Dredd: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Sunday, September 23, 2012

I am the LAW! Dredd might be the law in Mega City ONE but can he rule the box office this week? The Daily Zombies have a final look at the latest cinematic adaptation of British's comic book icon, Judge Dredd. 

Before we move on with anything at all, did anyone noticed the fact that there are 3 Ds in the the title of the film, Dredd? Obnoxious graphical sense aside, there are perhaps nothing much to mock or be cynical about with Hollywood's second attempt at adapting Judge Dredd, possibly the single most iconic UK comic book hero from the pages of British's much-beloved 2000 AD comic strip.

Oh okay, there is of course this gigantic white elephant in the room: 1995's Judge Dredd. Directed by Danny Cannon, the abysmal campy take on the ultimate take-no-prisoner straight-faced (ironically) old-school alpha male hero with the original take-no-prisoner straight-faced old school alpha male Hollywood action movie hero, Sylvester Stallone himself. as the eponymous character. So how how exactly did that went down with such a good fit for that jaw to be fitted into that iconic helmet? It became one of the crappiest comic book-to-live action film adaptation, so bad that it probably soiled any chances for Dredd to have another go at big-time Hollywood stardom. Until now.

Along came British film-maker Pete Travis who brought us the somewhat serviceable action thriller Vantage Point in 2008. And Alex Garland, the writer who frequently collaborate with renowned film-maker Danny Boyle and together brought us cinematic greatness like 28 Days Later and Sunshine. Will this dynamic duo who are both self-confessed fans of the comic book icon save the day for Mega-City One's number one judge, jury, and executioner? Based on what we have seen thus far from the trailer as well as the overall feel and vibes from the film, we opine that Travis and Garland, with their much-publicized "unorthodox collaboration", might have found the method to the madness with an interesting tale told behind a grim and gritty background the likes we are used to in the comic books.

All things considered, Dredd is going to be a hard-sell no matter what critical acclaim it might have gathered from its earlier release in its native UK, perhaps due to the stench of its 1995 farcical iteration being something it is hard-pressed to shake off.

Here at The Daily Zombies, we have been tracking progress of the film closely since the unveiling of Karl Urban as Dredd himself a good two years ago. This is because of the simple fact that we too are fans of the character and were enraged by the 1995 farce which made any non-comic book reader to turn their in ridicule whenever the name of Judge Dredd pop up for nearly two decades.

Head over to iO9 for this telling interview with writer Alex Garland where he discussed in depth on the potential sequel and other interesting facts such as the origins of Ma-Man and the total body-count.

In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the trailers and clips from the film followed by some other promotional items.

The first trailer of the film.

 Clips from the film.   

The motion poster from the film.


Posters from the film.

Mondo's collaboration with artist Jock for their iteration of the poster for the Fantastic Festival's première of the film.

Dredd 3D by Jock


$45 regular edition

Viral campaign from the film.

And here are some of the eye-catching set stills from the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Dredd takes place on a fictional Earth created as a result of the Atomic Wars. Survivors of this period are living in Mega-Cities, which protects its citizens from the Cursed Earth, a radioactive desert environment populated by mutants. The main story takes place in Mega-City One, where the police who are now called judges have the power to use police brutality to some extent to fight extreme murders. One man, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), a senior law enforcement officer, teams up with a cadet called Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) to track down a terrorist organization lead by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), who is responsible for selling a reality-altering drug called Slo-Mo.

And here's an alternate synopsis:

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 (Karl Urban) 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 (Olivia Thirlby), 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 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip.

First released in the United Kingdom earlier this month, Dredd 3D is now available at all theaters worldwide.


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