Dredd 3D

00:00 October 09, 2012
By: David Vicari

This is the second attempt to adapt the "Judge Dredd" comic book into a movie. The first time was the 1995 Sylvester Stallone vehicle that was elaborate but didn't work due to slack direction and lack of energy. This new version is modest fun. It's a violent future and and cops known as "Judges" are judge, jury and executioners at a moment's notice. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), along with trainee and powerful psychic Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), is called to a 200 story slum condo controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her vicious band of thugs. Eventually trapped in the building, Dredd and Anderson have no option but to shoot their way out. The plot here is similar to the 2011 Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption, a movie that I hated. So, why is Dredd better? Well, its logic is more sound despite the psychic Anderson sometimes not knowing what is coming, and the movie doesn't have the structure of a simplistic video game. The cat and mouse chase within a confined space is exciting and the characters, while not deep, aren't entirely paper thin. was actually shot in 3D and not a conversion job, but as my life's schedule would have it I saw it only in 2D, so I can't tell you how good the 3D was. What I can tell you is that the movie is visually creative and probably does look cool in 3D. I can also say that it plays just fine without it.

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