FOR - Gloriously uncomplicated, gripping tale told with ruthless authority.
AGAINST - Graphic violence simply NEVER lets up.
SUM UP - Best remake in a generation, finally worthy of the original spirt.
Assumimg most of us are familiar with the charactarisation, lets fast foward to how this sets up.
Essentially this is Denzels' training day formula retold in MEGA CITY 1 with Karl Urban using ROBOCOP Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988
] (80's) as his template for the bitten Judge mentor. Thirlby is alongside as his soberly contemplative rookie. Reluctantly tied together for a day they are presented as opposition to Ma-Ma the merciless as manifested by Lena Headey.
There is a refelection of the 70's ASSAULT ON PRECINT 13 Assault On Precinct 13 [DVD
]with its setup of law enforcement officers trying to escape from "their own" turf.
IS IT WORTH WATCHING? ABSOLUTELY!
The visuals are "dark" and dystopian, captured vividly with plenty of lens flare and for once appropriate use of slo-mo (SIC).
The acting is faithful to the genre and the concept and easily up to the mark by all.
Apart from DREDD's own weapon the tech is familiar and restrained and largely takes a back seat, but cirtically means this will date slowly.
This is an all-out action movie for those who like their action hardened rather than accessible. No-one should be under any illusions of compromising accuracy for the sake of taste. Nothing is spared to the immagination although the relentless energy of the movie can become wearisome (there is only so much shooting you can take......surely?). The pacing is otherwise perfect with little wasted fat along the fairly straightforward journey.
Credit is deserved for the simplicity of a film that remains gripping simply because of the desire to see how it finally connects to the innevitable conclusion. It delivers leaving few (relevant) plotholes. Start to finish we never deviate from the obvious in a movie that avoids the trap of being "clever" in its use of reveals and subplots. It gets straight to the point from the off and stays focused with scalpel-like accuracy throughout.
WHAT ABOUT US FANS?
I believe this will finally appease those comic book fans still dissapointed by STALLONE'S Judge Dredd [DVD] [1995
DO YOU BUY OR RENT OR FREEVIEW?
DREDD has Huge replay potential and definately worth a place in your permanent collection.
Looks like a future, uncomfortably close to the present - but then we are now well past 2000AD.