Director: Pete Travis
Writers: Carlos Ezquerra (characters), Alex Garland (screenplay)
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey
Dredd 3D is an action movie based on the comic of the same name. It’s had a mixed reception but our man, Adrian Bloxham, bloody loved it.
Dredd is the law. After decades of dishing out justice in his inimitable nazi kneepadded way, a failed Hollywood blockbuster that was so far off the target anyone involved should have got fifteen in an iso cube, numerous books, graphic novels and all those comics…..we have a film. Dredd 3D. And you know what…. itâs brilliant. Full stop. Brilliant. No, the Lawmasters (motorcycles) might not look like the comic and the city is less modern and more old city added to, but to be honest, who cares. Karl Urban gets it, heâs either read a pile of the comics or the director has.
Itâs written by Alex Garland of âthe Beachâ fame. The script is simple and to the point. You know whatâs going on and it rocks.
Dredd is portrayed as a solitary character. His dialogue is very sparce and the one liners usually preceeding some of the violence is why this film has been given an 18 cert in the uk.
For those of you that donât know the basis of the story. America is a radioactive desert, all the people live in Mega Cities that spread down the country, urban concrete nightmares, Justice is meted out by the Judges, who apprehend, question and sentence criminals all at the same time. Dredd is investigating a triple homicide in a giant city block called Peach Trees mega block and arrests a front runner in the local drug gang. All he and his rookie need to do is escort the perp to interrogation. What could possibly go wrong?
It is only available to see in 3D, something Iâve been quite happy to avoid until now. In this instance it certainly adds to the film. Itâs claustrophobic, dark and extremely violent. It is Judge Dredd through and through. I bloody loved it.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. You can read more from Adrian on LTW here.