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HAVEN'T WE SEEN THIS BEFORE...???,
This review is from: Dredd 3D [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
What do you get if you combined the movies, Raid: Redemption, Punisher: War Zone, The Dark Knight with Raul Julia from, Street Fighter, you get, DREDD!?!
Okay, so I’ve never read the Dredd comics (2000AD) but I have seen lots of the artwork from said comics and know that Dredd is suppose to be a big, brutish, lug of a guy, encased in a suit that he barely fits into (one of the things they got right with Stallone in the original version) but what we get in this incarnation is Karl Urban (of Xena, Doom, Pathfinder) who, although a pretty fit guy, looks like a sickly person wearing an outfit that was meant to be worn by a guy twice his size (thus the Raul Julia refference, as he WAS sick when he was making the movie, Street Fighter, and he looked it, with his overtly large costume threatening to consume him at every turn) not to mention the ill fitting of his iconic helmet and the fact that unlike Peter Weller in Robocop, his mouth and chin just don’t stand out as good from under the helmet, making him look too small for the thing (once again, Stallone looked pretty good in the helmet).
As for the story, if you’ve seen, Raid: Redemption, or the last half of, The Punisher: War Zone, then you’ve basically seen this film; good guys go into a large story, tenement building to get to the bad guy(s) at the top, and have to fight their way through throngs of heavily armed henchmen sent by said bad guy(s) to kill them, and all manner of kayos ensues (heck, the baddies from both War Zone and Dredd have bad facial scars that help to define who they are and why they’re doing some of the bad stuff that they’re doing).
As for the, Dark Knight reference, it’s in regards to the fact that the futuristic cities in both, look more like the downtown of most major metropolitan city, just with a few taller CGI created buildings seen in the distance (another thing the Stallone movie got right, as the comics show Mega City 1, as this multi-teared, Vegas like basterdization, with massive buildings, atop massive buildings, atop massive buildings all decked out in glass, neon and grime).
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad movie per say, it’s just that it’s not the definitive Judge Dredd movie that the critics were touting it as being, feeling more like a very small scale indie film that was given a bigger budget after the fact, meaning that the script is pretty basic, the effects are added in, after the fact embellishments (that look cool for the most part, but aren’t necessary to the story, what little story we get).
Karl Urban is a good actor, but was (in my opinion) miscast in this role (Jason Statham might have been a better choice or even, The Rock could have given the character the iconic profile that is Dredd) and the film plays more like you’re watching a HD video game with a basic story plot to move along the action and carnage, but little in the way of character depth or real character development to be found.