Dredd Movie Review

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

The Good:

  • 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 Bad:

  • 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.

Grade: 7/10


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.

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5 thoughts on “Dredd Movie Review

  1. I’ve not seen the Raid so I won’t comment on the similarities between the two. I do love this film though. In addition to your points I’d lie to say the fels of the film is impressive and soundtrack is amazing.

  2. I am a great fan of Dredd and prefer this filmed version to the other, as it’s closer to the graphic book ideals. I agree it suffers by comparison to The Raid, but the acting in this is superior, surely? These are minor quibbles with a fine review!

  3. There’s an awesome-looking style to it that makes the action kick that much more ass, but in terms of action, I felt like they were missing something. Still, it’s a whole lot of fun. Nice review.

  4. Although I enjoyed Judge Dredd (1995) much more, Dredd was impressive. Much more violent than the original, yet it makes a good recipe for action night dinner.

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