If you’ve seen the original Dredd (1995), chances are that you were not particular fond of the movie as a whole. The original was a letdown for the most part, aside from a few enjoyable qualities. Karl Urban takes over for Sylvester Stallone in the remake and attempts erasing those bad memories of the 1995 adaption. Read the full review below.
Directed by: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Lena Headey
Written by: Alex Garland
Music by: Paul Leonard-Morgan
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
“In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.” -IMDB
- Karl Urban: It is very hard/rare to impressive on-screen as an actor when you never really show your face. Think Andy Serkis in Lord of the Rings or Zoe Saldana in Avatar. Unlike in the original Dredd with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Karl Urban never takes off his helmet in the remake. The film and Urban benefit from this because it helps further create his dark, mysterious character. Even though Dredd is essentially faceless (with the exception of his mouth), Urban is able to deliver a stellar performance.
- Pace: Dredd clocks in at a brisk 95 minute runtime which allows the film to move rapidly. With so many movies being produced today that cross the 2 hour mark, it is finally nice to see a movie that a half hour less than most movies. This helps the action flow seamlessly throughout that movie and creates greater tension.
- The Raid Redemption Comparison: This movie could have been a lot better if The Raid did not exist. Although, if The Raid did not exist then Dredd may not have existed. The plot synopses in both films feature law enforcement officers attempting to take down a drug lord through an apartment complex one level at a time. Dredd suffers from this comparison simply because The Raid was a better overall film.
Dredd was highly entertaining despite the similarities to the Indonesian hit, The Raid:
Redemption. The short run-time helps keep the film moving in a compact manner. Karl Urban is able to stay true to the source material and does a solid job of carrying the film with his performance. Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are below.