DVD Review: Dredd (2012 Reboot)

dredd_2012_reviewIt may be campy and dated by today’s standards, but I actually enjoyed the 1995 version of Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone. So I had my doubts about the darker 2012 reboot. Recently it became available on Netflix (DVD only, not streaming) and I put it at the top of my queue, with a mix of curiosity and trepidation. I was however pleasantly surprised. Even though it is more violent with absolutely no comic relief (ala Rob Schneider in the original), it was still a pretty solid story. Despite what I anticipated, the script is not a reworking of the original film. The story revolved around Dredd and a new rookie Judge he’s evaluating who possesses unique powers. Trapped in a bad section of the city by a powerful drug lord, they have to fight their way out while upholding the LAAAWWW. And on that note, I should mentions that Karl Urban definitely took a page from Stallone’s book in over emphasizing the word LAAAWWW. In step with the current zeitgeist, Dredd is dark, ultra-violent and nihilistic. But it holds its own and is worth an hour and a half of your time.

Rating: 3 1/2 Popcorn’s


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