To save his city during the Apocalypse War Judge Dredd nuked
the enemy state of East-Meg One out of existence, ending the
lives of five hundred million people. Twenty-two years later
Dredd is subjected to a brutal interrogation to discover the
truth about what happened. Can even the future's toughest
lawman survive this sadistic inquisition?...
during April 2126, War Crimes sees Dredd's actions
during the Apocalypse War being questioned - to the point
where even the chief lawman himself begins to wonder whether
they were totally justified.
whole production (apart from the Apocalypse War flashback
at the start) is confined to an interrogation cell. This is
nothing like the Dredd stories previously released,
result being more reminiscent of a Radio 4 play - it even
has the makings of what could be a fantastic stage production.
the whole production ultimately rests on the shoulders of
the two main actors playing Dredd and Isaacs, Big Finish really
are fortunate to have Toby Longworth and Caroline Burns Cooke
in this audio drama. Even a slight hint of ropey acting and
the whole thing would have failed miserably. Thankfully there
isn't, so it doesn't. John Ainsworth's direction is also spot
on. When you strip down the narrative for War Crimes
it's a very simple story, yet somehow Ainsworth manages to
milk every minute for what it's worth - without ever stretching
the material. This is a master at work.
proves what a versatile voice artist he is by doubling up
on roles - not only does he play Dredd, but he also play Nikolai,
a Mega-City citizen who survived the nuclear bombardment of
his city. These segments, which are inserted into the main
narrative as an audio diary of events that unfolded after
the bombs rained down, are extremely chilling. This is just
one of the devices used by the production to conjure up awful
images in the mind of the listener - another example is Dredd
being subjected to some horrific torture. The music also helps
to add to the atmosphere.
plot twists and turns numerous times before the conclusion.
most powerful Dredd production to be released so far
by Big Finish. A total joy from beginning to end.
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