ONE MAN IS JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER.
In the 2080s, most of mankind live in huge “Mega-Cities” where crime is rampant; Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) works as virtually a one-man army, serving as a cop, judge and executioner. The director’s first Hollywood movie disappointed fans of the original comic book. The action is well paced and the film has an elaborate dystopian design and Versacci costumes. But the social critique of the original is a little lost here, Armand Assante’s bad guy is dull and the safe Hollywood formula doesn’t have much to offer.
1995-U.S. 96 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Danny Cannon. Comic Book: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra. Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Joseph Dredd), Armand Assante (Rico Dredd), Diane Lane (Hershey), Rob Schneider, Joan Chen, Jürgen Prochnow… Max von Sydow. Cameo: James Remar. Narrated by James Earl Jones.
Trivia: Christopher Walken was allegedly considered for Assante’s role. The comic book was also filmed as Dredd (2012).