Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Karl Urban stars as Judge Dredd, a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, dystopic metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Dredd and his apprentice partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are forced to bring order to a 200-storey high-rise block of apartments and deal with its resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Garland began writing the script in 2006, although the development of a new Judge Dredd film adaptation, unrelated to the 1995 film Judge Dredd, was not announced until December 2008. Produced by British studio DNA Films, Dredd began principal photography, using 3D cameras throughout, in November 2010. Filming took place on practical sets and locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Dredd was released on 7 September 2012 in the United Kingdom and on 21 September worldwide. Critics were generally positive about the film’s visual effects, casting and action, while criticism focused on excessive violence as well as a perceived lack of the satirical elements that are found in the source comic. Despite the positive critical response, the film earned just over $41 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $30–45 million. Dredd saw greater success following its home release, and has since been recognised as a cult film. The theatrical gross made a sequel unlikely, but home media sales and fan efforts endorsed by 2000 AD’s publisher Rebellion Developments have maintained the possibility of a second film. Dredd is a 2012 action movie directed by Pete Travis and based on the Judge Dredd comic book character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. The movie stars Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, a law enforcement officer in a dystopian future where the police have the authority to act as both judge and jury. The movie was a box office disappointment, but received positive reviews from critics.
Pete Travis‘ movie adaptation of Judge Dredd is a gritty and action-packed thrill ride. Set in a post-apocalyptic future city, the film follows the titular Judge Dredd (played by Karl Urban), a law enforcement officer with the power to act as judge, jury, and executioner. Dredd is tasked with bringing order to the chaotic city, and does so with brutal efficiency. However, when he is tasked with investigating a mysterious building known as ‘The Block’, he comes up against a powerful enemy known as ‘Ma-Ma’ (played by Lena Headey). Ma-Ma is a ruthless crime lord who will stop at nothing to keep control of The Block. As Dredd and Ma-Ma clash, the body count rises and the action escalates to a thrilling conclusion.
Pete Travis’ movie adaptation of Judge Dredd is a high-octane thrill ride that stays true to the source material. Carlos Ezquerra’s artwork is brought to life on the big screen, and the action is non-stop. The cast is top-notch, with Karl Urban delivering a standout performance as the titular character. If you’re a fan of the comic book, you won’t be disappointed.