Movie Mastery – Judge Dredd (1995)

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A pretty horrible take on the property but it’s still probably better than the first two times they tried to make a Punisher movie. Also, for the mythology nerds out there, I know Bellerophon killed the Chimera not the Manticore. How does that reference come up, you ask? Better listen!

3 responses to “Movie Mastery – Judge Dredd (1995)

  1. Stallone’s face is weird since about half of it’s been paralyzed since he was born. It’s also why his speech is slurred.

    And now you know.

  2. Such a strange character to make a heroic film like this of. Dredd is, as you guys put it, like a force of nature. He is the pinnacle of dystopian violent bureaucratic efficacy. He doesn’t need a romantic sub-plot. He doesn’t need an idiot side-kick (indeed in the comics these are treated with full distain, and usually end up dead or in prison very quickly).

    Even the recent Dredd film makes him too friendly.

    This is a character that once turned a woman who saved him from dying into a basket case because she had latent psychic abilities, as that is what the law said should happen. ‘Should’, mind you, Not ‘Must’. She was drawing her last breath, hours after performing complicated surgery on Dredd to keep him alive, and he said, “Save her. I’ve got something in mind for her”. He is such an unreadable character (partially because you never see his face, in this scene covered with bandages), and so (to borrow another IPs metaphor) Lawful Neutral, I still don’t know if he though he was performing an act of mercy and saving her.

    Even in the early comics (from which this film draws many of the plots and characters), he was an insufferable action man.

    In fact, the only time we root for Judge Dredd, is when there’s an plot against Dredd, or the city, or some other greater evil comes out of the woodwork. Dredd is the monster you send against other monsters.

    God I love 2000 A.D.

    Anyway, I have a soft spot for this movie. Mainly because I was a kid when it came out, had a crush on Diane Lane, and the soundtrack is incredible. It’s all wrong for Dredd. But it’s incredible.

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