JUDGMENT IS COMING.
Some time in the future, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and a new recruit (Olivia Thirlby) find three murdered drug dealers at the foot of a slum tower block; soon they’re fighting for their lives inside it. This comic-book adaptation is an improvement on Judge Dredd (1995); not a Hollywood product, but a tighter and darker action-thriller in 3D with a story reminiscent of the same year’s The Raid: Redemption. Claustrophobic but exciting, with Lena Headey a different choice as the head villain, a mob boss who looks like she lost the will to live a long time ago. Urban does what he can as the humorless hero.
2012-Britain-U.S. 95 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Pete Travis. Screenplay: Alex Garland. Comic Book: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra (“Judge Dredd”). Cast: Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), Olivia Thirlby (Cassandra Anderson), Lena Headey (Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal), Wood Harris, Langley Kirkwood, Junior Singo… Domhnall Gleeson.