Starring Karl Urban, “Dredd” is a lean, muscular, unapologetically violent thriller based on the popular ‘2000AD’ comic character. Stripping away the excess of the previous Sylvester Stallone film, “Dredd” takes us to a grittier Mega City One, as Dredd is evaluating rookie Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). When they are called to the picturesque in name only Peach Trees tower block to investigate a murder, they find themselves locked in and facing the ruthless drug baron Ma-Ma (“Game Of Thrones”‘ Lena Headey) who will stop at nothing to preserve her production line of the perception altering drug Slo-Mo.
Bloody, brutal and deadly serious – although there are flashes of pitch black humour – this is a film that pleased and appeased long-time fans of Dredd but struggled to achieve the mainstream success it deserved at the cinema. Urban is perfect as Dredd and this time, fanboys, the helmet stays firmly on. The 3D is deployed expertly by director Pete Travis and only used to enhance the story, particularly in the scenes where we experience the effects Slo-Mo can have. Alex Garland’s taut screenplay expertly builds the tension and keeps the action feeling epic despite the self-contained nature of the setting.
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time to correct that error of judgement.
Today is the 2014 #DayOfDredd, continuing the push to get the studio to greenlight a sequel to 2012’s “Dredd”. Fans everywhere are encouraged to buy it, download it (legally!) and spread the word using the hashtag #DayOfDredd to show that there’s a real market out there for a sequel. The fan campaign has the blessing of star Karl Urban and you can learn more at the Campaign’s Facebook page.
To do my bit, What The Craggus Saw has bought 3 shiny new copies of the 3D BluRay of “Dredd” to give away. All you need to do is go to the What The Craggus Saw Facebook page and LIKE AND SHARE the Dredd Competition post. Three names will then be drawn at random and each will win a copy of the BluRay delivered straight to their door by 1st Class Post (UK Readers Only, Sorry). Good luck!