Watch: Dredd 2012 123movies, Full Movie Online – The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture – a 200 storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival..
Plot: In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called Judges, who combine the duties of judge, jury and executioner to deliver a brutal brand of swift justice. But even the top-ranking Judge, Dredd, discovers that taking down Ma-Ma isn’t as easy as it seems in this explosive adaptation of the hugely popular comic series.
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About a million years ago (1980-85ish), when I was a boy, I bought a comic each and every week called 2000AD. And I loved it. I mean, properly LOVED it. The flagship strip in this publication was (and all these years later, remains) Judge Dredd. The titular lead character (his name, a play on that of novelty UK ska/reggae artist Judge Dread – who himself lifted the moniker from a Prince Buster tune – although there any similarity ends, absolutely) was a “Judge”, a one-tier law enforcement agent with the authority to arrest, charge, try and sentence perpetrators of crime on the spot (including issuing the death sentence, a sentence dealt out frequently), operating in the early 22nd century in Mega City One, a post-apocalyptic overpopulated dystopian conurbation stretching from Boston to Washington DC. A grim, violent piece, it nevertheless managed to mine some gallows humour from the ultra-right wing dispensing of justice, especially as doled out by our perpetually helmeted Dirty Harry-style anti-hero (of course, Harry Callaghan was constantly railing against the system. Not so Joe Dredd; he WAS the f*cking system).
There were many different colourful characters within the pages of 2000AD but Dredd was by far the favourite (generally speaking; My personal favourite was Strontium Dog, followed closely by Nemesis the Warlock and The A.B.C. Warriors) and was always the one most ripe for a possible movie adaptation somewhere down the line. And so it was that in 1994 promising British director Danny Cannon was attached to direct Judge Dredd – the next Sylvester Stallone movie. D’Oh! Anyway, the movie was released in 1995 and it was pretty-much a travesty, top-to-bottom. Cannon, it appeared, was simply hired to be Stallone’s bitch, and despite the thing looking the part (the art department deserve some props for that film, you know) Stallone seemed determined to kick any in-place mythology straight in the bin if he didn’t fancy it (Dredd never takes his helmet off, because the law is faceless, or something; Stallone takes his helmet off. Judges don’t have relations with one another; Dredd develops a love interest with comic strip regular Judge Hershey. Thuggish recurring anti-hero Fergee is reduced to comic relief, major MAJOR Dredd arch-enemies The Angel Gang are reduced to one-scene throwaways and a robot looking A LOT like Hammerstein from The A.B.C. Warriors is introduced for no good reason whatsoever).
And that, it seemed, was that. Nice one, Sly.
Until now. Finally, almost two decades of time and blockbuster, money-spinning superhero comic adaptations at the cinemas seems to have washed much of the foul stench of Sylvesters “oeuf de poo-poo” away, and for the final flush, here at last is the reboot: Dredd, starring Karl Urban (The Bourne Supremacy, Doom) and directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame) with a budget half that of its turkey-basted predecessor (more like a quarter when adjusting for inflation). So, what’s it like? Well, if you’re a fan of the source material you’re going to have to throw out all of your notions of what Dredd and his Mega City environment should look like. Although neither nailed it aesthetically, the Cannon/Stallone movie looks the part more than this one. Until someone wants to commit Avatar-sized monies to the project, I don’t know if anyone will ever truly nail it. No, this one is a rough and dirty thing, reminiscent of the sort of nasty, faceless sh*tholes you’ll find in the Death Wish franchise of movies. Still, beauty’s only skin-deep, they say, and what’s important is that this movie captures the eighties vision of dystopian future in exactly the manner that Judge Dredd the comic strip did all those years ago. It “feels” like Judge Dredd, in a way that the Stallone movie never did, despite oh-so-many more bells and whistles.
