5 Movies in 5 weeks: Dredd

We’ve got a lot of movies coming out over the next few weeks. Kind of a rare thing in September and October. I’ll be reviewing these movies as I go. First up: Dredd.

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A movie that got lost in the shuffle last weekend was Dredd, which made it’s domestic release going up against End of Watch and House at the End of the Street. I don’t think anyone is expecting Dredd to make a splash at the box office. It’s not that kind of movie. However, anyone who’s looking for an entertaining 90 minute action movie that you don’t have to think about should give it a shot. Karl Urban plays Dredd and does a great job as the classic non-compromising, bad ass, good guy. In case you didn’t recognize him with the giant futuristic helmet on, Urban is the same guy who plays Bones in the new Star Trek. The helmet, which is standard issue for all Judges, never comes off of Dredd’s head throughout the movie.

Dredd never takes itself too seriously and that’s what I love about it. You know what you’re getting going in and it delivers on every R rated action movie check list. Blood, guns, naughty language and some freaky drug use scenes to boot.

No problem giving this one a 8 out of 10.

Next up is Looper.

-Mark

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