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This is going to be the debut review of my quarantine zone spectacular. Short movie reviews on all the movies I am consuming while being lock down.

Judge Dredd
Director: Danny Cannon
Writers: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Michael De Luca, William Wisher, Steven D. de Souza

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jürgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow
Release Date: June 30, 1995

Alright, right off the bat, this movie stars WAY more recognizable faces in Judge Dredd than I thought there would be. With the cast and investment in special effects for this movie, it’s safe to say this was expected to me a success.

Well…I don’t think this action movie is going to go in Stallone’s hall of fame. Judge Dredd doesn’t have enough of the charm and whimsy that other classics like Demolition Man (1993) or Assassins (1995) possess. Stallone, playing the uptight and never wrong titular character, gets his one-liners and over-acting moments. I seriously want to know that amount of times Dredd blinks in this movie. I don’t know if it’s even once.

The action is typical 90s with extensive explosions and lots of bodies flying on strings. The special effects are horrendous to look at now; aged, but not enough where it takes you completely out. The major drawback is there is no foil for the absurdity for Dredd. Diane Lane plays the female hero Judge Hershey, but she isn’t enough to carry everything else that is on the plate.

The biggest detriment comes with the villain, and a rather absurd secretly DNA cloned brother connection they have. Rico, played by Armand Assante, is not captivating as the big bad guy. You need someone a little flamboyant and over-the-top to match sure the balance beam that Stallone is weighing down.

Judge Dredd is perfect background action noise and if you want a good chuckle, you get to hear Stallone scream and yell with absurdly big eyeballs. I recommend Dredd (2012) with Karl Urban because it really does get so much more right. It does a good job embracing the absurdity, loving the violence and making the Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) into an utter bad-ass.

Judge Dredd is available for streaming on HBO Now.

STANKO RATING: C- (2.0/5 Stars)

“Judge Dredd” IMDB
“Judge Dredd” Rotten Tomatoes