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Dredd

By ROBERT HAM

Director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland understand that exposition and over-explaining are death for an action film. Just give people enough information to keep them engaged, then let the bullets fly. For their adaptation of the U.K. comics series Judge Dredd, all you need know is that Dredd (played with a massive sneer by Karl Urban) and new recruit Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby)—two members of an elite police force fighting crime in the dystopian metropolis Mega-City One—are locked inside a 200-story tower and working their way to the top floor to take out drug kingpin Ma-Ma (a scarified and scary Lena Headey). Of course, Travis and Garland do tart the story up with the inclusion of Slo-Mo, Ma-Ma's drug of choice, which turns the brain down to 1 percent of its normal speed. They could have included any narcotic, but this one allows Travis to include a number of shots of slowly exploding exit wounds. The rest of the film is a quickly sparking blast of mindless fun capped by wisely understated performances from the three leads and genuinely thrilling set pieces. Turn off your mind, relax, and float upstairs with them.

 
  • Genres: Action, Science fiction
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Drug Use, Language, Some Sexual Content, Strong Bloody Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Karl Urban [Judge Dredd], Olivia Thirlby [Cassandra Anderson], Lena Headey [Ma-Ma], Wood Harris [Kay], Langley Kirkwood [Judge Lex], Junior Singo [Amos], Luke Tyler [Freel], Jason Cope [Zwirner], Domhnall Gleeson [Clan Techie], Warrick Grier [Caleb]
  • Directed by: Pete Travis [Director], Alex Garland [Screenwriter], Andrew Macdonald [Producer], Allon Reich [Producer], Alex Garland [Producer], Jason Kingsley [Producer], Chris Kingsley [Producer], Deepak Nayar [Executive Producer], Stuart Ford [Executive Producer], Adi Shankar [Executive Producer], Anthony Mantle [Cinematographer], Mark Eckersley [Film Editor], Paul Leonard-Morgan [Original Music], Mark Digby [Production Design], Michael O'Connor [Costume Designer], Diana Cilliers [Costume Designer], Denton Douglas [Casting], Kate Dowd [Casting], Sarah Finn [Casting]
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