YMMV / Dredd


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The homeless man squatting outside Peach Trees. Dredd quizzes Anderson, who answers the punishment is several weeks in prison, but their murder investigation should take priority, so Dredd tells him to leave before they come back, then later arrests him when he's still there. Was he intentionally trying to get arrested to get off the streets?
  • Cult Classic: Since its DVD release, it got a bigger following, a sequel petition and won out in Amazon's March Movie Madness poll in 2014, beating out such films as Pulp Fiction, Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Clan Techie. While quite underrated and a bit-part at best in the movie, he's played by Domhnall Gleeson, who went on to star in quite a few high-profile movies after 'Dredd''. The Clan Techie has garnered a small fanbase as a result. One of the sequel comics actually focuses on his life after the Peach Trees incident.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: This is the first Judge Dredd film to examine the core premise of the comics; Democracy Is Bad. If people can't learn to live together peacefully on their own, all that's left is the Appeal to Force; the shotgun blast of Ma-Ma's enforcers, or the surgical ruthlessness of Dredd and his fellow Judges. Either way, civilization is held together by mutual self-interest or unreasoning fear; a fear the Judges know all too well how to exploit.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ma Ma's Rape as Backstory has a whole new meaning in light of Lena Headey being one of the many women accusing Harvey Weinstein of being inappropriate towards her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Ma Ma's death by being shot and thrown from a height would be echoed in the comics in the form of PJ Maybe's death.
    • In the legolambs Dredd: The Musical song, a Karl Urban impersonator complains about not getting a sequel, while Thor gets one. Now, Urban is playing Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.
    • Urban's casting as Skurge is hilarious in and of itself, as Skurge is also known as the Executioner in the comics.
  • Jerkass Woobie: In this comic, Ma-Ma was surprisingly enough, portrayed sympathetically as a prostitute trying to escape the grim life of streets, until she snaps when her friend is tortured and murdered.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Perps were ... uncooperative," and variations of it.
    • "I am the law." Obviously.
    • "[Insert random comment] is an automatic fail."
    • Posters of upcoming sequels to subpar films that came out after Dredd accompanied by a picture of Dredd scowling have become quite popular on the "Make a DREDD Sequel" Facebook page.
    • Judge Dredd is not amused.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ma-Ma crosses it for some in the audience in her very first scene, in which she orders a trio of drug dealers Flayed Alive. She crosses it for everyone else when she callously massacres an entire floor of innocent people just to kill the two protagonist Judges. Which she fails at doing.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Due to budget constraints the over-the-top look of Mega City One and the Cursed Earth were toned down significantly. To go along with this theme other things were toned down as well. Most notably the judge's uniforms were much more realistic body armor as opposed to the spandex with gigantic shoulder pads. They did however keep the iconic helmets and badges. The Lawmaster cycle was also toned down to the point of actually being a usable practical effect. Because of these changes the movie places much more emphasis on the crapsack world Mega City One is and focuses much more on the characters. Fans of the comic greatly preferred that to the Stallone version.
  • She Really Can Act: Olivia Thirlby's best known role before this was a very different kind of film, but she manages to hold her own with Karl Urban and that's no small feat.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some fans voiced dislike of the film thanks to the helmet being bigger and the smaller Eagle (the shoulderpads). It should be noted though, that some early stories had smaller shoulder pads Depending on the Artist.
  • The Woobie: The Clan Techie, who had his eyes gouged out by Ma-Ma with her own hands, had them replaced with cybernetic ones and is threatened with death or torture if he fails. Or if she's bored. Thank god Anderson let him go.


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