Dredd Summary and Synopsis

In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called Judges, who combine the duties of judge, jury and executioner to deliver a brutal brand of swift justice. But even the top-ranking Judge, Dredd (Karl Urban), discovers that taking down Ma-Ma isn’t as easy as it seems in this explosive adaptation of the hugely popular comic series. In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called Judges, who combine the duties of judge, jury and executioner to deliver a brutal brand of swift justice. But even the top-ranking Judge, Dredd, discovers that taking down Ma-Ma isn’t as easy as it seems in this explosive adaptation of the hugely popular comic series. Dredd Wiki

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- Why is this not available to buy5 star

I own this movie and cannot redownload because it’s only available to rent. What’s up with that?

- Fantastic movie5 star

This movie is five stars in so many ways, totally awesome movie! I’ve seen it numerous times, one of my favorites!!!!

- Underrated movie! Must see!5 star

Well scripted and filmed. Less cheesy than original and much better IMO. I like the slo-mo scenes. Olivia Thirlby performed really well, I’m surprised she’s not in more movies. Overall very enjoyable and must see sci-fi action movie. Wish they will make a sequel.

- Ok but how Judge Dredd on Sale?3 star

Dredd has been on sale like 5 to 10 times but how the older & better Judge Dredd is never on sale?

- Rookie!5 star


- Terrible reboot1 star

Watch the original movie instead. This was a terrible movie and I turned it off after 20 minutes. Don’t waste your money or time with this terrible movie.

- One of the most underrated movies of all time5 star

What a great movie!!! If you are a fan of action, sci-fi or comics this is a must see movie.... it’s unbelievable to me that other much less entertaining movies got sequels and this did not.

- Excellent5 star

This movie is pure awesomeness. One of those movies you will watch many times and still love. Buy this one, don't rent.

- Dope5 star

‘Nuff said.

- Better than most movies today3 star

This is an entertaining movie. The action is good. However, the plot is not great. And the violence is probably what attracts most viewers. Wayne

- Oh it was awesome!5 star

Saw it in theaters. Loved the simple story well told!!! Get to the top! Hehehe

- Karl urban is a great dredd4 star


- None stop action5 star

Can’t stop watching this movie 🎥🍿

- A lost opportunity.5 star

There was so much promise with this movie.... THAT THIS MOVIE DELIVERED.... The lost opportunity is that there hasnt been any sequels or any plans to move forward with this franchise....

- Really, really solid action film4 star

Honestly, I feel this is one of Karl Urban's best films. He's incredibly stoic and clear as Judge Dredd. And his chemistry with the rookie Anderson is subtle but really obvious. This film left me wanting to know more about each character's backstory and I felt the fact that those were left alone was about the only disappointing thing about this film. Otherwise the cinematography is beautifully done, with "slow-mo" sequences of beautiful carnage in the city as well as on point directing with steady pace. This is a really underestimated, undervalued film that deserves more credit and a bette marketing campaign than it for when it came out.

- Greatest Dredd Film Currently5 star

This film is fantastic, especially for Dredd fans who were put off by the Stallone film. In which Dredd's face is revealed. No one is going to see that in this film. Urban actually refused to remove the helmet, insisting it stay on throughout the film so as not to upset the fans. However, the real reason I am writing this review is because Dredd has been added to a best revenge films bundle, on iTunes. Really Apple? Dread is hardly a revenge film. For those unaware, Judge Dredd is essentially a cop. One among many who have been empowered to act as judge, jury, and executioner. Judge Dredd in particular (and with admission of my own limited knowledge on the character) strictly adheres to the law, never wavering in his judgements. Judge Dredd is not a character who would seek vengeance (at least not imho), and none is sought in this film. So it doesn't make sense that Dredd would be included in a bundle dedicated to revenge.

- No1 star

No no no no no, no no, no no no no no no. Uhhh no no no no. No no, no, nooooo no no no. No wait... no

- One of the bests5 star

One of my all time favorite movies. I love it so much

- Dredd-ful1 star

The only thing worse than this movie is my horrible pun.

- *sigh*3 star

Good, but not great. Just... Meh. I heard this was an underrated movie and I decided to see it for myself. I really REALLY wanted to like this movie. However, I felt underwhelmed to say the least. It could have been so much better. I can see lots of potential for this and the over-the-top violence was cool to watch, but it is a slight disappointment. Sorry, but a "one and done" movie...

- Underrated film5 star

Underrated movie... perhaps most people/critics didn't like the violence/gore... I thought it was visually pleasing and stayed true to the Dredd comics... Alex Garland is the man!

- Dredd1 star

Love the movie hate the voice over explaining everything to me I am not blind.

