New ‘Dredd’ Red-Band Clip: Ma-Ma Wants Judge Dredd Dead

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The new red-band clip from Lionsgate’s Dredd sees scarred drug lord Madeline ‘Ma-Ma’ Madrigal (Lena Headey) declare open season on the pair of Judges skulking around her base of operations, the futuristic Peach Trees compound. It’s one of the rare quiet moments in Dredd, as anyone who caught the advanced screening at Comic-Con 2012 can testify.

Director Pete Travis keeps his foot pressed down on the gas pedal for most of the comic book film’s running time, resulting in lots of blazing shoot-outs between Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) and Ma-Ma’s minions – most noteworthy of which are the 3D sequences imitating the effects of the “Slo-Mo” drug, allowing viewers to watch bloody mayhem “at a fraction of its normal speed.”

Headey as Ma-Ma doesn’t have much screen time once the fireworks get going in Dredd, but her appearances as the remorseless antagonist are among the film’s highlights. The character’s backstory as a prostitute-turned-head of the narcotic biz in Mega City One (MC1) – the “lone oasis of quasi-civilization” in a depleted Earth – is not heavily explored, beyond some expository talk and a flashback.

However, what details are included are sufficient to establish Ma-Ma as a figurative queen who literally reigns over her criminal empire from on high, in her lair atop the Peach Trees compound (think a more blood-thirsty, dangerous-looking version of Headey from Game of Thrones). The aforementioned flashback is pretty nasty too, and guaranteed to leave all the men in the audience wincing.

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Lena Headey as Ma-Ma in 'Dredd'

Dredd can best be described as the sort of movie Paul Verhoeven might make today, were he armed with 3D technology and a relatively lean budget – minus the satirical jabs and social commentary that’ve earned his sci-fi films RoboCop and Starship Troopers strong cult followings over the years. Die-hard Judge Dredd fans might find that disappointing, as Verhoeven’s original RoboCop is almost a perfect adaptation of the original 2000 AD comic’s tone and style.

Nonetheless, moviegoers in the mood for some gasp-inducing kills and relentless action propelled forward by a plot that does resemble The Raid: Redemption –  on the surface level only – Dredd is a film you might want to see.

Look for Dredd to open in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on September 21st, 2012.


Source: Den of Geek

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  1. I’m not aiming this specifically at you Sandy, but I wish when an article mentioned the similarities of “DREDD” to “The Raid”, they would also point out that it was written and filmed prior to “The Raid” and the script was leaked online more than two years ago. I’m just fed up having to defend it from people slinging mud.

    “ROBOCOP” was originally a Judge Dredd movie, but the rights fell through, so the producers changed it a little and gave it to a director that totally understood how to turn out a brilliant satirical, ultra violent action movie.

  2. mehh, the trailer was not bloody,no red-band. i want to know if they´ve stole the idea from -the raid-,or if the director of -the raid has spionaged and had the important scenes stolen from the -dredd- script.

    • @merdan

      Production for Dredd was was in developement longer than The Raid. The Raid’s release and the similar storyline is nothing more than a coincidence.

    • Just unfortunate coincidence. I guess the only reason this clip was red band was because Ma Ma used the F word. It’s funny, in the comic they used to use futurustic street slang instead of F-bombs. I take it the film will be using regular curse words instead of “Drokk!”, “Stomm!”, “Grud!” etc…

      • They’ve missed the point of the comics totally. There was a satirical, tongue-in-cheek ludicrousness about the comics that resulted in those silly curse words. The gigantic shoulder pads, the fact that Dredd never took off his helmet, the fact that he would arrest a kid for dropping bubblegum on the sidewalk- all these gave a humorous undertone to the comics that Hollywood doesn’t get.

        All they saw was the gritty backdrop and the violence. So that’s all they put into this film. I might watch it, but I know it won’t be the Judge Dredd I grew up reading and loving, anymore than the atrocious Stallone version was.

        • It’s truly unfortunate the original deal fell through because the Robocop backdrop would have been perfect for Dredd. So instead we get one version with forced comic relief instead of satire and now the pendulum swings to the other extreme and we get “dark and gritty”

          • Judge Dredd has dark and gritty stories as well as satirical, crime drama, horror, political, mystical etc.. basically everything is fair game. to squeeze all that into an 80min movie would be impossible and silly to try. They’ve done the best thing which is strip it down to simple day in the life of Dredd and Anderson storyline.