The plot? The plot is simplicity itself. Dredd is assigned to accompany and evaluate new recruit Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a mutant who failed the Judge’s aptitude test by a hair’s breadth but who possesses a remarkable psychic ability to read peoples’ minds, which the Justice Department obviously would want to exploit, IF Dredd decides that she can cut it as a Judge. Out they go to investigate a triple gangland-style execution in the Peach Trees city block, one of the thousands of futuristic high-rises that can hold 70,000 inhabitants, many of whom never have to leave the block in their entire lives. This particular block is ruled over by drug boss Ma-Ma (Lena Headey, 300), who ordered the executions. In an early exchange, Dredd & Anderson capture one of Ma-Ma’s goons, and Anderson ascertains via her psychic skills that this particular goon was among those directly responsible for the executions. They decide to take him back to the Hall of Justice for questioning so’s they can get the goods on head honcho Ma-Ma and her drug-traffiking industry but before they can do so, Ma-Ma seizes control of the security department of the block, locks the entire place down trapping the judges inside, and tells everybody inside to either help her kill the judges or get the f*ck out of her way; anyone helping the judges can expect to be killed too. So, Dredd and Anderson can either hide out until backup arrives, try to break out of the block somehow, or go up the building and after Ma-Ma, to kill her before she kills them. Which of those options do you suppose our man is going to go for?
In many ways, this film could’ve been called “Anderson” rather than “Dredd” (though obviously that wouldn’t have been as marketable) since it’s Anderson – played to just the right tone by Olivia Thirlby – who grows throughout this movie. And that’s as it should be with Dredd: he DOESN’T change, he DOESN’T grow. He is a rock, a constant. Karl Urban – a childhood fan of Dredd himself – understands this and plays him to perfection (WITHOUT removing his helmet once; again, as it should be. Poxy Stallone). He’s Robocop, without the warmth. For me though, the standout is Lena Headey. I wasn’t enamoured at all with the idea of a “new” character as the main antagonist, and some whore-turned-druglord just smelled like that first “market” scene in Hannibal to me. But she’s brilliant, really vicious. And the drug that Ma-Ma is pushing – Slo-Mo, which causes users to experience time at a tiny fraction of its real speed – allows us to view things through the eyes of the users, which in turn allows for some excellent slow-motion ballets of gruesome violence. And whilst the gore stays just-about on the cartoonish edge of things, this IS a very, VERY gruesome movie. About as gory as I’ve ever seen outside of the horror genre. But it moves at a real lick, it never lets up and it’s all done and dusted inside the 90-minute mark. Lovely.
As of this writing, Dredd hasn’t made its money back at the cinemas; a shame for a film that has had largely positive reviews and word-of-mouth. Still, it’ll definitely go into the black when the DVD/blu-rays are released in the next couple of weeks, and that’ll hopefully trigger a sequel or even the trilogy that writer Alex Garland wants to make. According to him, Dredd III – if it gets that far – will feature the Dark Judges. And that thought makes me quiver with excitement, like a boy reading his first copy of 2000AD, a million years ago.
I used to read the comics when I was young, and they were simple, straightforward shoot ’em ups with “Dredd” the epitome of tough, no-nonsense law enforcement in a futuristic environment where crime, violence, poverty and unemployment were pretty normal for many people. This time, Karl Urban takes the title role as the policeman/judge/jury type, and he and his rookie “Anderson” (Olivia Thirlby) investigate a few dead bodies in the lobby of an hundred-odd storey building controlled by the drug dealing matriarch “Ma-Ma” (Lena Headey) and her menacing henchmen. To begin with, they must find the killer and get out alive – but when some of his own kind arrive and turn against him – and his partner is captured – he sets out to settle this once and for all. Yep, the dialogue is shocking; the acting only little better (Headey is about as menacing as yesterday’s creme brûlée) but that’s not the point. It’s meant to be a brutal action adventure – loads of pyrotechnics, attitude, gun-battles (with some great weapons, btw) that is just aimless fun. That’s what is says on the tin, and that’s what is does. Never any doubt about the ending, but the route is what it’s all about – and for me, anyway, it’s just 90 minutes of mindless escapism with a bit of mind-reading thrown in for good measure. Not everything can be Jane Austen – aim low and you ought not to be too disappointed.
