Director: Pete Travis

Writers: Carlos Ezquerra (characters), Alex Garland(screenplay)

Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey

Way back in 1995 we hade Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone and to be honest it was never one of my favourite comic book adaptations, so when the news came that Dredd was coming back to our screens I wasn’t overly sure, but after seeing several screen shots of the movie I was intrigued.

So last night I went and checked out the latest version of the comic book to film adaptation, this time starring Karl Urban as Dredd with Olivia Thirlby as his rookie, Anderson and Lena Headey as the villain Ma-Ma.

Staring off with a voice over from Dredd and on to the introduction of Dredd himself, but this time in proper Dredd fashion, we don’t see his face and he never removes his helmet.

Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) has taken over the Peach Trees a block in MegaCity One, Dredd (Karl Urban) and Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) are trapped in the building when it goes in to lock down and the two are hunted down by Ma-Ma’s gang to kill them, so the truth has to be found out about what she is actually doing in the building and how to stop her and survive the onslaught.

Dredd The Film The Character Deserves!

Right from the start of the film you just know that this is going to be something spectacular with its modern day, but, futuristic look and it’s has  more gritty feel that the Stallone version, it’s also darker and how you would expect the Dredd universe to feel, even down to Dredd’s uniform, which looks like it isn’t just for show.


The building that they are in is nicely designed and the action sequences are superbly set, the thing to really look out for is when characters take the slo-mo drug, all the filming is slowed right down with great effect as droplets of water and even blood splatter in some of the scenes is nicely floating around in slow motion in a 3D universe, mind you, this would even look good in 2D.

I personally think that this is the film that Dredd deserves, just forget the awful Stallone version from 1995 and see how Dredd should be in a movie, it’s not the perfect movie, but film are rarely perfect, but the running time of the film isn’t massive and it does fly by, it’s an exciting film that, doesn’t really go over the top with the CGI and the 3D is there, it’s not pushed in to your face, it’s just there for depth, which works very nicely.

Judge Dredd Explosion

There are probably die-hard fans of the 2000AD comic books that will pick me up on things and say something wasn’t right, but I’m not a massive reader of the comic, I have read little some years back, so I do have some recollection, but Dredd for me is an exciting film that I thoroughly enjoyed right from the start to the finish.

Dredd 3D – Official Trailer

Overall Thoughts For Dredd

Action packed, exciting and fun, it may not be for everyone’s liking, but I loved it. It’s great to see a film that has brought the character to the big screen in a way that I’d hoped they would have don in 1995, but sadly they didn’t. Go see Dredd if you love comic book adaptations, action movies and just want a fun night out.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham