Strap on your helmet (and leave it on) because Judge Dredd is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the (helmet-less) DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Katherin the Great.
Review in a Nutshell: Despite its high production values, Judge Dredd stumbles because it tries to turn a dark and satirical British comic book into a big, dumb, American action movie. The casting is questionable, the dialog is hammy, and the performances are mixed, but man does that ABC Warrior robot look cool.
“AAHHH EMMM DUH LUHHHHH!”
“That’s good, Sly! That’s almost a sentence – we can use that!”
All I remember about this is that it wasn’t half as good as Demolition Man, and that was about two rewrites away from being a decent subversive satire/adventure it wanted to be.
It’s funny, but that “Dredd turns into a werewolf” is the one comic that introduced me to Judge Dredd. I believe it was Eagle Comics that was reprinting them and other 2000AD strips in America.
I also remember there was other satires like the Uglies, where plastic surgery to make them beautiful was so passe that people were getting surgery to ugly themselves up. Also, I don’t think you’ve read or heard of the Dredd: America trilogy, which has the opening of Dredd standing on an American flag covering dead democracy protester, while in the background the Statue of Liberty is dwarfed by a statue of a Judge on top of the Megacity Hall of Justice. While the situation is not as it seems (since you have to read the story to understand how it gets there), it definitely tells you that the Judges aren’t this perfect society. I do give it to Pat Mills that he does give Dredd some pause if he’s really doing the right thing, like in America or in that 2000AD story that isn’t obvious that it’s a Dredd story where Dredd has amnesia in the Cursed Earth and he comes to respect a mutant out there.