Dredd (2011)

Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby
Director: Pete Travis

U.S. Opening Date: TBA 2012


Dredd takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot - if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring Dredd to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip


Sure, Karl Urban is a better choice for the role than Sylvester Stallone and anything will be better than having Rob Schneider as an annoying sidekick. However, we’re not too excited about this reboot.

Why? Because the movie is being filmed in South Africa for a measly $50 million. Sure, they made District 9 for less than that in South Africa, but that movie made effective use of its locations while Dredd is supposed to be set in a bustling megalopolis a few centuries from now. What we’ve seen from leaked set photos it looks rather cheesy as if Dredd is going to drive Nissan pick-up trucks with “Mega City” stickers on them. (A lot of cheesy made-for-DVD movies are made in South Africa such as Scorpion King 2 and Death Race 2.)

It just may be that Dredd’s ambition far outstrips its budget at the end of the day and the character deserves better than a direct-to-DVD effort.





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