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The Establishing Shot: DREDD gets a poster! Judgment is coming this September!

Friday, June 08, 2012 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

The guys over at JoeBlo.com have got the first look at the DREDD poster and it is pretty damn awesome! Further building my quietly growing anticipation that DREDD may be my favourite film of 2012.

Recently DREDD got  the stamp of approval from Judge Dredd creator John Wagner after seeing an early draft of the film. He said:
This is Dredd as it should be done - true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so).
This is very good news as he seemed to be  cautious regarding the new adaptation after seeing an earlier work print.

DREDD film poster
Image: Dredd Poster - head to  JoeBlo.com for some new images

The official synopsis reads:
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.

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Image: Karl Urban as Judge Dredd

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.

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Image: Lena Headey as ruthless drug lord Ma-Ma

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.

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Image: Olivia Thirlby as rookie Judge Anderson

For a taster of what to expect here is some dodgy leaked test footage from DREDD.

Video: DREDD - some footage & CG effects of upcoming movie

For the latest news on DREDD head over to its facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dreddthemovie

Dredd will be released 21 September, 2012

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.

Director: Pete Travis
Writers: Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland, John Wagner
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey