Joe Alblas
Darren Franich
October 19, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dredd 3D

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/21/12
performer
Lena Headey, Karl Urban
director
Pete Travis
distributor
Lionsgate
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it an B+

These days, the typical Hollywood action movie is a bloodless PG-13 affair featuring a protagonist on a journey of self-discovery. Then there’s Dredd 3D, a darkly funny blood-soaked romp about a guy in a helmet who kills a lot of people. Karl Urban stars as a supercop locked in a skyscraper filled with criminals who want him dead. Adapted from the same British comic as Stallone’s forgettable Judge Dredd, this one makes the most of a familiar Die Hard-ish premise. Director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle creates an evocative dirty-neon future world. Paul Leonard-Morgan’s thumping techno soundtrack is thrilling. And Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice — and his chin. B+

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