|"Rookie, you ready?"|
|Diane Lane: The only good thing about 90's Dredd|
Dredd doesn't try to overstep it's bounds as a film. It knows exactly what it is. You came here for mindless action and that's exactly what you get. This is why the film succeeds. Crap like plot and character development are thrown out the window. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) says like 50 words throughout the entire film and you never even see his face. He's got this smoking hot rookie partner (Olivia Thirlby...yes please!) and they don't force some lame Hollywood love interest subplot into the mix, Dredd doesn't want to get her naked, hell, he barely shakes her hand, he's all about the KILLING.
There are some great special effect shots in this movie. I didn't shell out the extra cash for 3D (and won't...unless it's Prometheus or Hugo) so I saw the regular version of Dredd but could still appreciate the visuals. There's a drug in the film that slows down people's perception of time to 1% of real life, which leads to some awesome slow motion death sequences. I was kind of bummed that pretty much all the blood in the film was CGI but there's a shit load of it so I guess they tried to save money? I'm guessing they spent all their funds on the establishing shots of Mega-City and the Slo-Mo scenes, because other than those shots, most of the film is people running/dying in narrow hallways. I gotta admit I'm pretty impressed with the finished product though.
Low expectations yielded amazing results. In this film, the future may suck, but Dredd kicks some serious ass.