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It’s Saturday night. The game is on. The town is yours. You’re ready to go. But you need a little cinematic pep-talk. A movie that’ll get your adrenaline rushing top speed. Something with action, adventure, excitement… hell, maybe even something fantastical every so often. This week, our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Saturday Night Fever is Dredd.
Judge Dredd is comic book property tailor made for the kind of ultra-violent action film that turns heads and stomachs alike. When the 1995 Stallone vehicle didn’t deliver, the universe seemingly righted itself with the release of Dredd in 2012. Cut out all the goofy filler, replace Sylvester Stallone’s ever-curling lip for Karl Urban’s best grimace and what you have is a streamlined action thriller that’s simply thrilling.
In the future, America has become a dystopian wasteland laden with huge mega cities and skyrocketing crime rates. The only thing protecting the streets are the Judges, who unilaterally clean up the streets by serving as judge, jury, and executioner for those that dare to commit a crime on their watch. Two Judges, Judge Dredd and a new recruit named Anderson go to investigate a large residential tower held in control of a drug trafficker named Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) but are soon locked in, while Ma-Ma sets a bounty on their heads. What follows is a literal tower of terror.
Dredd is, simply put, bad ass. It’s the Judge Dredd movie we all deserved back in 1994. It’s brutal, tense, exiting, and well worth a Saturday night full of popcorn munching.