It is Judgment Day once again now that “Dredd 3D,” the newest iteration of the cult British comic hero, is hitting the screening in a gritty, ultra-violent action fest.
Critics have largely embraced the high-stylized gore and wry sense of humor, which will no doubt please star Karl Urban, a lifelong fan of the comics.
Here is what the critics are saying about “Dredd 3D.”
“In the future, a single urban core sprawls from Boston to D.C., patrolled by officers who function as a self-contained legal system — judge, jury and executioner. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and a training-day rookie (Olivia Thirlby) become trapped within a crime-ridden high-rise and are forced to fight their way up and out.” — Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
‘Karl Urban stars as a supercop locked in a skyscraper filled with criminals who want him dead. … And Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice — and his chin. “— Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
“The visceral visuals, shot in 3-D by Oscar-winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ cinematographer and frequent Lars Von Trier collaborator Anthony Dod Mantle, feature extreme close-ups and sequences of super-cool slow-motion photography, which wisely are spread sparingly throughout the course of the picture. A guy doesn’t just get shot in the face — we see the bullet enter his mouth and send blood spurting out his cheek through the screen in such deliberate, distinct fashion, you can practically count the drops.” — Christy Lemire, The Associated Press
The Final Word
” ‘Guilty pleasure’ is a term you’ll often hear associated with action films like ‘Dredd 3D.’ But I say ‘no more!’ to this whole line of thought. We must cast off our guilt, as that guilt is built upon the faulty premise that an action movie can’t bring anything more to the table than spectacle. Not so for this movie. This time around, feel free to stow your shame firmly at the door. Get on board with Karl Urban!” — Laremy Legel, Film.com
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