1995, a year that will live in the memories of many as one that followed the past two years of Stallone’s “Cliffhanger”, “Demolition Man,” and “The Specialist.” Yes, I’m talking about “Judge Dredd.” Let’s be honest with ourselves, it was bad, I mean, really bad. Even Sylvester Stallone agreed that there was a lot wrong with the film, as well as John Wagner, the creator of the comic.
But enough about the past…and Rob Schneider…Don’t even get me started…
“Dredd” uses Karl Urban, who plays a good action star and has the stern face and chiseled jaw to pull off Dredd. To be honest, I haven’t seen a movie that I have disliked seeing Karl Urban act in. Also at the table we have Lena Heady as the drug dealer and gang lord ‘Ma-Ma’, who has been in a thing or two where she has to be a tough bad-ass, like “300” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Also is Olivia Thirlby, who plays the rookie under review by Dredd and has some unique talents to bring to the table.
The story involves a new drug call SLO-MO that, you guessed it, makes the user feel like things are moving in slow motion. Often times the slow motion sequence in most action films get used so much that you think the movie could have been shorter and used its time better without the sequences. “Dredd” uses them rather well, with a couple of people being pushed off a really high place and seeing the perspective of slow motion towards their deaths. Dredd and the rookie, Cassandra Anderson, go off to put an end to the ‘Ma-Ma’ and her pushing of SLO-MO and her gang control in this large complex.
The movie is what you expect, a bunch of shootouts, massive property damage, and some pretty fancy tools from Dredd’s arsenal of ammo in his gun. And the movie does this really well, and in the end you leave with a satisfied feeling that will cleanse the palate of the poor aftertaste from “Judge Dredd.”
PS: We still love you Sly, but you’ve done a lot better.