Dredd: First Reaction

2000 AD's lawman debuts at Comic-Con



Dredd has just screened at Comic-Con 2012, and here's our first reaction to the comic-book reboot...

2000 AD aficionados can rest easy - Judge Dredd's latest cinematic outing is brutally true to its comic book source and a vast improvement on Sylvester Stallone's universally loathed 1995 interpretation.

Last night, fans at San Diego's Comic Con were treated to a preview screening of the Alex Garland-scripted, Pete Travis-directed Dredd and breathed a collective sigh of relief as a lean, mean Dredd laid violent waste to scum in a gritty, grubby Mega-City One. And kept his helmet on throughout.

Despite rumours of rifts during production, Garland and Travis have created a horribly gorgeous vision of dystopian future where monolithic housing towers are run by criminal gangs - and policing is undertaken by judge/jury/execution officers, Judges. Cue Dredd (Karl Urban) a no-nonsense hardass who's got a psychic rookie, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), tagging along for his shift.

Called out to tower block Peach Trees to investigate some splattered body parts, Dredd and Anderson find themselves trapped in a Raid-esque running battle, fighting their way up - one run-down filthy floor at a time - to gang leader Ma-Ma (Lena Headey).

Urban certainly has the downturned mouth and super-cool, gravelly delivery to pull off Dredd's nonchalance but he's aided by Garland's smart, fast script, a relentless flow of Rorschach Test blood sprays from bone-shattering brutality, eye-poppingly beautiful 3D visuals and peppy banter with Thirlby.

The body count is high, the humour grim and the violence stylishly graphic and reminiscent of Sin City (scenes involving a drug called Slo-Mo are visually intoxicating).

And that famous headgear stays resolutely on. Perhaps ready for Dredd 2? According to Garland there are two other Dredd adventures he's ready to write - based on this fast and hard outing, audiences may well be wanting more of the law...

Dredd opens in the UK on 7 September 2012.

For all the latest Comic-Con 2012 news, head to totalfilm.com/comic-con

Has this got you all the more psyched for Dredd? Tell us now!


    • robhoward

      Jul 12th 2012, 9:20

      Thank god for that!!! So looking forward to this now!!!

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Jul 12th 2012, 10:01

      So relieved! really love this character and 2000AD in general, cant wait.

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    • trist808

      Jul 12th 2012, 10:52

      I saw this yesterday and I agree with the write up by TF. This is Dredd as he should be, Mr Stallone will never be forgiven for his debacle, but this will go some way to erasing that effort from my brain. Hard-hitting, bloody and very gory, it's brutal in a way the 1995 version could never touch. Yet it manages social commentary and presents Mega City One as a possibility rather than the sub-standard Star Wars-esque CGI mess of 1995''s Judge Dredd. Urban is excellent in the lead role, he puts Stallone to shame also Thirlby makes a good Anderson too, in fact the film charts her story arc as scared rookie to a*s-kicking Judge by the end better than I expected. The 3D works really well and I hope there's a follow up coz I wanna see more, I think fans are gonna love it, I am one and I do :)

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    • gquinn81

      Jul 12th 2012, 11:41

      Was skeptical after the trailer but this all sounds very positive. Can't wait to see it now!

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    • blade32

      Jul 12th 2012, 12:33

      people are unfair on stallones version. its a different kind of movie, but it wasnt that bad!

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    • trist808

      Jul 12th 2012, 12:50

      @blade32, watch it again, I did at the weekend, it has not aged well either. But you're right it is a different kind of movie ... Judge Dredd is s**t and amied at kids, Dredd is good and aimed at the fans and adults ... very different :-)

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 12th 2012, 18:05

      Movies for grown ups? I remember those days. Verhoevens' Total Recall springs to mind.

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    • survivorproject

      Jul 12th 2012, 19:42

      I hope it includes some of the humour from the comic strip namely Walter the droid and the commercials, also the screwed up society issues Umpty candy etc

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    • survivorproject

      Jul 12th 2012, 19:45

      @survivorproject Oh needs the varying weapons on Lawmaster /Lawgiver etc

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 12th 2012, 22:50

      The trailer was awful.

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    • MadMatt

      Jul 13th 2012, 15:45

      "universally [ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəlɪ] adv - everywhere or in every case; without exception this principle applies universally." This review is factually inaccurate - I liked the Stallone version, so please don't claim to speak for everyone. Great production design and soundtrack, decent performances from most of the supporting cast... it was a good, fun, flick, just not a great one. For all it's flaws, it does not deserve to be treated like Batman & Robin, for crying out loud. Lighten up!

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    • heinrlchhimmler

      Jul 13th 2012, 23:10

      What? I LOVED Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd. That movie was awesome.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Jul 15th 2012, 20:25

      For those who loved the Stallone movie - good for you and it isn't up there (down there??) with B & R. However... Dredd removing his helmet is comparable to Batman carrying a gun. just sayin... they missed the point of the character!

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    • bencobra

      Jul 16th 2012, 19:22

      I really hope this is decent. I don't actually mind the Stallone one although this obviously is going to be a lot more faithful to the source material. I do hope Rob Schneider is in it again though. What a fantastic underrated talent he is.

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    • Senver

      Jul 17th 2012, 15:06

      This is interesting - I saw the trailer and wasn't immediately impressed but I have been hearing decent things from this. Will look forward to seeing this

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    • EddieFelson

      Jul 18th 2012, 8:48

      Looks good, wont be watching it in sh*y 3d though!

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    • Odysseus31

      Aug 7th 2012, 16:50

      I agree with MoodyMonkey. Stallone's movie is a good action movie, but not a Judge Dredd movie.

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