This new Dredd is so completely different in every way, but I still can't help comparing it to the original, seeing Stallone loudly proclaim in his trademark way: "I am the law!" The new Judge Dredd movie is dark, gritty, serious and ultra-violent...and that's just the way I like it! The original was very campy with an original, science-fiction feel. This new Dredd reflects more of the violence in our own society by presenting the idea that we are not too far away from this future. In this post-apocalyptic world, the modern concepts of law and justice have gotten so out of hand that the only way society can enforce the law is go to extreme levels by having police officers that can dispense justice by any means necessary.
Judge Dredd, played by Karl Urban, is cold, calculating and very good at his job! When he is teamed up with rookie-Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) it seems like it's going to be another typical veteran/rookie cop team-up but with one distinct difference, cadet Anderson is a mutant and psychic. Her talents will soon come in handy when Dredd and Anderson respond to a triple-homicide in the Mega Block known as "Peach Tree", a huge, 200-story tenement/slum that has been taken over by a gang of criminals who have been manufacturing and selling a new drug known as "Slow-Mo" (which looks an awful lot like an asthma inhaler?). Led by a scarred, ex-hooker, known as 'Ma-Ma' (Lena Headey), the gang take complete control of the building and declare war on the two Judges. Now Judge Dredd and Anderson must survive as they make their way to Ma-Ma and end her reign of terror!
|Karl Urban as Dredd|
The character of Judge Dredd is portrayed as very cold and unemotional, very much like the original comic book character.With his gruff Batman-esque voice Karl Urban, who is a popular character actor (who got his big break playing Eomer in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and as the new Dr. 'Bones' McCoy in the new Star Trek movie franchise) acts very much like RoboCop which coincidentally is also being remade, set to be released in 2013. The biggest difference in the old and new Dredd movies is the fact that in the new one, Judge Dredd never shows his face. Just as originally intended by comic book writer and co-creator John Wagner, who said "It sums up the facelessness of justice − justice has no soul. So it isn't necessary for readers to see Dredd's face, and I don't want you to." With that, this Judge Dredd seems more true to it's source material which is always an important aspect to any comic book adaptation (i.e. Marvel's The Avengers).
|Olivia Thirlby as Anderson|