Tuesday, February 5, 2013

One Minute Movie Review: Dredd

The best way to sum up this film is this; if you are a fan of the comic this will be purely compelling and enjoyable, however, for me is yet another example of less is more.  It is a picture that is both overtly violent and gory,  undoubtedly the way creator John Wagner would have envisioned his legendary comic book antihero to be portrayed on the silver screen.  Karl Urban's incarnation falls somewhere between tongue-in-cheek and total bad ass, a far improvement above Stallone's cornier version which bombed at the box office.  Olivia Thirlby's co starring performance is unremarkable but tolerable.  Lena Headey's villainess is unique and original in some ways, but her acting is mediocre at best which overshadows her character’s presence on screen.   The story is engaging playing more like a video game than a movie, but the overkill of gunplay and human splatter substantially lessens the entertainment value.  The best assessment would be a high octane, bullet riddled joyride that plays like a hybrid of Predator 2 and Die Hard on meth.  1 out of 5 Kernels:  the better of the two Dredd movies, but that is not saying much.

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