The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One–a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge–a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
Judgement comes down on DREDD 3D and sentence is bloody gore. Although the action is immense the story just lacks in intrigue.
From the beginning the gun fire and destruction start rampant. Blood and death rain down on the apocalyptic world that is brought to life on screen. Dredd righteous and persistent has a bland and a personality that just repels from connecting with him. He never shows his face so there’s never a real personal connection with the audience.
Anderson, new recruit trying to become a judge, has a more likable and charismatic personality. Her face is shown, her emotions come through, and there is a reason to cheer her on. She gets thrown out into the harsh world with the most vicious Judge, Judge Dredd. Dredd does not care for Anderson who is less than qualified for being a Judge, but her psychic abilities give her a boost in the eyes of the Chief Justices. The reluctant Anderson gets her feet wet in a drug war at the most dangerous “Peach Tree” Mega Block. Mega Blocks are where people live, 100 level apartment buildings holding mostly poor people. Peach Tree holds the biggest gang MaMa’s which is named after their leader MaMa. MaMa is the most powerful gang having destroyed their competition in overly aggressive manners. Many times setting examples of people by doing the most grotesque unimaginable sickening punishments and leaving them for all of Peach Tree to see. The Judges get called in and get caught up in the building when MaMa takes over the building and locks it down. Dredd and Anderson are behind enemy lines. Two against a building of MaMa’s gang.
The story is lacking, they mention more about Dredd, something deeper in his anger and control, but it never explains what that something is. Dredd’s face is never seen. His attitude does not change, his morals are concreted, but there is no point where he seems real. The 3D effect seems to be just something added to try and increase marketability. There is very few parts where it is used effectively. There is a few slow motion parts where it just captures the attention and throws so much at the audience that it sucks the attention back into the story.
All in time to pass judgement on DREDD 3D and I give it 3 out of 5 Popcorns. It runs about 90 minutes and it is not really a waste of time, just not worth watching in 3D.