1995 Certificate: 15

Synopsis

"I AM THE LAW!" From the pages of cult comic 2000 AD comes this brash sci-fi actioner starring Sly Stallone as the lawman who can pass sentence on criminals without wasting time in court. Unfortunately, evil-doers on both sides of the law are determined to keep their 21st-century metropolis in a constant state of chaos. And that means taking Dredd out of action. Armand Assante, Diane Lane, Max von Sydow and scuzzy sidekick Rob Schneider variously help and hinder his cause.

Director

  • Danny Cannon

Cast

  • Sylvester Stallone

  • Diane Lane

  • Armand Assante

  • Max von Sydow

  • Rob Schneider

  • Joan Chen

  • Jurgen Prochnow

Review

A fast and furious futuristic film with echoes of Things to Come and Metropolis.

Although it won no acting Oscars, this is a visually imaginative action fantasy, whose praiseworthy production design creates a ghetto city rising to orange skies through which spacecraft buzz like hornets and mosquitoes.

The rule of law is administered by motorbike-riding 'judges', the most feared of whom is Sylvester Stallone's Dredd, an artificially-created judge who recognises nothing but the law.

But there are elements who want him out of the way, and his evil brother (Armand Assante) seems the ideal tool.

There's a smashing airborne chase on flying motorbikes and lots of massive baddies for Dredd to beat.