The 411: Hollywood’s second attempt at bringing the British comic book icon to the big screen following the 1995 Sylvetser Stallone clunker, Judge Dredd. This time Karl Urban (Star Trek) puts on the signature helmet and takes to the streets of Mega City One delivering severe justice to lawbreakers under the guiding hand of director Pete Travis (Vantage Point).
Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) vs Judge Dredd (Karl Urban)
I am admittedly not the biggest Judge Dredd fan in the world but even with my cursory knowledge of the character from the very few issues of 2000 AD I have read, I know two things about Dredd: (1) He is not to ever be played for campy laughs (2) He should not take off the helmet. Stallone broke both of those rules with reckless abandon. He wore the helmet for possibly a combined 10 minutes of a 90 minute movie and he played the character for pure camp from the first minute he arrived in the middle of a firefight and stood there with his hands on his hips spouting off penal code violations.
Urban on the other hand plays Dredd straight and the remake is all the better for it. His Judge Dredd is a by the book, stiff, hard ass who metes of justice with minimal need for puns or quips after every shot is fired. And he kept the helmet on throughout the entire movie. Now I understand Stallone has spent a fortune on plastic surgery so he wanted to let his investment shine through but even with only his mouth and chin showing, Urban out acted Stallone by a mile.
Advantage: Dredd ’12