I did not see the original, however this movie was a fun action movie that I wish had not bombed.
Dredd was a nice fun action movie that you can grab a pizza and a beer and watch.
It starts off with Dredd taking on a girl with psychic powers on a tiral run to see if she is ready to become a judge. The girl failed the tests but due to her powers she is getting a second chance.
The movie does a good job of setting up the world, and for a 90 minute movie to expect more is ridiculous. It starts off with a pretty cool action scene and does not stop.
If you are looking for a movie with a well developed complex plot, with character development, and the like go elsewhere. This is an 80s action flick that delivers.
I will not summarize the movie however Dredd and the girl get caught up in an apartment complex with the main villian who is developed decently well for an action movie, however you never think she is actually going to kill Dredd as she alone is not too powerful but has powerful allies which come in.
The movie does a good job of touching on some social issues such a drug use, poverty, and other behavior that some who have nothing might be forced to do when they have no other options. There was also some pretty entertaining scenes between the psychic and just about everyone and her powers are put to good use throughout and not ignored and relied upon for lazy story telling.
There are some nice shooting scenes in the film, along with some good dialogue for an action movie and some pretty funny scenese as well. The movie itself doesnt really have any dead time, as it cannot afford it with its runtime, and that works to their benefit as the entire movie is a nonstop action thrill.