Verdict’s in on Judge Dredd
THIS bone- shaking, teeth- rattlingly violent epic makes mincemeat of Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 version of comic- strip lawman Judge Dredd.
On the ravaged streets of a vast futuristic American concrete jungle called Mega City, Judges like Dreddare also the jury, andexecutioners.
It pulses with explosive action from the start as Dredd ( Keith Urban, although all we see is his square bristly jaw beneath his helmet) goes after dealers peddling the latest brain- frying drug, Slo- Mo, an addictive inhalant that slowstheuser’sperceptionoftime. Whenthere’sacall to a grisly triple homicide, it turns out to be quite a training day for Dredd’s rookie sidekick Anderson ( Olivia Thirlby). But her psychic powers come in handy as the pair find themselves fighting a blood- splattered battleinthe200- story PeachTrees tower block where drug lord MaMa ( Lena Headey) runs her criminal empire.
If you’ve got a Smart TV screen and glasses I’m assured the 3D effects will knock you off your sofa, but even in regular 2D the Blu- ray is stunning. However, be warned, it’s not for the faint- hearted! Name another film about a tower block raid. Entries to Alex Gordon, Dredd competition, by Thursday, January 24.