DREDD 3D (2012)

October 5, 2012 at 4:38 am | Posted in Film Review | 4 Comments
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I saw this last night.

Having read the first 1000 issues of 2000AD, I was pleased that Pete Travis (director) and Alex Garland (screenplay) had stayed true to the original comic character. So the audience never sees Dredd’s face – only his jaw; all ably played by Karl Urban.

Dredd and a rookie take on the badest block in Mega City 1. Does Dredd have enough ammunition? – because you know he isn’t going to back down. The rookie – future PSI Judge Anderson, played by Olivia Thirlby – is being assessed confirmation as a full Judge. Being picky: I wished they had given Rookie Anderson a white helmut (as per the comic).

The film did not loose the subtle social commentary that went with the original comic strip at times. Anderson is brutalised by her first taste of street policing – early on Dredd pointed asks if she is ‘ready’. By the end of the film, she is ‘ready’. Her first execution is like a mafioso making their ‘bones’ – she has crossed a line, regardless of Dredd’d final assessment she will never be a normal citizen again.

The film is like High Noon – only Marshall Kane’s (Gary Cooper) wife (Grace Kelly) is not a quaker! and there are 400 “perps” instead of four.

The look and feel of the movie also stays true to the comic: everything is a bit rundown and unkept, the scale of the city dwarfs the citizens, and it is a concrete jungle – with more than its share of predators.

The film is very violent and graphic and gory. Respect the R18 (in New Zealand) rating.

I found the 3D unnecessary The Dark Knight Rises showed that you don’t need 3D gimics to do a dark crime fighting film well.

A must for Judge Dredd fans.

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