Notable Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Don't let those pesky box office 'flop' numbers sway you, "Dredd" is fucking awesome. I will state that I was skeptical about rebooting this franchise initially. I have a weird love of the original film featuring Sly Stallone in the titular role, but with some odd casting choices and very specific focuses to make this film 3D made me hesitate. Don't make my mistake, oh Blood Brethren, you need to immediately scroll to the bottom of this review and purchase your copy of "Dredd" before you even finish reading. No, seriously. Do that. "Dredd" is just so completely kick ass as an action film that you should stop reading right now and buy a copy.
When a series of murders happens at a housing block known as Peach Trees, the policing force is sent to investigate. They just so happen to send Judge Dredd (Urban), a legendary man of intense justice, and his new psychic partner Anderson (Thirlby) to take care of the issues there. What the two Judges discover is that the block is being run by Ma-Ma (Headey) as a cooking and distribution plant for a new drug called Slo-Mo. Now Ma-Ma has the entire building on lock down with no way out. So the Judges take a ballsy root of action to escape...go up to the top 200th floor and confront Ma-Ma for judgement.
|Dredd. A man half in the dark...where he likes it.|
|Hope she saved that bullet for herself.|
|Fire go boom.|
With this second golden age of action in full swing, it's great to know that even films that bomb in the box office can be as great as "Dredd." It's an inspired look at the Dredd story on film as it bites down on the dirty and mean spirit of the character and the world he occupies. The film is just top notch all the way around. A must see, must own, must watch repeatedly kind of film.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
You heard me. Must see, must own, must watch again and again. That means you should have taken my advice in the opening paragraph and already purchased your copy. Here's your second chance. Judgment's coming.