‘Dredd’ Movie Review – Not So Dreadful

Jordan Magrath

Jordan, who currently resides in Seattle, WA, has slowly become a film fanatic over the past couple of years. He attributes his love for film to the smash hit THE DARK KNIGHT which has created an (un)healthy obsession with both Christopher Nolan and the Batman franchise. Although he appreciates all genres of film, his favorite movies are typically psychological thrillers, with an emphasis on non-traditional narratives.

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  • Rodney Holmes

    What are you talking about?!! What plot holes?! Also, are you aware that Dredd was written and already in production long before the Raid? It’s not fair to keep mentioning The Raid when reviewing Dredd. This is not a sci fi version of the Raid! It’s not fair to the writer and crew of Dredd. I love the Raid, but Dredd is awesome! It’s suppose to be a day in the life of Dredd. Just a snap shot of what it’s like for him to do his job and what kind of character he is. It’s a violent and chaotic world so that needed to be shown. I understand that you are giving your opinion. But I honestly feel that you are giving people the wrong impression.

    • Interesting, I guess my review came off harsh when, in fact, I really liked Dredd.  I made a point to say The Raid was similar plot-wise, but different genre-wise.  I wasn’t saying one was better than the other, more just saying if you like one you’ll probably like the other.

      Back tracking a bit, the plot hole I mention in the concluding paragraph was about the mind-reading aspect because I felt like Anderson could’ve just used her mind the whole time, but they selectively used it.

    • I guess one of the plot holes would be that how could someone like Ma-Ma even come to power when it would be incredibly easy for any one of her gang members to knock her out with a single punch and easily take over her entire organization…she was just a prostitute, even if she invented Slo-Mo it doesn’t make sense how she’s in power. Sh’s no King Pin, but perhaps I’m reading too deep into this 😛
      Another plot hole is that why didn’t Anderson user her psychic powers to interrogate Kay (Wood Harris) as soon as they had captured him? Instead they waited after like ~50 people had been killed, and then Anderson finally says “wait, I can interrogate him with my psychic powerz!”?
      Another /facepalm moment is when that corrupt female judge said “she hesitates, I take her down” and then proceeded to meet Anderson, tell her “wait rookie, I’m your backup”, holstered her gun, turned her back to Anderson…I mean what the hell was she waiting for? Why not shoot Anderson as soon as she had her gun raised at her? Wasn’t that the point of hesitation, because that’s sure as hell what I had in mind.
      More importantly, the biggest threat that Dredd faced in this movie was not the over-arching villain (Ma-Ma) but the corrupt judges! That’s right, the biggest threat to a judge is…another judge. It was incredibly easy to take down Ma-Ma (which again brings to question how she came to power) compared to the corrupt judges, the last of whom basically had Dredd on his knees.

      I wish Dredd had said more of his iconic lines like “How do you plead?” *waits for answer* “I knew you’d say that.”. I wish they had gone into some of the details for the Lawgiver 2 (the iconic judge gun) and Lawmaster (the bike), how they worked, etc…the first movie certainly found time to explain that stuff. The technology also seemed to be vastly scaled back compared to the first movie, which seemed a little weird. Most of the vehicles in the first movie were flying, the world felt a LOT bigger since they actually ventured out into the Cursed Earth and flew around city blocks.

      Don’t get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed this movie overall. Compared to the first movie, this movie felt more like a pet-project…a tour with *the* Judge Dredd on one of his slightly more interesting encounters…and I can respect that. Dredd didn’t give it a second thought and didn’t even consider the whole thing that big of a deal at the end…and I loved that 😛

    • How does Anderson not see Kay’s surprise attack, when she stopped him from doing the very same thing earlier? Her ability is always on. (which already makes no sense, as she’d probably have gone nuts or died by now)

      Also she seems to forget she’s psychic for most of the last half hour, and doesn’t use it after she’s captured at all.

      How does Anderson psychically read the corrupt Judge through the judge’s helmet, if helmets interfere with Anderson’s telepathy? Shouldn’t the interference apply both ways?