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13th Apr 2024

One of the best action movies of the 21st century is on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

Its writer currently has another acclaimed action film in cinemas now so it’s a great time to catch up with this 2012 flick.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Saturday, 13 April) is Dredd, the acclaimed 2012 sci-fi action film based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd.

Karl Urban stars as the title character – a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a dystopian metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a near-future United States.

“One day, Dredd is partnered with Cassandra (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities,” the plot synopsis reads.

“A report of a terrible crime sends Dredd and Cassandra to a dangerous area controlled by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), a drug lord who will stop at nothing to protect her empire.”

The second adaptation of the Judge Dredd character following a ’90s Sylvester Stallone vehicle, the 2012 reboot is widely considered a vast improvement on its predecessor – earning rave reviews upon release.

In particular, critics praised its great cast – which also includes Ireland’s own Domhnall Gleeson – as well as its hard-hitting action scenes, its stylish visuals, its fascinating world-building and its faithfulness to the source material.

The movie is also noteworthy for being written by Alex Garland, who would go on to direct such modern classics as Ex Machina and Annihilation – as well as the excellent action flick Civil War, which is in theatres now.

Dredd is airing on TV on Film4 at 10.45pm. It is also available to rent on Apple TV and Rakuten TV.

You can watch its trailer right here:

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

A Few Good Men – RTÉ2 – 9pm


Free Guy – Channel 4 – 9pm

Ryan Reynolds is a video game character in this well-liked action comedy.

Midnight Run – Comedy Central – 9pm

Another older and more beloved action-comedy, this time featuring Robert De Niro’s most surprising performance.

The Girl on the Train – Channel 4 – 9pm

Emily Blunt leads the cast of this solid psychological thriller about an alcoholic divorcée who becomes involved in a missing person investigation.

Transporter 2 – Film4 – 9pm

Jason Statham is The Transporter again.

The Devil’s Own – Legend – 9pm

The poorly received ’90s thriller about the IRA starring Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford.

Enough Said – TG4 – 9.45pm

An acclaimed romantic comedy-drama starring James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Nighthawks – ITV4 – 10.30pm

Sylvester Stallone stars in this cult ’80s action crime flick as a New York cop tasked with finding a pair of terrorists.

Let Us Prey – Legend Xtra – 11pm

This creepy and violent Irish horror is set in a remote police station and follows a mysterious stranger (Liam Cunningham) who begins to take over the minds and souls of everyone inside.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory – Channel 4 – 11.15pm

The sequel to Steven Seagal’s best movie.

Radioactive – RTÉ2 – 11.30pm

Rosamund Pike stars in this Marie Curie biopic.

Ghost Stories – BBC One – 11.50pm

A supremely creepy horror about a man devoted to debunking fraudulent psychics (Andy Nyman), who is tasked with solving three unexplained paranormal events.

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