Director Pete Travis’ (Vantage Point/ End Game) new version of the 2000 AD character Dredd premiered at Comic-Con last night, and the early word of mouth is incredibly positive.
Everyone wants to put Stallone and director Danny Cannon’s painfully crap movie behind them, and it sounds like Travis has indeed done that. Dredd is said to be incredibly violent, brutal as Hell and someone even likened it to a mix of The Raid meets Robocop, wow! One writer even said the 3D was impressive, and once you check out the red-band clip below, I guess it proves just how well the 3D has been utilised in the film.
The red-band clip, revealed exclusively by Collider, proves much of what the reaction at Comic-Con has been saying, that Dredd is ultra cool and ultra violent. This is a really promising start for Dredd, and it is so refreshing to see such a big film like this not desperate for a 15 certificate here in the UK or a PG-13 in the US. On the evidence of what is seen in the clip, and from what people who have seen it have said, Dredd is happy to go for the ultra violence and could very well end up an 18 certificate here in the UK. Reason to celebrate? I think so!
Here are some snippets from what people have said, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting;
“DREDD is a lot of fun. A return to 80s action, The Raid meets Robocop on a mini scale. great use of high fps slow mo 3d. Gritty & violent“. @Slashfilm
“DREDD was a super hard R and a lot better than I thought it would be. Again….super hard R. 3D was also great.”@ColliderFrosty
“?#Dredd3D? from ?#SDCC?. It’s dirty. It’s seething. It’s bloody as hell.” @MisterPatches.
And from Eric Vespe’s review, “Now this is how you handle a reboot. Stallone’s Judge Dredd sucked and I’m not just speaking from vague memories (I recently stumbled upon it on TV and looked on in horror) or from the crybaby uber-fan perfectionist angle (I’ve never read one 2000 AD cover to cover, much to my geek shame). The filmmakers and studio looked at a crap film with great potential and started from scratch, deciding to get right what Stallone’s film got wrong.”
Collider said: “this film is absolutely brutal. This movie couldn’t possibly be more different from Sylvester Stallone’s iteration of the character, and I think fans of the comics and/or Judge Dredd character will really be happy with this pic. That said, be prepared for a lot of violence”
Pete Travis directs from a script written by Carlos Ezquerra and Alex Garland. Karl Urban will be playing Dredd, and he will be supported by Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Domhnall Gleeson, Santi Scinelli and Jason Cope.
Dredd arrives in UK cinemas 7th September.
Check out all previous Dredd stories here
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.
By Matt Wavish