Dredd 3D (2012) film review

Based on AD2000 British comic series called Judge Dredd but unrelated to a 1995 film of the same name starred by Sylvester Stalone, Dredd 3D was shot using RED MX, SI2K, and Phantom Flex high speed 3D cameras in the South African cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as studios, camera rigs were used with some elements converted to 3D in post production, the end result is a look and feel reminiscent of the gangster movies in urban settings with lots of gruesome and realistic shootings using a post apocalyptic world as a background. Dredd’s “Lawmaker” weapon was based on a fully operational 9mm firing system and his bike a modified 500cc motorbike with an added frame and machine guns.

The producers have opened the door to a second part of this film and even a trilogy, depending on its ticketbox success.


Dredd 3D film
Dredd 3D film

A rated R film due to violence, drugs and mild sex, the film contains lots of action with judge Dredd being the main focus, taking part in graphical and bloody gun battles, the acting is average but with the film appealing factor being shootings and explosions it should not matter much, you will not have time to get bored in Dredd 3D, fast paced action will move you from one dangerous situation to another. The special effects are surprisingly good, full of slow motion scenes that add realism to the film, if you have read Judge Dredd comics you will want to watch this film, the plot and characters are adjusted to the original storyline, an effective action B movie with impressive visuals that will keep fans of degenerate sci-fi worlds and shootings entertained. Dredd 3D will not win an Oscar but it is worth watching for a non family friendly enjoyable afternoon.

Synopsis: In a vast violent megacity where criminals rule the street the only force challenging them are the urban cops called “judges”, and they have the ability to act as a judge, jury and executioner. Feared through the city, Dredd is the most effective judge of them all and he is tasked with tackling a dangerous drug epidemic city wide.

Director: Pete Travis
Writers: Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland, John Wagner
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey
Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.

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