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Dredd (film)

Dredd is a 2012 sci-fi action film based on the comic Judge Dredd. It has nothing to do with the 1995 Sylvester Stallone flick. I was pretty weary of this film when it came out. It seemed like just another reboot. I didn’t have any expectations for this movie. In that regard, it was much better than I thought it would be. It stars Karl Urban (best known as Éomer, the horseback warrior in The Lord of the Rings or as Bones in the Star Trek reboot) as Judge Dredd and Lena Headey as the main villain.

Dredd is set in Mega-City One in a dystopic future. Crime is rampant. The only solution are Judges. They are judge, jury, and executioner. They are the law. Dredd is a Judge. He’s the main character. He’s tasted with seeing if a new recruit is worthy of being a Judge. They go out to investigate a triple homicide that’s part of a bigger scheme involving drugs and gangs and end up trapped in a giant skyscraper battling a powerful and eccentric villain. The plot is kind of like Training Day meets Die Hard, but with more explosions and less likeable characters.

Dredd is not a great film, however it’s still a solid action flick. It’s enjoyable. I would put it on the same level as Equilibrium. It’s not a game changer, but it deserves to be a cult classic. I liked it. I wouldn’t buy it or pay much money to watch it, but I wouldn’t change the channel if it was playing on TV.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2012 sci-fi film, and the twelfth cinematic installment of the Star Trek series. It’s a sequel to 2009’s Star Trek reboot and it’s once again directed by J.J. Abrams (so get ready for lens flares!). Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and John Cho all reprise their roles, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller join the cast. The film made $467,381,584 at the international box office, which is good enough to make it the highest grossing Star Trek film. Avatar made $2,787,965,087. Basic math tells us that Avatar is 5.965% better than Star Trek Into Darkness.

The basic plot of Star Trek Into Darkness involves Captain Kirk and Commander Spock matching wits with Kahn, a genetically engineered superhuman. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the basic plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. It’s more of a rehash/remix than a virtual retelling, but it pays homage to the Star Trek movies/episodes that came before it. There’s even a reference to tribbles.

I enjoyed this movie until someone pointed out that it’s not advancing the plot from 2009’s Star Trek. The entire crew was fully assembled and ready to go on adventures by the end of that movie. J.J. Abrams didn’t know how to proceed, so he chose to dismantle the crew at the beginning of the sequel so that they could reassemble by the end of the flick. It’s almost the same movie, only with new characters and a different villain with a different motive. It’s still entertaining; it’s just not moving the franchise forward. Oh well, I’m more of a Star Wars fan than a Trekkie anyway. Bring on Episode VII!

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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