YMMV / Dredd

  • Complete Monster: Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal is the de facto ruler of the Peach Trees apartment complex and the biggest and most aggressive drug lord spreading the Slo-Mo drug, which slows the user's perception of time, throughout Mega-City One. Her meteoric ascent to power in Peach Trees is noted as unprecedented for its sheer senseless carnage and bloodshed, as she and her followers slaughtered their way to the top (ironically by taking the top first, then slaughtering their way down the block) with a Slasher Smile on her face. She is introduced having several rival gangsters skinned alive, then thrown out a very long drop after being given Slo-Mo to draw out their deaths. When the Judges arrive to investigate and capture one of her chief lieutenants, Ma-Ma has the Peach Trees complex shut down to trap Dredd and his trainee inside to silence any witnesses. She has no compunction about any civilians getting caught in the crossfire, to the point that she opens fire into an apartment block with gatling guns to kill the two judges. Dredd, a trigger-happy Knight Templar himself, notes just how overkill this is. We later learn that she personally carved out the eyes of her lead techie to forcefully give him cybernetic implants and playfully threatens to gut him while issuing orders. The captured lieutenant is later returned to her, and she only refrains from killing him because she's running low on men at that point. She finally arranges to blow up half the complex, with a population of thousands, by detonating a bomb tied to her heart rate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 at least 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.
  • 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.