Scaretober-Movie Review: Dredd

For the month of October I’ve dubbed it Scaretober in which I will be blogging every day in October. No, it’s not just random blogs in October but specifically scary movies movies. I’m definitely not one of those girls that enjoys scary movies by any means in fact this is a HUGE challenge for me since I’m such a wimp when it comes down to it. Some of the movies reviewed will be super scary and others will just be 90′s cheesy scary compared to today’s standards. There will be a few days during this month that I will be putting up more than one posts, because sometimes you can’t hold any awesome back when it comes to the blog.

Today’s movie is Dredd
Karl Urban in Dredd (2012)

Dredd is a movie set in post apocalyptic  Boston/Washington D.C. which is now called Mega City. The world is now just a relic of what it once was and there is no real justice system now, just a place called the Hall of Justice that hires people called judges to deliver justice to everyone. The judges go out on patrol and when they find someone breaking the law they can report in to command center and find out if they are a repeat offender and after that they are allowed to deliver judgement based on that. Dredd is one of the few honest judges left in Mega City and he is asked by his superior to take on a protege named Anderson. On their first assignment Anderson decides to take on a triple homicide in a place called Peachtrees. Peachtrees is known to be a ghetto part of Mega City and most judges do not even bother going up there. While Dredd and Anderson are in Peachtrees investigating the homicide they discover that it is not a homicide at all, but rather a vengence killing sent to deliver a message from the drug lord gang leader Ma. The officers in the area tell Dredd and Anderson that Ma owns the block and that after she got out of the hooking business she took over the block one floor at a time making all the gang leader obey her or else. Dredd and Anderson manage to bust a drug house and arrest one of Ma’s dealers. Ma has been dealing a street drug called Slow-Mo which makes everything appear that it is going in slow motion. Ma gets upset that her dealer is arrested and shuts down the block and orders that Dredd and Anderson be killed. Dredd and Anderson both end up making it out of the block alive killing Ma with her own drug and discovering in the process that she not only was the biggest dealers of Slow-Mo but that she also had some of the judges in her pocket. At the end of the film it would appear that Anderson no longer wants to be a judge even though she passed her first day.

I really enjoyed this movie and have no idea why I thought that it would be scary. Perhaps it is because it looked a lot like the comic book movies with scary villains that have come out in recent years. I loved the visual effects in this movie and thought that the directors did a good job with the story line and characters in the movie. I would have loved to learn more about Dredd’s past and why he appears to have such a swift deliverance of justice.  I hope that I will see you again soon for another Scaretober post soon.


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