Stallone version of Judge Dredd (1995) was as terrible as they said, but if this is what the comic book is all about, wouldn't mind a sequel.

Mo says:


  1. I loved this and the 3D really enhanced the experience. It probably needed a bigger budget but hopefully it will be a big success and spawn a sequel or three!

    I loved the Stallone one as well and never understood the lukewarm reception it received.

    I was a big fan of the comic book and thought this reflected the direction the comic has taken over the last 15 years. It really was Dirty Harry in the future!

  2. If you were a fan of the comic book and believe that this was a true representation, then I'm glad I'm not advertising the wrong product.

    BTW, Toast, check out "Cabin in the Woods". It's right up your alley.

  3. I will try to see it when funds allow...

  4. You owe me $5.99. That's what I spent, nee wasted, on Dredd. What, for the love of Christ, could you have possibly liked about that movie? Die Hard meets Blade Runner? Maybe. I also saw plenty of Robocop, Total Recall and Predator with a splash of X-men, all in a Quintin Tarantino matrix. But how could you handle the insulting internal inconsistencies? "I see her, I shoot; she sees me, she hesitates, then I shoot" becomes "I see her, I hesitate, she shoots." Dredd unaware of the capabilities standard issue judges weapons? These people who clearly assign little to no value to human life per se dragging this criminal (only 99% certainly) around all day, even after he "talks"? They use the whole mutant concept about as well as "Looper" used telekinesis (I was expecting "Mama" to be a mutant in the end, and that bit of predictability would have actually added to this thing, but alas...). That's just a sampling. The only reason I could imagine watching it again would be to make a more comprehensive list! Good god, man. I admit I did not watch it in 3D. But unless it added yet another, er, homage, and had Olivia Thirlby literally come out of the screen soaking wet and give me a blow job, it couldn't possibly save this mutt.

  5. Wow ... I guess you didn't like the movie! This would be a very new experience for me. Remember I said several times this should be watched in a theater? Well, at the time, at least three people I remember saw the movie in a theater when I recommended it, and they loved it. In the case of "good" 3D movies like Avatar, the movie still retained major entertainment value even on the DVD or Blu-ray version at home. But this is the first time I'm seeing a movie has COMPLETELY lost it's value after shifting to 2D. Believe me, when I saw it in the theater, the 3D depictions of the slow-motion drug-induced states, the free falls from the high-rise, the bullet trajectories (through a junky's cheek!) created a trance-like state, which together with the surround sound, really placed you "inside" the scene. It was one of those movies where the 3D events were not just a gimmick; they were a decent part of the story. The grim opening scenes very much reminded me of BladeRunner's production design (almost ripped off from it) and the story of a one-man-army cop trapped in a skyscraper, killing the thugs one by one, wasn't anything but the first Die Hard movie. I'm really surprised how bad this turned out for you. Maybe I should post a warning on my FB page.