Judge Dredd, the 1995 big screen debut of Britain’s most celebrated comic strip, doesn’t suck because the titular character, played by Sylvester Stallone, takes his helmet off, but it’s an easy peg to hang criticism from. After all, on the page Dredd, a grim lawman policing the streets of a vast, dystopian metropolis that encompasses the entire Eastern Seaboard of North America, never unmasks—he’s faceless authority personified.

When it came time to take a second crack at a Judge Dredd movie, one thing was certain: the lead character would remain faceless. Played by Karl Urban, the Dredd of Dredd is all jutting jaw, terse pronouncements, and sudden violence. Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) from a script by Alex Garland (Ex MachinaMen), Dredd isn’t exactingly faithful to the source material, but this choice sent a message to fans disappointed with the previous effort: attention was being paid to the important elements.

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