- I get it and so will you.4 star

Think Dirty Harry grows up to be a street judge in an gritty futuristic urban sprawl with a Rookie in tow and having to deal with a believable nasty urban cartel villain. Fantastic friction ensues leaving you as a witness to a once in a lifetime story until you realize it is just another day for Judge Dredd. Reload and ride into sunset.

- read the comic2 star

Its much wittier

- Good movie! Dredd is awesome!4 star

I enjoyed this movie...it has great action...good plot and good actors! The fight sences were great! I never read the comics and i understood it! rent it if not buy it!

- great movie.5 star

this might as well be called just cause the movie.

- Maravillosa5 star

Es mejor que la primera versión... Lástima que no están Español

- Ready for Sequel5 star

Really well done. Pleasantly surprised. Film written by director of Ex Machina.

- A modern classic5 star

Truly inspired adaptation. Hopefully there will be a sequel.

- A Must Have !!!5 star

This movie is true from its comic form ! Men , dark and bloody it's truly an amazing film !

- Very enjoyable.5 star

This film surprised me with its grittiness, pacing, acting and story. The action felt grounded for a film of this genre. The violence was over the top however it didn't take you out of the story. The visual effects weren't bad even the digital squibs. If you're in the mood for a decent action adaptation then this is the movie for you.

- Awesome action movie!!5 star

Awesome action movie! Doesn't even compare to the original "Judge Dredd". Better plot, better action, WAY better graphics, better actors, better everything. This movie really should have received more center stage in theaters. A must see! If you are on the fence about seeing it... WATCH IT!!

- Excellent adaptation.5 star

When are they making another? Maybe a few more?

- Awesome!5 star

Great movie!

- Great movie fan judge dredd5 star

iTunes have this to buy for 19.99, amazon prime instant video have it for 14.99 to buy now why would I spend 20.00 on movie when I can get it cheaper at amazon? Great movie violent way it should have been you like dredd character or movie get this at Walmart blu ray for 9.96 or amazon instant video save five dollars

- Surprisingly good4 star

without a doubt, the best low budget sci-fi film i have EVER seen. i was shocked how much i liked it and so will you

- Make Another Dang It!!!!5 star

Loved it!!! Karl Urban is Dredd. Simply, make another one!!!

- Just Dredd5 star

This adaptation takes Dredd from a complex over thought political critique to a bare bones gritty ride though one day in the life of the future's most hardcore cop/detective/ Judge.

- The right duration5 star

This movie shows that you don’t need 3 hours to make a good movie with a good story and a good pace.

- Stallone should have moved over4 star

This is a hella-better version of the character and the way the Judge Dredd world should be depicted. Not the campy version we had way so long ago.

- Sweet5 star

This is a definitive Action movie, Urbans acting mixes Amazing Action, Good storyline, and its real enough that it makes you think. Loved this.

- whats so special?3 star

Why can't this be rented? i could buy this a lot cheaper somewhere else.

- Not seeing this film is a crime.5 star

A fantastic adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics. This is one of the best comic book movies in my humble opinion. Great action, a good gritty story, and amazing visuals. Truly a must see film.

- DREDD5 star

Dark and gritty like the comics. This Sci-Fi eye candy will have you feeling like MegaCity is an inevitable event. The sequels will be just as amazing if we can support this awesome vision of Dredd.

- Best comic book adaptation since Superman the Movie5 star

I've seen about every comic book adaptation and I admit my expectations were low for Dredd. Then I watched it. It is a stunning action film with Urban giving a performance that will never get the credit it deserves. It clocks in at only 90 mins and it is wall to wall thrilling. Olivia Thirlby is also outstanding as Anderson and Lena Headey excellent as the villain Ma-Ma. Be warned. It is violent. Very violent. Not for kids at all. It earns that R rating. Everyone else who not overly squeamish? Watch and enjoy.

- Worth buying5 star

Fans of comic films and police dramas alike will find something to enjoy with this film. While the violence level is quite high, you never feel like it is too much and the film's stars are more than up to the task of keeping your interest. It may never get a sequel but this film is going to be a cult classic. Check it out.

- A surprise win4 star

Didn't expect much of this but a friend recommended it. I watched the Sylvester Stallone version that was pretty terrible back in the day so I came in ready to hate it. Found it action packed and enjoyable, but a bit of a bloody mess -- I suspect to make the 3D version really pop. It all fist within the framework of a graphic novel about a hyper-violent future society though, so don't go into DREDD thinking the bad things that happen to folks with all the guns is going to be mostly implied. Hats off to the Director for DREDD keeping his helmet on throughout the film, I was waiting for the audience-pleasing reveal and thought it was great DREDD never let his guard down. Winner.