Karl Urban IS Dredd.
I’ve been a Dredd fan for thirty years now, but I’m not about to give this movie adaptation of my favourite comic character a ridiculously high rating purely from some misguided sense of loyalty. Instead, I’m going to give it a deservingly high score because, quite simply, it is a very good film, one that successfully captures the essence of the 2000AD strip, delivering brutal action by the bucket-load, excellent central performances, and inspired direction, all enhanced by breathtaking state-of-the-art 3D special effects.
After the debacle that was Stallone’s Judge Dredd (1995), the makers of this movie have clearly made their prime directive to please hardcore Dredd fans, and it shows: the screenplay, by Alex Garland, remains very faithful to the spirit of the comic, and in Karl Urban, we now have the perfect Dredd-all raspy voice and humourless grimace, it looks as though the character has jumped straight onto the screen from the pages of 2000AD (helmet intact). Similarly, it would be hard to imagine anyone more suitable than Olivia Thirlby as rookie Psi-Judge Anderson (and believe me, I’ve tried!).
Is Dredd 3D my ‘ideal’ Dredd movie? Not quite… made for a comparatively meagre budget of $45million, it would be hard pushed to live up to my impossibly high expectations (just realising the Mega-City One of my dreams would require way more money than it cost to make this entire film). That said, it is definitely a massive step in the right direction, and if it is the financial success that it genuinely deserves to be, who knows what treats await us in the future: The Cursed Earth, Judge Cal, Judge Death, The Apocalypse War…. I’m salivating like a Klegg just thinking about it.
** EDIT – 5th April 2021 ** Just watched Dredd again, this time without the benefit of 3D, and found it less impressive than I remembered. I was struck more than before by how poorly Mega City One is presented, with vehicles that look like they’re from now instead the end of the 21st century. Little effort was spent in making the environment appear futuristic – things like computer keyboards and electric fans are still as they are today. Budget was clearly an issue, and it shows.
Also, the whole ‘Wait’ conversation doesn’t work for me. The bad judge would’ve plugged Dredd in the head instead of allowing him to buy time.
I still love Urban’s portrayal, and the violence is cool, but I really hope that if there is a next time, they make the film look more like the comics.
Old rating: 8/10 New rating: 6.5/10, rounded up to 7. It’s still good, just not great.
In a dystopian future, the world is devastated. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the last word in Law & Order within Mega-City One. Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) is his junior partner. They are battling drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) who is operating out of a massive apartment block.
The previous version of Judge Dredd (1995) starring Sly is a campy affair. Consider that it had Rob Schneider in it. ’nuff said. This one brings us into the comics once again but this time, they drop the camp. It is well written probably because they had Alex Garland who also wrote 28 Days Later… and Sunshine among others. Karl Urban is not as imposing as Sly but he does a solid job. Most importantly, he’s not impersonating Sly. Olivia Thirlby is great as a foil or conscience to Dredd. Their relationship is the heart of the movie. Lena Headey does a good job as the baddie. It’s an interesting unusual choice. It’s certainly not your average muscle bound villain.
I did have 2 problems. First, Slo-Mo happens too many times. The first couple of times are interesting. I’m sure it’s cool 3D fun, but even that would get tiresome. It’s a balancing act between pace and cool and the climax needs pace more than cool. Second problem is the ending. The final fight with Lena Headey is not as climatic as needed. It’s a bit of a letdown. Overall, this is super-fun despite the minor problems.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Director Pete Travis
Writer John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland
Actors Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Country United Kingdom, South Africa, India
Awards 2 wins & 14 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, DTS (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1), DTS (DTS 11.1 Neo: X)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Phantom Flex, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Red One MX, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Silicon Imaging SI-2K
Laboratory Post Republic (digital intermediate)
Film Length 2,537 m (Spain), 2,626 m (6 reels)
Negative Format CineForm RAW, Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Paradise FX 3-D (dual-strip 3-D), Redcode RAW (4.5K) (dual-strip 3-D) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema (also 3-D version)