Unfortunately, the story was similar to the recent Asian blockbuster The Raid: Redemption. I am not saying they stole the idea for the plot, but because The Raid came out first and featured some excellent martial arts choreography, it overshadowed an interesting story in Dredd 3D. It made it something that you unfortunately may have seen before. There is one difference, that of the 3D and it added a bit of Hollywood flair to the familiar storyline.
Slow motion and special effects were given a reason to be in the film and even added to the impact of certain scenes. No big spoilers here, but Dredd tackles a drug gang with a recruit-in-training. The drug supposedly slows down sensory experience and thus added some cool scenes for 3D and shock value violence. It was nice to see a comic book movie stick to a basic story without other stories intersecting, but I was hoping to learn more about the dystopian society that is Mega City. There were a few glimpses into the future of East Coast America that left you wanting to know more.
Some of the Mega City One's other judges.
Judge Dredd, despite being a British creation, takes place in America. It sets it up for a better story if they make another movie. The bottom line for this movie is the level of violence that made me want to see it to begin with. Did enough destruction of property get damaged, enough blood shed and enough women and children put in harm's way? There's a good deal of violence but I feel nothing really new and original and not as much that would make feel ashamed I saw this movie.
Yikes! Is this what I really need to see before I recommend a movie? Maybe I have seen too many, even when violence in real life was what made me choose not to watch Dark Knight Rises when it premiered. I guess enough time has passed and I am okay with watching death onscreen again. I can't believe I am even writing these words. To sum up, I recommend seeing it only if you didn't see Raid:The Redemption or a Judge Dredd fan. Otherwise, it will keep until available on DVD or cable.