Dredd Review

by Brandon

Recently, I watched Dredd and when I finished, my immediate thought was, “This movie should have been made in the 80′s.”

You see, in the 80′s, filmmakers weren’t afraid of an R rating. Fantasy movies (Conan The Barbarian, for example) were rated R. Action movies and even super hero movies (Robocop) weren’t afraid to be rated R. Sci-fi movies (Predator or Aliens) weren’t afraid to be rated R.

In the modern era of film, movie studios are very hesitant to go with an R rating. They’re too afraid of losing potential ticket sales from young people.

And today, audiences aren’t quite as receptive to it as they were in the 80′s. Maybe it’s just that this generation doesn’t embrace excess like we did back then. I don’t know. I’m not saying it’s a good thing or a bad thing. This isn’t a blog about social morality. It’s a blog about Dredd.

And Dredd belongs with those movies in the 80′s. For better or worse, it felt like one of those movies.

I firmly believe if Dredd had been released – exactly as it is today – in, say, 1987, it would be a cult classic. Audiences in the 80′s would have fallen completely in love with it. And since we’re usually much more forgiving when nostalgia is involved, modern audiences would love it as well.

But because it was released in 2012, audiences didn’t really embrace it. I guess modern audiences have just moved on from that kind of film.

But I loved it. When I watched it, I felt like I did when I watched Robocop back in the late 80′s. It’s visceral, excessive, and fun.

Speaking of Robocop, the remake of that film just released its first trailer. From the trailer, I gotta’ say, the remake looks like it might actually be good.

That said, I read they’re targeting a PG-13 rating. Of course, that rating doesn’t mean it’ll be a bad movie. There are some great PG-13 movies out there. But it does mean the remake probably won’t have the same visceral feeling of the original.

And that’s where Dredd comes in.

If you’re looking for a spiritual successor to the first Robocop movie, I think you’ll find it in Dredd.

–Brandon


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John September 9, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Saw Dredd when it first came out. I had read a review which said the 3-D visuals were done very well. Now, I refuse to go to a 3D film unless it’s actually filmed in 3D, so I researched it and found it was filmed in 3D, so I went there and I loved it. The extra dimension added so much to the film, and was never gimmicky like a lot of other filmmakers seem to think it should be.

Anyway, after watching it, I came to the same conclusion as you. It is an eighties film. The certificate was another thing that made me want to see it. It was an 18 (What you Americans have as NC-17 I believe), and no comic book movie I had ever heard of had been more than a 15, so I knew they wouldn’t hold back from, what I understand (haven’t read any of the comics), is some very violent source material. Eighties films were never afraid of holding back, and neither was this film. Honestly, it is such an under appreciated film and should have done far better than it did.

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Brandon September 9, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Totally agree in all regards. I hope it gets a bit of a following now and ends up with a sequel. It deserves one.
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Dan O. September 14, 2013 at 3:57 PM

There’s an awesome-looking style to it that makes the action kick that much more ass, but in terms of action, I felt like they were missing something. Still, it’s a whole lot of fun. Nice review Brandon.
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Brandon September 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Thanks, Dan. I agree, it was fun. It wasn’t what most would consider “great cinema” but it was a good time.
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