DREDD (2012) Dir: Pete Travis
The movie I’m itching to tell people about is DREDD - it’s a lean, mean powerhouse of a film and easily my favourite flick this year. It’s a brilliant fusion of photography, sound and ideas, influenced by the movies of Verhoeven and Carpenter with a bit of Peckinpah thrown in. And for once, the 3D works a charm.
It’s also astonishingly brutal in places - it’s a dystopian vision of crime and punishment, after all - but there’s a deeper, lyrical sadness to the action (as noted in Antonia Quirke’s review for the Financial Times), presenting something quite new and different.
Forget the risible Stallone attempt at adapting the same British comic book source material in the 90s - this movie makes like that never happened at all. Karl Urban plays Dredd in what must be one of the most ego-free performances you’ll see this year.