Having not seen the original, I went into Dredd with very few preconceptions.

I liked the worldbuilding a lot. I love cyberpunk, and this film is a different look at the genre. I would go so far as to call the world created here one side of a coin and Blade Runner the opposite.

That said, I didn’t enjoy most of this film. I am probably in the minority here, but I absolutely hated the slow-motion sequences. The effect removed any sense of intensity from the action scenes, and overall made everything cheesy and cringe-inducing. The first scene where Dredd (Karl Urban) and Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) busted into the drug den and shot it up was garbage on every level.

I hate 3D. I hate the entire gimmick of it. It has, in my experience, never been utilized well and cheapens any film that incorporates it. Dredd does not change that.

This film’s worst offense is that it is a blatant rip-off of The Raid: Redemption. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing. However, despite copying it almost completely, Dredd manages to fail where The Raid: Redemption succeeded. The action sequences are not interesting, frenetic, engaging, or awe-inspiring. To put it bluntly – they’re boring as hell.

Dredd also stumbles into the pitfall that I despise most in any media – taking away a character’s abilities inexplicably to move the plot along. Anderson’s psychic powers miraculously disappear, allowing her to be captured by the gang members.

Dredd manages to be a mostly-boring, uninspired action film. Watch The Raid: Redemption instead.

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