Dredd [2012] ★★½

Dredd-Poster-3Since Sylvester Stallone screwed up the  the comic-book character with his 1995 screen version. I dreaded the idea of another “Dredd” movie. Surprise. This version starring Karl Urban is not half bad. The first movie was pure cheese, and it had Rob Schneider in it (yes it was that bad). Here, things get much darker as Dredd and his rookie partner Anderson find themselves trapped inside a 200-story building by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), the tower’s resident drug lord and all-around bad bitch. Together they must fight their way out of the blast shield-protected mega-structure floor by floor and deliver judgment to Ma-Ma and her gang. Not a bad idea for an action movie. And make no mistake, the action is fun and exciting at times, even when you know how the story is going to end. “Dredd” is the kind of comic-book movie that they weren’t supposed to be making anymore. But credits go to Alex Garland for believing in it again. I’m not saying that he wrote a masterpiece. But as far as action movies go, this one’s not bad at all.

Rating: 2.5/4

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