Movie Title: Dredd 3D
Date Released: September 21st, 2012
Date Seen: October 6th, 2012
Seen with: Ryan
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A hilariously over-acted, predictable, cheesy shit show. Granted, I had a good time, laughing at certain parts, but holy crap some of the scenes were just so over the top stupid. I love the premise, I just think it was executed poorly. It’s like the director and writers couldn’t decide if they wanted a serious film, or a normal comic-book style film that is obviously completely unrealistic. This kind of blended the two in a way that didn’t work so well.
The 3D was nice and some shots were GORGEOUS – mostly do in part to the “slow-mo” drug. People take this drug and it makes it feel like time moves at 1% its normal speed. Apparently, it also makes everything sparkly based on the visuals. I mean, clearly water was sparkly…. and glass… but also bullets, blood, people, guns, floors, ceilings, etc. It was like a Stephanie Meyer novel on steroids with the sparkles everywhere. The slow motion got old for me in the beginning, but then it kind of dies down for an awesome final scene at the end with the slow motion. Soooo idk. It got old, but had a nice scene at the end with it.
The characters were sooooo dramatic…. every single one of them. I would have liked it better if just Dredd was super dramatic (I mean, Karl Urban’s grimace kind of steals the show anyway), and the others were just kind of normal. The villain, Ma-Ma, other than the stupid name (which I’m *hoping* comes from the comic book), was a super bitch, just like I wanted, but kind of stupid. Seriously, had she not seen Lion King and learned from Scar not to play with her food? Apparently not. She also goes through moments of seeming to sort of care about the normal people in her building to just destroying/killing everyone on a whole floor.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
Basically, in the future, everyone lives in this mega city, that has mega-blocks everywhere. They are like towers over a kilometer tall that house residents. The police force are known as Judges. They enact justice and determine sentences on the spot. Dredd (Karl Urban) takes out a new rookie judge, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), and is testing her. They go to “Peach Tree” a megablock run by Ma-ma. They end up being locked in the tower by Ma-ma and hunted down. They end up winning, duh.
Some nice surprises – I spent the entire movie wondering who this one guy who worked for Ma-ma was, actor wise. I finally figured it out, it was Wood Harris, who you will most likely remember from Remember the Titans as Julius… but he’s so much skinnier! He still did great of course. So he was a nice little surprise. And it was fun seeing him as a bad guy.
Another great surprise was the final slow-mo scene. Dredd throws Ma-Ma out a window and she slow-mo falls. There’s about a minute debate in your head as to whether or not you’re going to see her “squish” on the cement or not…. well, you do, and it’s AWESOME. It wasn’t too grotesque more as just bloody…. but it was awesome.
My biggest disappointment was the mutants. I wanted either a better explanation of them 0r none at all. I also wish we had more information about the tech guy (Domhnall Gleeson). He appeared to be a mutant, with how his eyes were strangely dilating and he seemed to have an unnatural connection to technology, and since Anderson identified with him so much… it just seemed obvious that he was a mutant and I wanted more of him or more of an explanation. I loved that character, so I just needed more.
It was ok, pretty to look at, but I just wanted *more* from it. Watch it on Netflix or similar.