- Incredible5 star

one of my favorite movies, definetely worh it


It's action-packed and the girl is just beautiful!

- Ripp off1 star

Liked this movie when i saw it…but wait… Then I saw "The Raid"…the story a complete rip-off of a foreign film!!!!!

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SA Friday - A remake better than the original.4 star

This is way better than Stallone's Dredd and a closer adaptation of the comic character than the first movie. Stallone's Dredd sucked. This movie is far from that. If you want character development, go rent Chariots of Fire. You want a movie showing the true comic Dredd, this is it. He even runs out of ammo...

u84l582 - Must see action movie5 star

The slow mo scenes are beautiful and faithful to many aspects of the comic. Better than most gun blazing action movies you will not regret buying this. Dredd fans need no encouragement, buy this movie.

SorayaMariaS - BEST REMAKE EVER4 star

This movie was just gory fun. I you like Planet Terror, Pulp Fiction, or any of that you will like this.

gousan1 - Awesome movie!5 star

This movie is like a "sequel" to the first . While it updated a lot of things , it stays to true to comic books .

acstorfer - Dredd5 star

Initially I wasn't going to give this movie a chance. The Stallone version really disappointed me and left me feeling Hollywood could never do this character justice. I wasn't expecting much considering the main villain was an ex-prostitute named Ma-Ma. Luckily some friends of mine recommended it! I looked on iTunes and saw it was on sale, I went for it. This movie is fantastic! It was dark and brutal! It had a lot of action and it never had a dull moment. If you love raw violence at times, you will LOVE Dredd!

Dad's Pad - I want more Dredd!!!5 star

If you are a fan of fast paced blood and guts this Dredd is for you! From the very beginning to the end the action keeps coming. When will we get more Dredd?

musicman099 - Wow5 star

I love this movie. The special effects and whatnot are great. GO DREDD!!

Astorianyc - Just Action….5 star

It was a great movie. Just rent and watch it.

Ontodevelop - Description incorrect4 star

The future is mega-cites and judges are assigned districts to judge. This is a story that takes place in one of these districts. The story is good from this perspective. The people that write the descriptions need to actually watch the movie. Whoever wrote this description should be fired.

Jimmy Joe Billy Bob - Don't watch this film unless you have been lobotomized.1 star

Stupid, violent, predictable, unimaginative, poorly written, directed and acted. Oh wait, I just described most Hollywood action movies. If you are stupid, violent, predictable and unimaginative, I am sure you have already or soon will give this move 5 stars.

Death b4 dishonor 2514 - Actually a good movie5 star

I was surprised at how good this movie was.It is worth the watch

ICEMAN0_0 - Worth watching5 star

Way better than anticipated. Good action and acting. Started fast and stayed that way for the whole film. Highly recommended!

FPM_Michael - The best Dredd ever5 star

What can you say about a movie that takes the stupidity of, "I am the LAW!" and turns it in to 2 hrs of awesome. This was Dredd the way the Comic Books intended. If you are not a fan of the source material, you may not get it, but this is the truest account of what if was to read Dredd.

ohcc - stylish, but illogical premise and too violent2 star

I understand all the favorable reviews... "Dredd" knows its core audience very well and delivers what they want in spades... but this is not a "crossover" action movie. If cops have legal sanction to try, convict and execute perps on the spot, the perps have nothing to lose. They'll kill any passersby standing between them and survival. Which is exactly what the criminals in "Dredd" 's opening action sequence do. What citizenry on earth would vote such a system into law, or even tolerate it under martial law without rebelling? Yes, I know I'm not supposed to ask these questions of a shoot-em-up comic book action movie. But this unexamined error in logic is so glaring it made the rest of the movie preposterous to me. The violence is also way overdone. It was so graphic and there was so much of it that it repeatedly took me out of the movie. It would have been more effective the violence stayed this graphic, but was shown fleetingly. But "Dredd" clearly relishes its slo-mo shots of people's faces getting blown apart by bullets or their heads exploding from a 100-story fall, to the point of nausea. I felt too uneasy to laugh at any of the film's moments of irreverent humor, so gritty and excessive was the carnage. There's lots of fun, stylish details zipping in and out of frame (if only the violence were treated the same way!). The cinematography's unique color palette really stands out. The plot sustains interest and Karl Urban is a well-cast Dredd. You'd never guess it was the same guy who played Dr. Bones McCoy in the Star Trek reboot. I love that Dredd puts his helmet on in shadow within the first 2 and a half minutes of the movie and never takes it off, reducing him to a delightfully exaggerated grimace. He's not a personality or even a human being; he's The Law. Ma-Ma was also an intriguing villian. But the illogic of this particular dystopia and the grotesque violence kept me out of this one.

