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This review is from: Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
Easily one of the best sci-fi/action films I've ever seen, definitely the best in a while. Not having read any of the comics, I didn't really have any expectations of the film; I'd only heard about the previous Sylvester Stallone version which was meant to be a complete failure. So like many other viewers I wasn't expecting to be amazed, but definitely was. I've now gone on to read a couple of the comics and can confidently say that there couldn't be a better introduction to the world of Dredd.
It's impossible not to be captivated by the gritty, dystopian reality of Mega City 1. Reminiscent of the setting of Blade Runner or 5th Element, it's a harsh, uncompromising world troubled by overpopulation and crime. The seemingly futile quest of bringing order to this world is taken on by the Judges, a police force with the power to sentence and execute criminals. The film focuses on two of them: Dredd, a seasoned Judge, and Anderson, a rookie on assessment. Their mission is to investigate a homicide in Peach Trees, one of the roughest Megablocks in the city, run by the ex-prostitute drug lord Ma-Ma. Impossibly outnumbered but armed with high-tech weapons and Anderson's psychic abilities, they wander through the maze-like, seemingly endless expanse of Peach Trees. In spite of all they violence they inflict and encounter, the overall effect is dreamlike and almost hypnotic, an effect of the excellent soundtrack and captivating special effects which illustrate the effect of the drug Slo-Mo distributed by Ma-Ma's gang.
I was impressed by Karl Urban's acting, not limited at all by having to keep his face covered by Dredd's helmet. Olivia Thirlby makes Anderson thoroughly sympathetic and worth rooting for as the idealistic but surprisingly resilient rookie.
Overall an unforgettable movie experience - I can only hope there will eventually be a sequel!
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2013 11:22:33 BDT
Great review and totally agree,lean mean and fantastic,Karl Urban great as is the action and the slow-mo scenes add that bit class.The best action film i have seen in years and thank goodness not another watered down,bland 12A certificate film.
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