Short Film of the Week: Judge Minty


Each week will try to bring attention to a short film worthy of your viewing pleasure. It may be a low budget indie piece or something made by industry professionals with millions of dollars behind it. It could be serious. It could be funny. Heck, it might even be rubbish! One thing is for sure though, it will be worth checking out.

If you enjoyed the recent sci-fi actioner Dredd than this week’s short film will be right up your alley. It’s a fan made short that follows the adventures of Judge Minty, a side character from the 2000 A.D. comics and colleague to good ol’ Dredd himself. Minty is an aging Judge on the streets of the crowded metropolis of Mega City One. After a showdown with a heavily armed gang leaves him badly wounded he decides the time is right to take “The Long Walk”, where a retiring Judge is sent outside the walls of the city into the “Cursed Earth”, a desolate wasteland filled with psychotic gangs and strange mutated creatures. His mission: “To bring law to the lawless.” And as Minty quickly comes to learn, his “retirement” is going to be very eventful indeed.

Displaying some seriously impressive visuals and scope for a no-budget fan film Judge Minty is a fun, pulpy trip through the world of 2000 A.D. The short is packed with action and the harsh, unforgiving tone of the comic is faithfully recreated. As a character Minty is a little more layered than the taciturn Dredd (who makes a cameo appearance) as he starts to feel pangs of conscience about his chosen profession while facing off against a relentless gang led by a seriously creepy dude in a hockey mask, who also has some annoying psychic abilities. And that’s to say nothing of the creatures that show up…

Obviously some of the usual issues you find with a fan film are present such as some iffy acting and budgetary stretch marks but if you can overlook such things the short more than makes up for it with its sheer energy and ambition. And in lieu of a Dredd sequel, Judge Minty will definitely scratch that Mega City One itch.

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[Image: John Wagner Photography Blog]

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