Set in the future, Dredd is the ultimate Judge who decides the fate of those accused of crimes and illegal activities that are carried out in the metropolitan town of Mega-City.
The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic complex where poor people reside under the management of Ma-Ma - the evil drug lord who is manufacturing a drug called Slo-Mo. This drug has the ability to greatly slow down one's perception by almost 99%.
Pete Travis has outdone himself in sticking very close to the original plot of the comic by choosing dignified and well-established actors like Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby who know how to deal well under pressure.
This movie encompasses a number of themes that give this movie an edge from every angle. There's fantasy, gore, a tinge of comedy, an undeniable amount of action, drama and violence. And it works extremely well with the characters involved in the movie.
This is a far, far better version compared to the 1995 mess of a movie (starring Sylvester Stallone). The best part about this movie was the fact that Judge Dredd's helmet did not come off, not even once. This is probably what most viewers were hoping, and that is the main reason why this version of Dredd works excellently with today's audience and the comic series' lovers.
Dredd kept me on the edge of my seat at all times. It was a particularly grappling moment when he was shot, as this made my heart skip a beat, but it was a good feeling. It is often difficult for movies to incite strong emotions, but Dredd does it well.
The rookie (Judge Anderson) also displayed a sense of fear, courage, determination and compassion that is enough to inspire anyone to at least consider a scope in such a dangerous field. Thirlby's acting is exceptional and gives tough girls a good name everywhere.
Lena Headey, who portrays Ma Ma, has also delivered a commendable performance. Just like Dredd is supposed to maintain the same expression throughout (which Urban has mastered to perfection), Headey gives out a vibe that is sure to terrify anyone who comes in contact with her. She is the normally soft-spoken, to-the-point person who does not waste any time with gibberish or jargon.