Snicketysnick - Amazing5 star

I went into this knowing next to nothing about Judge Dredd and not liking what I did know. That said, this movie blew me away. The effects and editing would be amazing even for a budget of half a billion (actual budget: 50,000,000. Barely above B movie cheese in this age), story, acting, pacing all incredible. Despite bombing at the box office it will go on to be an undeniable cult classic. I fully intend to spread the gospel of this movie and get everyone I know to watch it. I would even encourage pirating it because once its over, you will buy a legit copy out of respect and watch it again. It is that good. You owe it to yourself to watch this movie.

Cheddar420 - Not bad4 star

Good movie better then the first in someways deffently worth watching

33allen - DREDD5 star

Amazing! Great action, story etc...

bnorris80 - Not what I expected ....... it was great!!5 star

Karl Urban stoic and gritty performance proved he is on the same level as Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry was and still is today. This film shines through its rough, gritty, and gutsy take on an action flick set in a post-apocalyptic world on the same level of many of Paul Herhoven's classic flicks, i.e. Total Recall and Robocop. This film delievers as a suprise hit and should be given a sequel to expand on its universe. If not a film at least an animated feature and for God sakes bring back Karl Urban as Judge Dredd. He tears old Sly Stallone to shreads as the man who is judge, jury, and executioner.

amoviewatcher - Bloody Gory Movie worthy of 3D5 star

This is only movie that I've seen that justifies 3D and when ITunes get that version & I can get a flat screen 3d without glasses, I'll get that. That being said this version isn't bad even if tamed. There's a couple phrases I noticed were edited to downgrade to R, I guess for Apple. It wasn't complicated & it delivers what it promises. A pleasant surprise compared to most other movies.

Andy PC Doc - Awesome movie5 star

Possibly the Best dystopian Future sci fi movie released in a decade, Watch it, or you will be judged.

Tiger Woods Ya'll - Absolutely Loved It!!!5 star

Way better than I was expecting. This is what action movies should be!

Dub Mikey G - Excellent4 star

Great movie and true to the 2000ad character.

The True Reviews - Must Read5 star

I have no idea why people are trashing this movie. Great action. Absolutely loved it

maurice448 - BETTER THAN JUDGE DREDD!5 star

Karl Urban did a better job at playing Judge Dredd than Stallone did in 1995's Judge Dredd. That earlier movie was a comedy (Rob Schnieder) that was mostly Stallone showing his mug and flexing his muscles. This movie was dark, violent, bloody, etc. just the way it supposed to be. Plus, it is a lot more believable. Also, the Lawmaster motorcycle was better than that fat tricycle in the earlier movie. The only thing I liked about Judge Dredd was Diane Lane.

Memememeeeeeeeeeemeeemer - Great5 star

I really liked this judge dredd movie as much as i was wanting too. Much better than the 90s one with Sly Stallone and Rob Schneider.

gormanlarry - awesome5 star

Wasn't expecting this movie to be that awesome.. But it was. Embodied the comic character well.. Definitely recommend a purchase or rent. You won't be disappointed.

Johnny_F - Closer to the comic book than the original5 star

Dredd is a nice surprise when relating it to other remakes, a la "Total Recall", etc. Everyone I speak to about it says how they think it's better than they were expecting. In the comic book, Dredd is never (EVER) seen with his helmet removed. They do this in "Dredd". Anderson is a real character in the comic book as well, and they do a fantastic job of creating a story - a day in the life of Dredd without having the go into his back story. Just like one of the other Judges asks "Do you know who that is?" and the response was "No", but the Judge says "Well, I do", and that is all you need to know. Rent this, especially if you're a Sci Fi/comic book fan.

redsteel42 - best Dredd ever5 star

I love this movie. The special effects are great the slow motion kills are the best. making more movie please.

undesputed fighter wolf - Heart of dream and iron5 star

This was one of the coolest blade runner related films I have ever seen

Headhunter26 - Finally saw it and it was great5 star

After judge dredd, I was not looking forward to this one. I am not a fan of remakes... Especially when the first one was so bad. But this one not a remake at it. They did a fantastic job of being true to the comic and kept the action at just the right place. It was worth a rent for me. It will be for you too.

Gargamel74 - Excellent interpretation of the comic5 star

I've watched this movie at least 7 times to date since it first ran in the theaters. Simply put, as a lifetime fan of Judge Dredd, I was beyond pleased with this movie. The naysayers are most likely people that like to hate things others like. On another note, I know most people like to trash the 1995 movie, but there was so much that one got right as well. Comparing this movie to that one is like comparing Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie. At any rate, this is a far more mature and violent Dredd. It's worth watching repeatedly.

