Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dredd 3D

Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey

A seventeen years (17) hiatus since we last saw Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone), so it is a welcome return to the Judge and all the more so, since this is quite a good movie. Should be lapped up by fans of the genre although there is nothing new but the storyline is strong, well scripted and good performances throughout. A buddy movie set in a post apocalyptic America. Mega City runs from Boston to Washington DC and is ruled by criminals. The only force of order is the "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Revered throughout is Dredd (played by Karl Urban as a cross between Christian Bale's Batman and Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name). His latest challenged is ridding the city of a new scourge -- a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. Dredd is assigned a rookie called Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), who has powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. The action takes place in the notorious local of a 200 story vertical slum controlled by madam and drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip. A must for all Dredd-heads.

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