Judge Dredd is far from the cultural icon many, particularly the devout readers of the 2000AD comic book he stars in, believe he is. Ask the wrong person and you could easily be led to believe he’s a creation on par with Darth Vader or Sherlock Holmes. Step out of the comic bubble and the only trace of him on popular culture is that terrible 1995 Sylvester Stallone version. I can guarantee that when your standard movie goer sees a poster for the new adaptation of the character, they don’t go ‘At long last, a worthy film adaptation of that great icon that we all know and love.’ They’re much more likely to go ‘Who?’
Hopefully that’ll be enough to keep them from the cinema because Dredd is a god awful film. It’s a boring experience that drags, despite the swift 95 minute running time. It doesn’t seem to know who its audience is. On the one hand, it doesn’t appear extremely faithful to its source material – the plot is entirely new and the basic set up aside a lot of the more interesting sounding elements of the Dredd universe aren’t present– but on the other there’s little present to appeal to the regular public.
It may have been met with mostly favourable reviews, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving it an amazing 91% score, but it’s worth noting the average rating is a much lower 6.5/10; most reviews place it just above average.
There is admittedly something refreshing about a British action film that has high ambitions despite its small budget and you can appreciate the toned down plot is a way to accommodate more violence and the added 3D; there will be no comparison to The Raid here. Although there is one recent film that Dredd bares a startling resemblance to, if not in direct plot, but in a stylised nature, with a solitary character and sudden explosions of extreme violence. Dredd is Drive for adolescents.
But just what made Dredd suck so badly? Click next to find out.
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