This movie is campy, terrible, boring and as Rob Schneider in it. Absolutely unimpressive dialogue, ridiculous scenarios and as Rob Schneider in it.
I am the movie law!
I am the movie law! Judge Dredd opens with a text crawl narrated by none other than James Earl Jones, followed by Fergee (Rob Schnieder) being released back into a deplorable society after serving a prison sentence for hacking. When he arrives in his new living quarters, he’s greeted by a firing squad who partake in a riot, and results in him hiding a food recycler that perfectly showcases how stretched resources are in this society. To deal with the riots, street judges, which are cops, judges, juries, and when they decide, executioner, and it is here we meet our lead: Judge Joe Dredd (Sylvester Stallone), along with other judges Hershey (Diane Lane) and a few others, who wait for backup that comes in the form of Dredd. Long story short, he stops the riot, and even figures out that Fergee hid in the food recycling machine, sentencing him to jail right there, despite explanations that he wasn’t hacking the machine. What follows is Dredd being forced by Chief Justice Fargo (Max Von Sydow) to train cadets two days a week, and after a frame-up, Judge Dredd is sentenced to prison, where he reunites with Fergee on the transport, and escapes when a group of wackos living outside the mega city shoot it down, and what follows after that is them working together to get back to Mega City 1. It’s short and sweet at less than a hundred minutes, and is clear from beginning to end what’s going on and why Dredd does what he does. He’s developed as a hardcore follower of the law who realizes that the man made law he’s enforcing may not be perfect, as emphasized by Fergee, the eyes and ears of the audience, which helps me transition into my next point: the social commentary. This is obviously a commentary on crime and the criminal justice system, which is timely when you recall the crimewave of the early 1990s, which may have been an influence on this movie. They do a really good job at being subtle on that and focusing on Dredd and Fergee’s journey home. My only complaint would have to be the dated visual effects that give the Star Wars Prequel CGI a run for their money. There were a few obviously fake green-screens and there was a certain level of fakeness I couldn’t get out of my head with the CGI. Otherwise, everything there enforced the dystopia and the message of what happens when government overreaches. Alan Silvestri soundtrack conveys the appropriate emotions, and feels appropriate in the dystopian setting, though a little more techno would have helped. Judge Dredd, the character and the movie, lack a sense of humor, but it’s ok for the tone, and there are a few laugh-worthy lines here and there, with surprisingly clean language for an R-rated movie. The themes and occasional blood may be the reason for it, but that’s just me, because like the legal system in this movie, the MPAA is difficult to understand.
Oldie but a goodie
I saw this movie when I was 7. No I am in my late 20s and I still love it.
YOU BETRAYED THE LAW!!!!!
I loved this movie
By Steven Ledingham
I’m shocked to see such low reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, guess they must have been watching a different movie or their expectations were totally different from mine. I thought it was a very well done movie and enjoyed all of it. I sometimes think some viewers get upset if they see Stallone deviate in the least from their expectations i.e. injecting humor or even making fun of himself in a role. I am not one of those people. I think this is a great science fiction movie and ranks as one of my all time favorites along with the “Fifth Element”, “Demolition Man” and the (Schwarzenegger version) of “Total Recall”. Don’t get me wrong, I like “Dune” and “Avatar” as well but Stallone is so accessible in “Judge Dredd and “Demolition Man”, as is Schwarzenegger in “Total Recall” that I enjoy watching these movies several times a year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Great action and satire and a bit of humor all wrapped into one. ENJOY!
Mildly entertaining, rent the new version instead.
This is a late 80's style movie with cheesy plastic costumes and cartoonish props. Think old batman movies versus Dark Knight series new. Takes awhile to get going, but good way to kill a few hours on an airplane. Has all the rights elements, just doesn't quite work. Again, rent the new movie versus this one.
Waste of time.
This is quite possibly the worst comic book film adaptation ever. Stallone and Sizemore do well considering the rubbish of a script they were handed. However, the reboot Dredd is amazing and more true to the old comic. Better off picking this one up in a bargain bin at a flea market.
JUDGE DREDD: I AM THE LAW!
By Winter Glass
...Do we need a special petition just to purchase this movie?
FYI - the new one sucked. Any time the punchline, i.e., Slo-Mo, is given away during the previews you're in for a terrible time. Can the smart people in the room determine what the new "Dredd" relied on...see sentance 2 for the answer..
Please for the sake of movie goers everywhere make this available for us to purchase. I need good memories to wash away the tragedy of "Dredd"....
Brandon Rakauskas's review
By B Rizzle150
This awesome sci-fi film is non other than a all time classic. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen and I highly recommend it. It is based on comics and to me follows them well. Sylvester Stallone does an excellent job and speaks in complete sentences. Great film.
Make Judge Dredd available to buy please and thank you