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Review: Dredd 3D

Slow-mo blow-ups
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of Jackasses were on to something when they shot their last movie in 3D; their formula of slow-motion + stereoscopic imaging was just about the greatest thing ever. What I didn't realize is how much this equation could be improved upon by adding faces getting graphically blown apart. If this doesn't sound like your thing, then you must be the fan of Sylvester Stallone's misguided movie of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's 2000 AD character, Judge Dredd. For the rest of you, erase your memories of Sly's bomb with this, director Pete Travis and writer/producer Alex Garland's lean reboot. We follow the trials of the helmeted law enforcement officer (the face-obscuring headgear remains atop good-sport actor Karl Urban's dome for the entire running time, as it should), who is judge, jury, and executioner in a plot that is otherwise a retread of The Raid: Redemption. But, fun as that film was, it failed to find the beauty in blood spreading across the screen.

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