Dredd 3D (2012)
Gory, sexy, adult, and dare I say brave? Dredd 3D was one of the most impressive 3D experiences I’ve had since James Cameron’s Avatar and it was absolutely amazing. No gore, ridiculous angles, or opportunities were spared. Seeing a 3D bullet fly through someone’s face in slow motion as the blurry background scrolled in full parallax goodness was like having a graphic novel come to life before my very eyes; you will want to keep the children at home for Dredd.
Dredd 3D worked, it worked so well… and how could it fail when you have hot ass Lena Headey as Ma-Ma showcasing her tattoos for the first time (as far as I know); very cool ink indeed. You have Wood Harris as a drug lord (a role he has mastered) and Karl Urban as the badass Judge.
You know what it is? It’s the fact that the filmmakers didn’t give a shit (outside of the meticulously good 3D). It was like a graphic novel with no attempts to hold back the cheese and it worked! I want to chalk it up to The Avengers showing studios that normalizing comic book craziness was not necessary to pull in dollars, but the studios are finally getting it right!
Karl Urban is one of the real tough guy actors in Hollywood today, having played some of the most badass roles not limited to John Grimm from Doom, Eomer in the Lord of The Rings trilogy, and Ghost in Pathfinder. The man continues his legacy of badassery in the role of Judge Dredd where he plays the comic book character that he grew up reading. His co-star Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) was memorable, solid in her role and blazing hot.
The only thing negative I have to say about Dredd 3D was the fact that it had absolutely no story… but I’d be lying if I said it hurt the overall package in any way. Action fans who saw The Raid: Redemption will see many familiar things with Dredd 3D as the premise is exactly the same… one badass taking on a gigantic tower of bad guys. But what Dredd 3D gives you instead of the martial arts goodness in The Raid: Redemption is some wonderful camera-work, special effects, and The Judgement.
You need to see Judge Dredd in theaters folks, and you need to see it soon. If you have a chance to experience it in DBox then I would encourage you to do it (if you can afford it). I saw this movie at a MUVICO theater in high-def 3D with DBox seats and to say my mind was blown would be an understatement.