- It was pretty good, much better than I expected. I have a tiny quibble with the plot structure, but honestly that's more a matter of preference than a critique.
- It was also quite bloody and violent, so it certainly earns its R rating.
- The 3D was fairly well done, albeit mostly unnecessary.
- And they get Dredd pretty much right, which is more difficult than you might imagine, especially for an action movie.
Which is where the Stallone debacle went wrong (in part)--it's America, dammit, and we want our action heroes to take off the mask so we can see their face and see them emote and watch them learn from their mistakes and grow. Which is fine, but is anti-thetical to Dredd, who exists not as a real character, but as a comment on the bizarre world which surrounds him and as a social commentary and as a satire and...well, pretty much anything other than what we on this side of the pond expect from our leads.
(Minor spoiler in this paragraph) But this movie had the courage to let Dredd be Dredd. Urban never takes off the mask, never has a girlfriend. But the movie solves this problem by making the focus be on Anderson's rising and advancing of the spirit. Well played.
- Here is a free comic prequel that explains the background of the movie's villain--it doesn't spoil anything, just gives some depth to a character that was already well-performed by Lena Headey.