Alright, so I guess better late than never, but I apologize for not getting this up until now. My choice for this week’s Weekend Net-Flick is the awesome 2012 action movie with an increasing group of cult followers: Dredd.
The film takes place in a violent dystopian future where the law has turned into cops technically being “Judges” that continue to hunt criminals, but also hold the power of being a judge, jury, and executioner. This shows just how bad things have gotten when the police have the ability to kill on the spot. The film focuses on Judge Dredd hunting down a gang who is the mass distributor of a drug called slo-mo that, as you probably just guessed, alters the user’s perception of reality to make everything drastically slow down. It starts to cause a lot of deaths, and Dredd isn’t going to let that fly.
When this released, I honestly hadn’t heard of the series before and thought it looked like an action blockbuster that I would eventually check out. Yet, people started raving about how cool the movie was and how Karl Urban was pretty perfect as Dredd. Eventually I watched it, and it lived up to the hype people created (at least for me) and was a really dark but cool dystopian action movie. Karl Urban is fantastic in the lead role and really nails the unemotional futuristic Judge and his quest for justice. The movie is full on action and has a lot of cool futuristic battles; Dredd’s gun has really cool features like ricochet mode that uses bouncing bullets if he needs to clear some guys from around a corner or something like that.
Dredd is an action/sci-fi movie that I thought was really awesome for its genre. Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby do a great job in the lead roles and the film’s plot is pretty cool as well. The setting definitely is what won me over, because the dystopian future is unique in its idea of what the world will come to when things have completely fallen apart. There seems to be a large push for them to make a sequel, and as I talked about a little while back, it seems like there’s a chance, especially if more people keep checking it out and like it.
Dredd is only an hour and 35 minutes, so it won’t tie up your entire night, but if you’re in the mood to watch an awesome action and sci-fi, it’s the perfect movie to check out. If you really like it, and also are interested in comics, a (rapidly selling out) sequel was created called Dredd: Underbelly that picks up after the film. The comic sequel is just okay, but without another Dredd movie anytime soon, it’s nice to have some follow up content available. It’s on Netflix, it’s a fun but well-done movie, so if you’re sitting around and browsing your instant stream, be sure to check out Dredd.