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Dredd Kicks Off Comic-Con
Empire's reaction to the 2000AD reboot

12 July 2012  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Dredd Kicks Off Comic-Con

Borag Thungg, readers! Comic-Con - AKA Cannes for geeks - kicked off here in San Diego tonight, and the main event was undoubtedly the first public screening of Dredd, the latest attempt to bring 2000AD's supercop to the big screen.

Empire was there, along with hundreds of braying geeks, and we're delighted to say that it's a solid, often excellent adaptation, and not at all Dreddful. Sorry, had to do it.

Karl Urban is excellent as the grizzled gunslinger (and yes, the helmet stays on throughout, which will please fans of the comic no end), growling his lines like a man who's just gritted his driveway using only his teeth, and the ultra-violence (which, in a way, may please fans while damaging its commercial chances) is presented stylishly.

It has problems: it's bound to suffer comparisons to The Raid, with which it shares a basic plot (Dredd, like Iko Uwais, is a supercop trapped in a high-rise full of reprobates; the only way out is to fight his way out) but has little of the invention or pulsating pace of that movie's fight scenes. It has a significantly smaller budget than the rest of this year's comic book movie crop, and at times it shows. But it's worth seeing for Urban alone, who erases any memories of the awful Sly Stallone vehicle from 1995.

For a full review of Dredd, stay tuned to Empire Online. And for more coverage of Comic-Con, do the same - and follow us on Twitter where we'll bring you regular updates from tomorrow, starting with the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 2 and Expendables 2 panels, to name but two.


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If you'd told me when I was a kid that it would take this long to get a good Dredd movie onscreen, I wouldn't have believed it. It's such a rich comic book universe with a dazzling array of characters and storylines to choose from, it's hard to screw it up. Even with the good reviews, I'm still cautious and I'll wait to see it myself. More

Posted by BenTramer at 22:30 on 12 July 2012 | Report This Post

Thank Grud!
Such a relief that they didn't screw this up, IGN have posted an 8/10 reveiw so good to see it is getting a positive reaction! Now lets hope this gives the film some hype momentum so it does well at the box office and we can get some sequels. More

Posted by Dave_25 at 18:43 on 12 July 2012 | Report This Post

The Crime is Life...
Hopefully it'll do well to warrant a trilogy; then Death will arrive! More

Posted by dgribble at 18:38 on 12 July 2012 | Report This Post

Brill
Can't wait More

Posted by danbo1138 at 16:42 on 12 July 2012 | Report This Post

I AM THE LAW !
Bring it ! More

Posted by Happy Shrapnel at 16:34 on 12 July 2012 | Report This Post

If this is somewhat succesful
perhaps they may make another?? I hope so, even though I haven't seen it yet. More

Posted by nybras at 14:43 on 12 July 2012 | Report This Post

Glad to hear that justice has been done to the greatest British comic book hero ever. Looking forward to it. More

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Glad to hear that justice has been done to the greatest British comic book hero ever. Looking forward to it. More

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