Monday, September 24, 2012

DREDD - judge not lest you be judged

Dredd is another current scifi flick that you might see advertised and ask why? In the end, there was very little science fiction but ample use of gratuitous violence to satisfy. 

I saw it in 3D against my will—my belief in the abject use of this potential medium was once again reestablished. 3D looks great on expensive home theater systems but generally not in the major auditoriums due to projector bulbs not being turned at full brightness to save money and myriad other reasons. I will, however, admit that the slomo scenes in 3D involving the titular narcotic were seriously stunning. I wished for more. 

Judge Dredd is based on a long running UK comic strip which also inspired the original, with Sylvester Stallone in the lead. This current film follows a completely different story line which, I must say, is rather facile and hackneyed. If anyone caught the great Indonesian film, The Raid, earlier this year, expect a far less cool facsimile. The only interesting futuristic gadget was Dredd's gun, albeit physically impossible in design. This may be a good movie if you're inoculated with an obscene amount of a certain green plant.  

Recommended Viewing: Equilibrium - Judge Dredd - The Raid

              Bob Scale: The Critic: 6.0   -   The Fan: 6.4
             MetaCritic: 57
 Rotten Tomatoes: 77
                    IMDB: 7.8

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