Director: Danny Cannon
Judge Dredd is a very cool character, but this was a very lame movie, as was the style in the mid-1990s. Judge Dredd is a very dark character, and he shouldn’t be humanized, or have Rob Schneider tag along providing comic relief. Unfortunately it seems like someone wanted to make a follow-up to Demolition Man, so applied the formula that worked there, to this film, where it just doesn’t have the same impact.
The year is 2139, and the justice system has been collapsed into one single unit, the Judges, who act as police, judge, jury, and of course, executioner. Civilization has continued to sprawl, and spew toxins into the air, leaving much of the planet a desolate wasteland dotted with Mega Cities. In Mega City 1, formerly New York, Judge Dredd is on the beat, gets framed for murder, and must fight the system.
It’s a great dystopian story used as backdrop for a slam-bang action and effects movie. It really isn’t an awful film, it just leaves you feeling empty. Superficial characters find redemption, the good guy wins, and Rob Schneider makes a series of one liners. A new Judge Dredd film has been rumoured for some time, but who knows if that will ever happen. If they do, hopefully they make it properly dark, and leave out the goofiness. By all means watch it, but just don’t expect a lot.
Review Date: 2010-07-24
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113492/