Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jurgen Prochnow, Max
von Sydow, Diane Lane, Joanna Miles, Joan Chen
1995, 91 Minutes, Directed by: Danny Cannon
Judge Dredd depicts a futuristic
megalopolis packed with crowded vertical overgrowth and rampant commerce, where
anarchy reigns supreme. Violent "block wars" are fought by lawless citizens with
machine guns, and Judge Dredd (Stallone) is one of the city's heavily armed
policemen, given free rein to judge and execute the perpetrators of violence.
But Dredd himself is subjected to judgment and swift justice when his own gun is
identified in the murder of a prominent TV reporter, forcing him to do whatever
he can to clear his name. —
is a second-choice movie from beginning to end. First they got
Danny Cannon, with only one movie to
his credit namely the Tarrantinoesque Young Americans, to
direct it. Tarantino would have been the obvious choice to bring
the wild and anarchic British comic book to life. Then they got
Stallone to play the lawman of the future while Arnold
Schwarzenegger has been everybody's first choice. For one thing,
Dredd is a huge figure, towering above all the other characters
in the comic books. Stallone, well, ahem. As one wag put it, to
get the effect of Stallone towering over everybody else, they got
hired some of the world's shortest actors - not to mention the
petite Diane Lane to play sidekick Judge Hershey!
film is based on the British cult comic book in which a ruling
elite of fascist law enforcers called Judges rule over an anarchic and
overpopulated Mega City One of the future. Regular readers took
an instant dislike to the movie because the celluloid Dredd does
two things the comic strip Dredd would never have: fall in love
and remove his helmet (his face is never seen in the comics).
Like screenwriter Wiese says it is hard to sustain interest in a
guy whose face remains masked throughout an entire movie - and
he's got a point.
aside, Judge Dredd remains, forgive the pun, dreadful.
made the original comic book series interesting and vibrant has been removed
and all we are left is the motions: some nice
Blade Runner-like scenery and an impressive
chase scene on hover bikes (albeit it pinched from Return of the Jedi).