It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Dredd.
Future law enforcer Judge Dredd first appeared in British comic 2000 AD in 1977 and became an instant cult hero. His film debut in 1995 was less auspicious, however, with a mumbling and miscast Sylvester Stallone in the lead. Fortunately, screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later) seized the opportunity to revisit the character in 2012 and delivered the film that Dredd’s legion of fans had always wanted.
Kiwi Karl Urban is perfectly cast as the eponymous lawman who patrols the streets of future metropolis Mega City One. Working with psychic rookie Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), Dredd must take down a ruthless drug lord (Lena Headey). Ostensibly resembling The Raid, with the non-stop action largely confined to a tower block in lockdown, Dredd is a fantastic – and proper – introduction to the character and his dystopian world. With a wealth of comic book lore and adventures to draw upon, Dredd deserves his own cinematic universe!
Four reasons why Dredd rocks:
1. Lena Headey’s scarred and sadistic Ma-Ma, who’s even nastier than Cersei Lannister!
2. Karl Urban’s portrayal of the iconic character.
3. The relentless – and bloody – action set pieces.
4. The surreal depiction of the effects of the drug Slo-Mo.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.