Every Monday we’ll post one of our favorite video games, movies, TV shows, or anything else we think you should also love.
To start it all off, I’m sharing one of my favorite flicks: Dredd.
Dredd is not only one of my favorite movies from recent years but, upon numerous repeated viewings, has become one of my all-time favorite movies.
Starring Karl Urban as the titular character Judge Dredd, a role in which the actor never removes his helmet, the film takes place in a massive dystopian city surrounded by an expansive wasteland. Dredd is a judge, a role in this society that has essentially replaced the judiciary branch. A judge has the power to serve as judge, jury, and executioner, granting them the power to arrest, try, and punish criminals at their own discretion, even crimes punishable by death.
The film follows Dredd and his new telepathic recruit, played by Olivia Thirlby, as they fight their way to the top of an apartment complex they’ve been trapped in. The building is controlled by Mama, delivered via a fantastic performance from Lena Heady, who runs a drug out of the building that delivers a euphoric slow motion trip. If this plot sounds familiar, yes, it is almost identical to that of The Raid: Redemption, which came out only shortly prior to this film. Both films, however, are excellent, but the sci-fi elements plus an emphasis of gunplay over martial arts made Dredd my choice of building-raid films of that year. Dredd features some spectacular action scenes, and Urban comes through with an badass performance that never lets up. This film is almost entirely action from start to finish for its 90 minute running time.
Criminally marketed during it’s theatrical release, both with a poor advertising campaign and the use of “Dredd 3D” as the title, the film bombed at the box office, all but killing any dreams of a sequel. However, it found renewed life on home video, and has been hugely popular on streaming services. During it’s first week of release on Blu-ray it was almost impossible to find as word of mouth spread post-theatrical, and the demand was was grossly underestimated. This has led to many discussions with the creators and stars that keep teasing a sequel possibility. Fans created several successful petitions begging for a sequel, and a “sequel” graphic novel has since been released to tide us over.
If you haven’t seen Dredd, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It is one of the best action movies to come out in years, and one of my favorite flicks.