Nailbiter111 Reviews: DREDD
Does the movie deserve the praise that many critics have bestowed upon it, or is there a good reason that moviegoers aren't flocking to see it? Hit the jump to hear my audio review of Pete Travis and Alex Garland's Dredd 3D.
Dredd is neither great, nor is it bad. I would consider it slightly above average with most of the memorable scenes belonging to Olivia Thirlby's Judge Anderson. She gives a stand out performance, every scene that has her as the focal point is sensational. Karl Urban is no slouch either, he looks and acts the part perfectly. His enthusiasm for the role definitely elevates the mostly mediocre action sequences. The movie suffers from forgettable villains, a thin plot, and an absolute absence of satire. For my full review listen to the audio clip below. Spoilers will be discussed!
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The film opens in 3D September 21st.
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