Judge Dredd (1995)

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In a dystopian future, Dredd, the most famous judge (a cop with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.

Film Overview
"Judge Dredd" is a 1995 action science fiction movie directed by Danny Cannon. Based upon the "2000 AD" comic strip "Judge Dredd", it lies in a dystopian future where much of the Earth has actually become an uninhabitable wasteland, and individuals are focused in Mega-Cities. Within these cities, police is kept by "Judges" who can apprehend, adjudicate, and perform charges-- including death-- quickly. The title character is played by Sylvester Stallone, with supporting roles by Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Diane Lane, and Max von Sydow.

In Mega-City One, Senior Judge Fargo (Max von Sydow) and his protégé, Judge Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone), are entrusted to keep law and order amidst the chaos. After auto-gun fire throughout a block war results in the deaths of innocents, Dredd arrives and apprehends Herman Ferguson (Rob Schneider). Throughout Ferguson's court hearing, Dredd sentences him to five years jail time on the Aspen Penal Colony.

Following a series of murders of Judges, Dredd is framed for killing a news reporter and his partner, with evidence pinning him found at the crime scene. Despite pleading his innocence, Dredd is found guilty due to DNA proof. Before the death sentence is carried out, Judge Fargo actions in, retiring in exchange for Dredd's life.

With Fargo's intervention, Dredd's sentence changes from execution to life imprisonment. On his jail transportation with Fergie (Ferguson), he discovers the reality about his origin and his sibling Rico (Armand Assante). They are 2 clones developed in the Janus job under Judge Fargo, intended to be perfect Judges. Nevertheless, Rico turned homicidal and was sentenced by Dredd himself. Rico, now left, is the one behind the judges' murders and framed Dredd for his liberty and vengeance.

The transport jail gets shot down, and Dredd, teamed up with Fergie, leaves and travels back to Mega-City One to confront Rico. Meanwhile, Rico, aligned with damaged Judge Griffin, prepares the second Janus job meaning to develop a brand-new order of perfect Judges.

Upon arrival, Dredd reveals the truth about Rico to Judge Hershey (Diane Lane). They handle to penetrate the Council of Judges' chamber filled with faithful clone soldiers. A battle takes place in between Dredd and Rico, ending with Rico's death.

Judge Griffin is eliminated, and the Janus task is damaged in the process. The Council of Judges wants to reappoint Judge Fargo as Chief Justice, but they discover him fatally injured throughout his retirement in the wasteland. With his passing away breath, Fargo asks Dredd to revive order and reconstruct the Council. Finally, Dredd, initially stiff and connected to the law, displays growth by turning down the position of Chief Justice left vacant by Fargo, choosing rather to serve on the streets.

Reception and Legacy
Judge Dredd was consulted with mixed reviews from critics and underperformed at the box office however has actually since gotten a cult following over the years. The film was criticized for its campy tone and straying from the initial comic's darker, more satirical themes. Despite its imperfections, it is kept in mind for its fancy cityscape styles, action sequences, and Stallone's unique representation of the Dredd character.

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