Dredd, directed by Peter Travis and starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, and Wood Harris is a gritty, action-packed, gun-blasting movie that both comic fans and mass audiences will equally enjoy!
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.
Based on a 2000 AD comic strip, Dredd is a law enforcer who's also your judge, jury, and executioner. Badasses that criminals do NOT want to mess with. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where the world has turned into a wasteland and gangs are taking over the city, these elite law enforcers are the city's only hope to bringing the balance of justice to the chaotic population. Sylvester Stallone starred in the 1995 film adaptation of this character but it should be known the current version is a new take on the pulp sci-fi classic.
Karl Urban had the tough job of acting this role which requires never showing his face from the lips up. I had no idea how essential lip acting could be, but there you go, lip acting! Not only is the man a dream boat, beef cake of hunky love but he delivers an incredible performance as the badass judge whose reputation is known far and wide. He's dark and heartless and shamleslessly wonderful all at the same time. I wanted to kiss those pouty lips at every turn!
Paired up with a rookie cop, who's probably really wishing she called in sick that day, Dredd and his partner set out to solve a blatant murder in a gang-infested apartment structure. Similar to the recent Indonesian film, The Raid, our pair of cops are trapped and cornered by a crazy lady with a really bad hair cut. I for one was terrified of the gal after just a glance, she may want to seek out a new barber.
In addition, a hot new drug is out on the street called Slo Motion which gives the user a feeling as if everything is moving at an extremely decelerated rate. Had I known there was a market for this I would have bottled my signature slow motion running years ago! Dang! [Drugs are bad, just say no.]
Overall Dredd makes no apologies for being what it is: a bloodbath, bang-bang, shoot'em up! If you're on the squeamish side proceed with caution. BUT if you love action and don't need a story that's littered with CGI ribbons and bells then get out and see this one!
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