Judge Dredd

release year: 1996
genre: sci-fi/action
viewing setting: home laserdisc, 8/31/97
what I expected: couldn't remember (it'd been a while)
what I got: A movie with a good premise, but increasingly obvious flaws

synopsis: It's the wild, violent future, where cops have the power of judge, jury, and executioner all at once. The system, however, is corrupt, and begins to destroy itself...unless one Judge can stop it.

impressions: This was rated R, but they didn't take full advantage of that fact. Honestly, the supporting character/jokester guy was both unnecessary and stupid. The Judge Dredd character changed, from a serious take-no-shit kind of guy to someone bound by the whining and complaining of aforementioned supporting character. I can't harp on this enough. Aside from that, the sets and props were kinda neat.

acting: Stallone was perhaps born to play roles like this. Diane Lane is good as his fellow Judge, who's a little more brains and a little less action. As I mentioned, the supporting guy (if you've seen the movie, you know who I mean) is pretty much just an irritant.

final word: It had potential, but I'm finding that it also has bad spots.

rating: C

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