When I first heard about a new Judge Dredd film coming out, I was skeptical about it. I thought it was going to be another typical cliche action movie from Hollywood so I skipped watching it last year. But after so many people telling me how good it was, I decided to check it out and I must say it is definitely one of the best adaptions of a graphic novel.
“Dredd” stars Karl Urban as the title character who tries to enforce the law in the dystopian city: Mega-City One. He is assigned a rookie to train named Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) who is a mutant with psychic abilities. The two respond to a homicide in a high rise called Peach Tress which is run by drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Dredd and Anderson become trapped in the high-rise when they try to take a suspect in the homicide which leads to a violent confrontation with Ma-Ma.
“Dredd” is a very visual movie with outstanding special effects especially when several characters use the Slomo drug that slows down time. There are several scenes that slow down the action and show in detail gunshots piercing body parts.
Urban’s performance as Dredd is also very good. He portrays Dredd as a man who plays by the book and does not stop till he gets his man or woman. He is a force to be reckoned with where no one can escape his pursuit.
Overall, “Dredd” is a great adaptation of the popular comic book series. The visual effects as well as the performance by Urban alone is worth watching.