B.Dick - dumb movie1 star

weak plot, paper thin characters, boring

vinayd - absolutely awful1 star

do not pay any money to see this film, it's one of the worst things I've ever seen. save yourself.

Purity Prydain - Judgement Time!5 star

Truthfully, I was not expecting much after having seen the first Judge Dredd back in the 90's. However, this DREDD movie COMPLETELY BLEW ME AWAY! Non-stop action! Karl Urban channels a future Clint Eastwood from the iconic westerns. Olivia Thirlby is just fantastic as the rookie. And Lena Headey is thoroughly convincing as a ruthless, vicious villainess! I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this movie is!

funsize98 - Worth the watch.4 star

If you have any respect for the source material and understand that this is not a remake, you will enjoy this movie. Props to Urban for expressing at least 4 different emotions with the same scowl.

Bigdog1918 - Dreed not seeing this.4 star

Awesome epic film, action packed.

TheKillerPotato - Awesome movie5 star

This is an amazing movie! It takes full use of it's R rating, using plenty of blood and gore, but not too much to be excessive. It also treats the viewer with respect. The visuals are also amazing; the slow motion and effects are fantastic. I heard this movie didn't do well in theaters which is a shame, hopefully we'll get a sequel.

Tsurp - True Dredd5 star

Well done Karl Urban. If you enjoyed the comic, you will enjoy this.

Rokush - Pretty Good.4 star

After the stallone crap Dredd, I had low expectations for this one being good, but I was wrong. I enjoyed this one. Really good action and some good special effects.

Just so epic - Awesome5 star

One of the best movie I have ever saw the graphics r just amazing

Wudro - Loved it5 star

No snappy one-liners. No love interest. 100% less Rob Schneider. Judge Dredd the way it should be.

across milkyway - A Brain Splating Fun5 star

It is high octane, blood oozing, visually mesmerizing. It satisfy a deep yarning for black and white justice that all the criminals and misanthropes need to be swiftly squashed like rotten tomatoes.

UncleRico0055 - Dredd not watching this5 star

While there was certainly great apprehension in watching a repeat of something terrible, this has become an official top 5. This modern take offers a great take in not only visualization but also great performance in modern action genre. Any negatives that are aimed at this flick would probably come from someone expecting an Oscar nominee. As far as action is concerned, it is everything from an ultra-violent blow'em film that one can hope for and more. If you are a fan of great action with great visuals, this is a definite. Forget the old version for this film shines so bright as to not only blotch it out but leaves you craving for more. I can only hope that a sequel is underway.

AdamMauger - True 2000AD5 star

I grew up reading the 2000AD comic - whenever Dredds helmet came off they put a 'censored' banner masking his face - this movie is truer to the comic strip and much better than the first movie.

RAIDER T COINS - Anthrax5 star

I am the law!!!

(jk) - Can I get my money back?1 star

An entire movie where the lead character never takes off his face mask? Are you kidding? If this movie was supposed to be ironic or satirical, they buried it. If you like pointless violence, low-budget shoot-em-ups, lots of gore, and a three-minute story line in a 96 minute movie, then this one's for you.

Orangeblast6 - Surprised4 star

Was hesitant to watch this, because of the Stallone version, but was glad I did. It's not a great movie, but it was fun to watch.

KenjiMania - How Dredd Should Be5 star

Judge Dredd from the mid-90s with Sly Stallone is fine for what it is. But the true Judge Dredd never takes his helmet off and doesn't have any romance going on or over-the-top silliness or have Rob Schneider hanging around him. Don't get me wrong it's a good film for what it is. This adaptation is how the character should be represented. Yes, it's bloody and violent, but that's the character and the universe that has been created. The story is what it is, but you enjoy if you leave your brain outside the room or try not to think too much about the absurdity of what is going on. Karl Urban does a phenomenal job as the title character and Olivia Thirlby is a great supporting character as well. And the ever lovely Lena Headey is a wonderful villain, sexy and vicious all in one package. Good movie with a good runtime, it doesn't drag at any point. The effects are good and the slowmo scenes are perfectly timed and not just there to be there like many movies today. Worth the price, either as a download or hard copy.

Jerzjt - Drokk it!4 star

Much better than the Stallone debacle! True to the feel of the old comics. Want another one....soon! Maybe Judge Death!

charger02 - Cult Classic!5 star

I was a little skeptical but once Dredd got going I was hooked. Fantastic movie and well worth the iTunes price of admission.

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