Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood
Direction: Pete Travis
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
The future of this futuristic city looks unsure.Why? Blame it on the gangsters, the war lords and the drug peddlers.
Even before you step into the theatre make sure you know what lies in store for you. Action and loads of noise. But then if you are an ardent fan of the 2000 AD comic strip titled Judge Dredd — yes, yet another comic book hero comes alive on screen — nothing is a wee bit confusing for you. You know the judges, the jury members, the executioners, the brokers of law etc are all but one people in this future city of America — Cops. And if Judge Dredd ( Karl Urban) is who we are talking about, the word is super cop.
As the uniformed judge — who looks all smart, hi-tech and confident — Karl makes sure justice prevails in every nook and corner of the Peach Tree. Watch out for the shielding of the Peach Tree scene.
In fact, the onus of giving us all that extra dose of action lies with him… and his trainee partner, Anderson ( Olivia Thirlby). Olivia, on the other hand, plays the perfect, obedient helper with an extra ability to predict the past… and sometimes the unsaid. But then the one leading to all that mess is the bad girl, Ma-Ma and her gangsters.
Lena Headey with her bloody eyes and scared face is mean, aggressive and dangerous. The three leads indeed make up for an otherwise great (edge-of-the-sea kinda) plot. So as long as the bullets keep whizzing — there are a couple of slow, dead and non-action moments– Dredd 3D has things going its way.
And if not anything else, it’s over to the scenes that show junkies falling off skyscrapers in super slow motion… stopping time and creating some great, stunning (and brutal too) visuals in 3D.