After giving myself a crash course in the world of Dredd, it amplified how much this adaptation got right and how the '95 Stallone vehicle couldn't have been more wrong. The heart of the comic is all here: the facelessness of justice, the satirical bastardization of "heroism" in the context of a police state, and the Judge system's tenuous grasp of incorruptibility in a fractured society of its own making.
Gorgeous, but empty. The Raid did this right, like it traded having Anthony Dod Mantle's absolutely stunning cinematography to be the better action movie. Dredd is gorgeous but there's no real reason to watch it twice. But dig Olivia Thirlby! Finally getting roles in gigantic movies and holding her own!!! I heart her so much.
Vicious, cold, and graphic, yet beautifully shot and skillfully assembled. "Dredd" is the type of film that is thoughtful in its thoughtlessness - it feels sincere in its approach, and because of this it is a wonderfully faithful adaptation of a great comic series. The production design and soundtrack were dark, gritty, and ultimately well-suited, while Urban as Dredd was a great choice.
Good cinematography. Don't know the comics, so have no say in how better or worse this is than the 1995 adaptation. I watched an executioner, entering a building. A hero, that is an executioner: how twisted is that. And the really sick part is the wingman (wingwoman). The character that is sensitive, has sensory powers, that can feel deep empathy with the vilains/victims. What a plot trick. Makes everything ok? Not.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Some pretty fun stuff with some surprisingly decent performances. Sure, Karl Urban basically mugs 70s-era Eastwood but Lena Headey was kind of captivating. The drug trips were a brilliant excuse for some sub-par effects but Dredd never wears out its welcome and Urban keeps his helmet on. Good stuff...