Articles & Notes — September 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

3 good reasons to watch “Dredd” (2012)

The “Judge Dredd” (1995) film with Sylvester Stallone wasn’t the perfect Judge Dredd movie. It was entertaining, it had the big stars, but it just wasn’t “Dredd”. It was time for a remake.

So, in 2012, we got “Judge Dredd” – with new stars, new looks and new story. And the new Dredd delivered.

Here are your top three reasons to see (or re-watch) the film:


One of the problems with Judge Dredd (1995) was that the character was portrayed by Sylvester Stallone. And despite that under the helmet, Stallone’s Dredd looked menacing, the action star’s star power consumed the character. You weren’t watching Dredd deliver justice.

You were watching Sylvester Stallone kicking ass, as always, playing Judge Dredd in a movie titled “Judge Dredd”. However, in “Dredd” (2012), the situation is different. Karl Urban doesn’t have Stallone’s star power. Besides, he never takes the helmet off in the entire film. Thus, visually, he stays in the character. And Urban’s voice as Dredd is just downright scary.


As much as we love Armand Assante, the villain in Dredd (2012) is just better. Ma-Ma (played by Lena Headey) is a whore, who becomes a drug dealer. A big time, merciless, ruthless drug dealer. She is ugly, having scars all over her cheek. She doesn’t care for ordinary people. She likes to skin her enemies and traitors alive. She’s a leader and all her goons know it.

While a lot of film fans associate Headey with “Game of Thrones”, her character in “Dredd” deserves a lot of credit. According to IMDb, the character Ma-Ma was originally written as an elderly woman but Lena Headey convinced to make her a middle-age person with a male-hater personality. It worked.

The “R” makes a difference

Both “Judge Dredd” (1995) and “Dredd” (2012) had an “R” rating, but the latter is a lot more brutal and gory, especially regarding the action scenes. Today, the violence in “Judge Dredd” looks cartoonish, while “Dredd” is much darker, bloodier and raw. Considering it is Judge Dredd we’re talking about, that’s the way it should be.

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