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Judge Dredd Vs. Dredd: A Showdown

Judge. Jury. Executioner. Crime-hater. Friend. Lover. Ikaw na lahat, Judge Dredd!
by Gelo Gonzales | Sep 20, 2012
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With the onslaught of film reboots flooding cinemas, it is easy to dismiss remakes as “nothing compared to the original”. But here at FHM HQ we’d like to think that despite the mediocre reception that the rehashed, Colin Farrell-starring Total Recall brought upon audiences and critics (Governator Arnold for life!), remakes have the power to inject a fresh perspective on an otherwise abused idea.

Movies like The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Zack Snyder’s much awaited Superman follow-up Man of Steel are all promising, the first two actually delivering the goods critically and commercially. 

Which is why we decided to take a look at Dredd 3D, the latest reboot about to hit the market. The first film, Judge Dredd, which came out in 1995, was based on a British science fiction comic book and starred a pre-jacked-up-faced Sly Stallone as a law enforcement officer falsely accused of murder in a dystopic future where police are judge, jury, and executioner.

Now, it’s our (and your) turn to pound the gavel on which film has got the bigger guns. Take a look at our verdict and leave your much-appreciated comments below.

The actor   
Judge Dredd (1995)
Sylvester Stallone – Rambo re-imagined as a futuristic ball-buster of the criminally challenged was fun, to say the least. That costume highlighting his crotch area however, we’re not so fond of.      

Dredd 3D (2012)
Karl Urban – Karl who? Yeah, we thought the exact same thing. lists the Kiwi actor’s credentials as having played bit roles on The Bourne Supremacy, Doom, and Star Trek. This point easily goes to the original. We’re talking about Rambo for chrissakes! And Rocky Balboa as a menacing man with a huge ass gun! Sly takes this one, hands down.

The plot   
Judge Dredd (1995)
When Joseph Dredd is falsely accused of murder, he must find and destroy the forces that are out to ruin him.   

Dredd 3D (2012)
Officers raid the hive of a gang peddling the latest trend in reality-bending drugs, called SLO-MO. Though there are some controversy surrounding Dredd 3D’s plot similarities to Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption (which we suggest you see, like, now), a story with reality-altering drugs is far more interesting than an overused scapegoat plot. Point goes to Dredd 3D.

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The action  

Judge Dredd (1995)

'90s action films were filled with an excess of gunfire, explosions, and people getting ridiculously beaten to a pulp because Hollywood was at its peak and America was an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
Though that didn’t necessarily make the action here good or groundbreaking.  

Dredd 3D (2012)
If this movie is indeed being compared to The Raid: Redemption in terms of its stylistic action sequences, then Dredd 3D should be exhausting–but in a cool way. Plus if you’re seeing it in 3D, then expect bullets and blood to be flying at you in the theater. Point goes to Dredd 3D for this one. We love cheese-ball action as much as the next fella, but hey, all this new technology and modern angles on action really have amplified the game.

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