I’ll be the first to tell you that I was so wrong about this film, honestly, the original Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone was a good action film and honestly I hadn’t even heard of Dredd until then. To its credit, I thank the Sylvester Stallone version for bringing the character to light for me. But you can guess once I read the comics and character I saw how horrible the film was.
Now it’s 2012 and Dredd was coming out, I saw the trailers, we’re in an age of superhero films and reboots of past superheroes that we got in the 90s so my first thought was it’ll be a mindless action film with no heart and likely won’t follow the character and who he is, gonna skip it.
Even know I love Karl Urban, he’s the man; he was amazing in Lord of the Rings, Doom was a bad film but he pulled his part off I think and then Star Trek as Bones. Karl Urban can’t do any wrong but that doesn’t mean I’m going to see every film he does. So when I finally sat down one night and watch it on Netflix, I was damn blow away.
First off I’m aware that it wasn’t 100% close to the comics and I did read how they changed some things, yes the film takes place in one building and inside so you don’t really get to see Megacity 1 like you did in the original film. What I love about the film besides the acting on Urban’s part was the fact he never took his helm off! Damn about time someone got that part right.
It always annoyed the living crap out of me when they do superhero films and find every reason under the sun to remove the mask and show the actors face. I found it to be a treat, along with another amazing film V for Vendetta (which I need to review as well).
But while the film I thought had great action, they finally did justice to Dredd in terms of how damn bad ass he is, they did miss a number of marks. First off the villain wasn’t even interesting at all and I chuckled hard when the ending came about. Because I felt the same way. Also the fact the film took place in a building, sort of gave it that closed feeling. This is a reason I didn’t want to see The Purge because it was just all taking place in one small area.
I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of the city, the halls of justice, etc. When films take place pretty much in one place, like a building it does take away the story. Honestly, I think it’s lazy storytelling but it can in some case be done really well, sadly nothing comes to mind.
Overall it was about 50/50 for me in terms of action, acting, story and overall how I liked it. I didn’t care much for the girl who followed Dredd, I’m happy they didn’t make it some dumb love story. Generally a film like this I would either not have watched or given a low rating, but I think that the movie, the story was about Dredd and while they didn’t really do much about his background, it was still bad ass.