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Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) - the most feared policeman in Mega City One - finds himself on the wrong side of the law when he is framed by those inside the Great Hall of Justice. He must try to clear his name and wipe out the corruption in the city, with the help of a small time criminal, Fergie, and rookie Judge Hershey. Fans of the comic will recognise the Angel Gang, Rico, an ABC Warrior, Chief Judge Silver and others.

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Judge Dredd is one of those movies that doesn't have a brain of its own, so it can only rip off a lot of ingredients from other, better movies. It's a mishmash of Blade Runner, Total Recall, and The Road Warrior, with a dash of Star Wars tossed in for good measure. As if that weren't enough, it's got Sylvester Stallone, who seems to be the only one in the movie who's in on the game and knows it's all a sci-fi scam. Like The Fifth Element a few years later, Judge Dredd depicts a futuristic megalopolis packed with crowded vertical overgrowth and rampant commerce, where anarchy reigns supreme. Violent "block wars" are fought by lawless citizens with machine guns, and Judge Dredd (Stallone) is one of the city's heavily armed policemen, given free rein to judge and execute the perpetrators of violence. But Dredd himself is subjected to judgement and swift justice when his own gun is identified in the murder of a prominent TV reporter, forcing him to do whatever he can to clear his name. Diane Lane plays his partner in crime-fighting and romance, and Rob Schneider provides juvenile comic relief as Dredd's streetwise sidekick. Impressive special effects are on vivid display, and the movie's fun for what it's worth. Lower your expectations and you just might enjoy it. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Matthews on 2 Aug. 2005
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Danny Cannon's Judge Dredd is an entertaining enough sci-fi action flick, but I can't help wincing whenever I watch it. Cannon claims to be a fan of the original comic strip, which suggests that he didn't have a great deal of creative control, because plenty of liberties are taken here.

I would never have expected the makers of the movie to be 100% faithful to the comic, but some of the changes that were made were superficial and pointless, and that's what irritates me. For one thing it's set in the wrong year, the Chief Judge is inexplicably called Chief Justice, Rico is locked up in Aspen rather than Titan, the heroic Chief Judge Griffin is one of the movie's villains, while in the comic both McGruder and Silver were Chief Judges... and Silver was black! And another thing... if Rico is Dredd's clone, shouldn't they be identical??

As a movie it's okay. The dialogue is pretty awful (e.g. "I knew you'd say that"), and the acting is adequate (Stallone is fairly dire and Rob Schneider is exceptionally annoying as Fergie, but Diane Lane does well as Judge Hershey, Armand Assante is deliciously nasty as Rico and Max von Sydow adds some much-needed professionalism to proceedings). The action scenes also just-about pass muster, although the hover-bike chase fails to convince, and the climactic punch-up in the Statue of Liberty is a bit of a damp squib.

In the end though, it's all fairly entertaining nonsense. It's just a shame that when the producers decide to bring Dredd to the big screen, they didn't have the courage to do it properly - as far as I'm concerned not hiring John Wagner or Alan Grant to work on the script was a crime worthy of life in an Iso-Cube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MS SS on 29 May 2015
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This comic book adaptation starring icon Sly Stallone is one of the most famous big screen turkeys ever made but i have to say there is plenty to love including a excellent lead role for Stallone,beautiful imagery and corking action as well as some really nasty bad guys.
The problem was and still is some big plot holes,the infamous removal of the Dredd helmet and some hammy acting from other cast members especially badly cast Rob Schneider and the wasting of veteran actor Max Von Sydow.

In a future world the Earth has gone to hell with most of the planet covered in barren wasteland desert known as The Cursed Earth whilst most people are crammed into mega cities with the biggest Mega City One being a nightmare place to live.Luckily on hand to keep some sort of order are The Judges who act as police,judge,jury and executioner all rolled into one with the baddest of the bunch being Judge Joseph Dredd(superstar Sly Stallone)who along with Judge Hershey(stunning Diane Lane)keeps things in check which includes arresting Herman Ferguson or Fergee as he likes to be known(a badly miscast Rob Schneider)a hacker.
After this though Dredd is arrested for the murder of a reporter who didn't like Dredd but he in fact is framed by former friend turned enemy Rico(excellent creep Armand Assante)who turns out to be Dredd's brother which we learn later in the film and has the same DNA as Dredd so is blamed for the murder and after being found guilty is sent to life imprisonment which means Rico can torment the city in his absence(we learn Dredd arrested Rico for murder)which acts as revenge on Dredd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven Shaddock on 22 April 2015
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I saw this in the cinema in 1995 and, in spite of being a big 2000AD and Judge Dredd fan, I found it really disappointing. From the moment Stallone arrived at the Block War at the very start and slurred "I am the law!" to absolutely no effect, I was left shaking my head, though the set design and art production meant it all looked fantastic.

I re-watched the film more recently on blu ray and enjoyed it far more than 20 years ago, it is a lot of fun, but I was still left disappointed that a great opportunity had been missed. The blu ray is fine quality as you would expect, sharp with good colour saturation.

The good:
- Amazing realization of Mega-City 1. The film really captures the look and feel of an overcrowded futuristic city as they did in Blade Runner, Fifth Element etc and I love the scenes when we fly through the sprawling metropolis and the bustling street scenes. The sets and miniatures beat CGI
- Yes it is derivative, but it steals from decent sources such as Blade Runner, Demolition Man etc
- Loyalty to 2000AD source material with the Angel Gang, Judge Hershey, Rico, ABC Warriors etc featuring.
- Silly, but enjoyable story with some funny lines
- Good supporting acting from Jurgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow and Armand Asante
- Diane Lane is beautiful as always
- Good use of the variety of Lawgiver ammo
- Some good action sequences
- Brief appearance of James Remar
- Great saturated cinematography from the late Adrian Biddle
- Finally, the score by Alan Silvestri (Predator) is absolutely brilliant, with the main theme being one of the best ever.

The bad:
- Stallone. He is just awful as Dredd from the aforementioned slurring of "I am the law!" onwards.
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