by Roy Runnels
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Dredd, a remake of the 1995 film Judge Dredd, is a unique take on a post apocalyptic world. Rather than focusing on survival, it skips to society establishing Mega-Cities, leaving chunks of the planet uninhabitable. It doesn’t waste any time explaining what got us to this point, and it isn’t really needed. The movie is instead about the new justice system and the Judges, law enforcers given the power to make judgments on anyone who breaks the law.
Judge Dredd, the main character, is tasked with evaluating a rookie, Cassandra Anderson, when things go horribly wrong. What starts as investigating a few murders, turns into a massacre as a gang leader named Ma-Ma starts killing everyone just to get to the Judges.
The acting is great, and Karl Urban does a fantastic job as Dredd. Olivia Thirlby as Anderson is very likable, although I wish that there was more backstory. As for Dredd, the mysteriousness plays well in his favor and Urban never once takes off the mask. Then there is Lena Headey playing Ma-Ma. She plays such a great villain that you just can’t wait for Dredd and her to be on the screen at the same time.
The movie wasn’t anything like I was expecting. Seeing previews for it, it looked cheesy, but it is far from it. It should be noted that the movie is incredibly violent, and is definitely not for anyone who gets sick easy. The movie does have its own sense of style that it keeps consistent throughout its run time. It’s a good movie that breaks the usual trend of horrible remakes. Getting through the violence, the movie is a fun hour and a half and is worth your time.
Dredd 3D is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes for other shows playing in Dinuba can be found on their website.