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Dredd (2012)

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In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Urban ... Judge Dredd
Rachel Wood Rachel Wood ... Control Operator 1
Andile Mngadi Andile Mngadi ... Passenger
Porteus Xandau Porteus Xandau ... Driver
Jason Cope ... Zwirner
Emma Breschi Emma Breschi ... Hostage
Olivia Thirlby ... Anderson
Rakie Ayola ... Chief Judge
Lena Headey ... Ma-Ma
Tamer Burjaq ... Ma-Ma Bodyguard
Warrick Grier Warrick Grier ... Caleb
Wood Harris ... Kay
Shoki Mokgapa Shoki Mokgapa ... Woman with Child
Yohan Chun Yohan Chun ... Girl in Window
Eden Knowles Eden Knowles ... Girl in Window
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Storyline

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's ... Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Judgment is coming

Genres:

Action | Crime | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | South Africa | USA | India

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dredd See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,278,491, 23 September 2012

Gross USA:

$13,414,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,037,742
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (3D Stereoscopic)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The events of the film take place entirely in one day. See more »

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Anderson explains to Dredd that she doesn't wear a helmet because it interferes with her psychic abilities. By that logic anyone else wearing a helmet should be protected from Anderson's mind reading ability. However, she is able to easily read Dredd's mind (to the point of almost learning his deepest darkest secret before being told to stop), and immediately determine Judge Kaplan's deception and intent to kill her. See more »

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Judge Dredd: America is an irradiated wasteland. Within it lies a city. Outside the boundary walls, a desert. A cursed earth. Inside the walls, a cursed city, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C. An unbroken concrete landscape. 800 million people living in the ruin of the old world and the mega structures of the new one. Mega blocks. Mega highways. Mega City One. Convulsing. Choking. Breaking under its own weight. Citizens in fear of the street. The gun. The gang. Only one thing fighting ...
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Perfect Dredd
11 August 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In a dystopian future, the world is devastated. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the last word in Law & Order within Mega-City One. Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) is his junior partner. They are battling drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) who is operating out of a massive apartment block.

The previous version of Judge Dredd (1995) starring Sly is a campy affair. Consider that it had Rob Schneider in it. 'nuff said. This one brings us into the comics once again but this time, they drop the camp. It is well written probably because they had Alex Garland who also wrote 28 Days Later... and Sunshine among others. Karl Urban is not as imposing as Sly but he does a solid job. Most importantly, he's not impersonating Sly. Olivia Thirlby is great as a foil or conscience to Dredd. Their relationship is the heart of the movie. Lena Headey does a good job as the baddie. It's an interesting unusual choice. It's certainly not your average muscle bound villain.

I did have 2 problems. First, Slo-Mo happens too many times. The first couple of times are interesting. I'm sure it's cool 3D fun, but even that would get tiresome. It's a balancing act between pace and cool and the climax needs pace more than cool. Second problem is the ending. The final fight with Lena Headey is not as climatic as needed. It's a bit of a letdown. Overall, this is super-fun despite the minor problems.


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