Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review - Dredd 3D (2012)

Starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.
Directed by Pete Travis.

Dredd 3D is the remake of Danny Cannon's and Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd which was released back in 1995. The movie takes place in a futuristic and overcrowded wasteland of a city, which is terrorized by violence and the cops have the authority to be judge, jury and executioner. So right there and then, you know this film should be pretty violent. There are no houses but high rising mega apartment towers called blocks. Dredd (Karl Urban) teams with up with a rookie Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) to take down suspects of a murder in the Peach Trees block. However, it turned out to be much more than they bargained for.

From start to finish, Dredd 3D kept me engaged and entertained. I had a few "oh wow that's impressive" moments while watching this movie. If you have seen The Raid: Redemption, Dredd 3D sort of follows along the same line, in the sense that much of the movie takes place in a building with an ensuing police vs bad guys battle. What really took me by surprise was the film's impressive and stunning visual effects. The futuristic elements of this film were well done; the settings and even the cool soundtrack really added to this movie. Great cinematography.

Even though I adored the visual and special effects of Dredd 3D, there were moments where I thought it was unnecessary. A few effects in the movie felt like that and even the slo-mo drug experience at times looked a bit odd. But then again, I didn't get the pleasure of seeing this movie in 3D so perhaps it is more fitting in that format. Anyways, the movie delivered its promise on being action-packed, overly violent and BLOODY. Props to Pete Travis on his direction; he got right to the point in this film. Not much back-story which really didn't affect anything, no long sob story but just pure action and entertainment for 95 minutes. The action sequences weren't overdone plus Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby made a badass duo on the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and the film's deadpan humor was also a plus.

So yeah Dredd 3D is a remake that actually worked. It is better than the original film and even though it flopped at the Box Office, it was a success critically and was way better than I expected. I didn't mind watching Karl Urban's chin for the whole duration of the movie and no I didnt mind its slightly predictable storyline. Its visuals, performances and action made up for everything. Nowadays most film remakes fail miserably but Dredd 3D is proof that the movie industry can still make decent ones.

Rating: 8/10

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