“DREDD 3D” – MOVIE REVIEW #TIFF12
Several years into the Future, we are taken away to an Urban Slum, where Corruption and Crime are rampant and Order is maintained through Violence. Tough-as-nails Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) acts as a Judge, Jury and an Executioner, and is paired together with a green Trainee possessing psychic abilities Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), looking to prove she has what it takes to be a Judge, after just missing the mark on her Exam.
The Duo are up against terrifying former Prostitute-turned-Leader, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), and her deadly Gang, who are responsible for rampant circulation of the Drug, Slo-Mo. Known as the most violent and dangerous Gang in the territory, both Dredd and Anderson just might be in over their heads this time, risking their lives in the name of Justice. Not even their own kind can be trusted.
I was floored completely by Dredd. Its use of 3D not only evokes a mood, but also keeps us in suspense in several defining stop-motion sequences within the Film, while also thrilling us in bloody delight. An Electro-centric Soundtrack keep things edgy and suit perfectly its grim, industrial aesthetic.
The Film, directed terrifically by Pete Travis, without a question has the potential to become the unifying obsession to a legion of Fanboys, with star-making turns from its grossly-underrated three Principal Stars. Made in the same vein as some of the greats of the Action/Sci-Fi genre, like The Terminator and RoboCop (yes it really is that good!), Dredd just might be that one massive Sleeper Hit at the Box Office this Fall. Phenomenal.
Alliance Films releases Dredd on September 21, 2012.