Yes, the original is a darkly comic satire- above everything else, Dredd was funny and absurd. A society where sugar is banned as an addictive substance and where an epidemic crime wave was about people immersing themselves in a rubbery-substance and 'boinging' themselves off of high buildings, bouncing around for fun... Where they did micro-stories of the like where Dredd goes on patrol and cannot find a single person- perp or victim- who is not wanted for a crime, or when he visits a youth rehabilitation centre which is notable because it has reduced a 99% recidivsm rate to 97%.. Where sentient apes form a major criminal underclass. It was a wild science storyline that was happy with alternate dimensions, time travel and magic. A setting where Ireland has been turned into a giant theme park (in stories written by Garth Ennis, no less). It was NOT just a near future grim dark cop story. It was a continued comment on power, justice, politics and community, all wrapped in absurdly violent and wild storylines.
That's where they miss the style. As for the details...
There's also no death sentence in the original!!!
As soon as they start saying '... and executioner' or lines like 'the sentence is death' (which is the evil alternate dimensional entity Judge Death's line!) in the films, they've lost it. Sure, the Judges kill like crazy in combat (and life is laughably cheap in the whole thing) but that's only in self-defence. There is no crime with capital punishment and their objective is always to take perps alive.
"We've got maybe seconds before Darth Rosenberg grinds everybody into Jawa burgers and not one of you buds has the midi-chlorians to stop her!"
"You've never had any TINY bit of sex, have you?"
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