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This gritty and very violent reboot of the
comic-strip is the thrilling, visceral film Judge Dredd fans were waiting for. Smartly written by long-time Dredd fan Alex Garland (
28 Days Later
), the film embraces the dark heart of the source material in a way that Sylvester Stallone's 1995 take on the character failed to do. The no-nonsense law enforcer (played by Karl Urban, who never removes his helmet) is assigned the job of assessing a rookie (an engaging Olivia Thirlby) with startling psychic powers. They soon find themselves trapped in a 200-storey slum controlled by psychotic hoodlum Lena Headey, from where she and her gang deal a drug called Slo-Mo. For the two judges, the only way is up. The plot similarities to
are unfortunate but this is still spectacular stuff, with plenty of intense action, as Dredd implacably blasts his way through each level of the tower block, and some surprisingly artful slow-motion sequences for the hallucinating effects of the drug. This is brisk and brutal film-making.
An uncompromising law enforcer in a post-apocalyptic city is assigned to train a psychic new recruit. A report of three murders leads them to a tower block dominated by a ruthless drug lord, only for the gangster to seal off the building, forcing them to fight their way out. Sci-fi thriller based on the 2000AD comic-strip, starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey and Olivia Thirlby.
Cast & Crew
Violence, drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
7 Sep 2012
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