D: Pete Travis
Lions Gate/DNA (Alex Garland, Andrew MacDonald & Allon Reich)
UK/South Africa 🇬🇧 🇿🇦 2012
W: Alex Garland [based on characters created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra]
DP: Anthony Dod Mantle
Ed: Mark Eckersley
Mus: Paul Leonard-Morgan
PD: Mark Digby
Cos: Dianna Cilliers & Michael O'Connor
Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), Olivia Thilrby (Anderson), Lena Headey (Ma Ma), Wood Harris (Kay)
In the mid 90's, Sylvester Stallone starred in a pathetic adaptation of Judge Dredd, the most famous character from the 2000AD series of comics. Needless to say it was absolutely terrible, but what do you expect from a comic book adaptation produced by Disney.
This version is far more truer to the source material. A violent sci-fi adventure set in a crime-ridden dystopian future, which is much closer to the original Robocop movie than the version mentioned above. The action takes place in a high-rise slum, controlled by criminal drug overlord Ma-Ma.
In a nutshell, it's Robocop meets Die Hard, with the comic book hero going from floor-to-floor, offing the bad guys as he goes.
This is everything that the Stallone version wasn't. An entertaining, thrilling slice of science fiction fantasy.