Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Lena Headey
Budget: $45 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $13.4 million
As a violent action-packed thrill ride, Dredd is a total success. Too bad nobody went to see it. We'll chalk that up to the bad taste left by Sly Stallone's earlier effort with the character. Stallone's film was a mock-epic about cops in a lawless future. It was melodramatic and cheesy.
Last year's incarnation was tight, brutish, and eye-popping. The slow motion violence was balletic and didn't outstay its welcome. Karl Urban snarled correctly, but didin't try to chew the scenery like Sly. It was all you could ask for, really.