Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012)
Commit a crime, I lock the door.
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I am one of the few who actually likes, in an entirely non-ironic way, Danny Cannon’s cheesy 1995 Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone in the title role. It’s a silly movie, but if you took it seriously, you were kind of missing the point. It’s meant to be over the top, and it succeeds gloriously. Because of this, I was maybe a little more wary of the 2012 reboot than I needed to be, especially when the glowing reviews started pouring in. So it took me perhaps longer to get round to watching it than it should have. Ultimately, you can count me up as yet another convert to the cause; while the film is not without its (minor) problems, Karl Urban filled those shoes far better than I ever thought he would, and the breathtaking cinematography from Alex Dod Mantle (who also worked with writer Alex Garland on the similarly-gorgeous 28 Days Later…) pushes it over the top from acceptable to incredible.
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