            • That’s a ridiculous argument.

              A movie that is both violent and satirical is not necessarily longer than one that is only violent. It all depends on the tone the writers choose.

              There were very short Dredd stories in the comics that had the signature Dred ‘feel’- subtle humour, exaggerated drama, and graphic violence.

              There are a number of Hollywood movies that have succesfully captured that mood. And frankly, I found that mix was what made Dredd the most successful storyline in 2000AD. It was NOT just gritty violence. It had layers.

              • “Ridiculous”, really? I didn’t say funny wouldn’t fit. I was explaining that Judge Dredd has MANY themes and it wouldn’t be a good fit to attempt all at once to get every facet of 35 years of comics into a movie.

                They can omit whichever themes they want. in this instance they may be telling a straight crime story that doesn’t involve satire. (IT it may do, you haven’t seen it yet and neither have I).

                This may have more satire than you think. Maybe it isn’t exploited in the trailers!?

                Nothing is gonna be exact to the comics, except maybe the “Judge Minty” movie, but that still looks like a fanfilm cosplay fantasy.

                I can’t believe people moan at this and yet have no qualms over Nolan’s Batman films bearing even less resemblance to the comics. It’s an adaptation, it’s gonna be slightly different, but the intentions are much better this time around.

                I can’t understand a Dredd fan being so negative. The buzz on the 2000 AD forum is virtually all positive, so most fans are happy with what they’ve seen.

                • There you go again. Who says they have to cram 3 years of comics into a movie? The Avengers movie took the comic and put it on screen. Yes there were adaptations, but it was basically the same theme and feel.

                  And who cares what other fans think? I’m not a sheep that gets my opinions from what other people think. I open my eyes and make my own judgments. And if I come across as negatove, it is because I am such a passionate fan of the 2000AD comics. They were a big part of my childhood.

                  For this reason, I was deeply pained to see Stallone completely butcher the character because he and his Hollywood cronies did not get what it was about. I’ve not seen anything about this one that shows Hollywood has finally wised up.

                  What I see is another tough cop movie with the tough cop shooting up drug dealers. Well, Hollywood makes 100 of those movies a year, and I don’t watch them. Giving the tough cop a helmet and naming him Dredd doesn’t make it more than another template Touch Cop vs. Drug dealer shootout movie.

                  There WAS something about the comics that made Judge Dredd more than just a tough cop shooting up bad guys in a post-apocalyptic city. Without those elements, they might as well not make the movie.

                  I hope I’m wrong and maybe the trailers don’t represent the real tone of the movie. I really hope so, because I love Dredd too much.

                  • I guess I’m just on the positive side of the fence. It’s been frustrating with all the negativity from the people who aren’t interested in Dredd because he’s not a MARVEL,DC,Darkhorse, Vertigo character.

                    All the… “Stallone is the only Dredd”, “His helmet looks dumb”, “They ripped off The Raid”, “Who cares about Judge Dredd?!!”…stuff has been frustrating.

                    I will judge it for myself, I’m no sheep. But People who are fans that have seen it say it is very, very good. It is interesting for me to gauge the general buzz surrounding the film. From what I gather the US comic crowd really aren’t all that interested, some want to watch it fail with glee. Most of the fans who’ve been following it’s progress seem to think it is very promising. I just hope it gets the attention of the general public. But with a 18 cert and no toy line and Dredd themed happy meals for the kids, it has a lot stacked against it.

                    That’s why the positive buzz is important.

                    There has been a Dredd “fan” who is known to many that has had a really weird obsession with tearing this movie down at any chance he gets.

        • You haven’t seen it yet. How do you know the satirical, tongue in cheek isn’t there. People who’ve seen it say it has some humour in it, and not every Dredd story is full of ludicrous moments.

          There is plenty of nods to the comic, a lot of the set dressing has stuff straight outta the comic. Many of the city-blocks are named after Dredd writers and artists (Esquerra, Wagner, Bolland etc..). Plus some of the fans from the 2000 AD forum have had their names included in Graffiti on the sets. The makers have been reading the true fans hopes, ideas and opinions and reacting to them.

          This film is like one of the early Judge Dredd one shots. A cop story and not one of the many long story arcs that we may see if there is sequels. They tried stuffing all that into the Stallone movie and it didn’t do it any favours.

          The 95 film tried the huge shoulder pads and they were just silly. Early Dredd had pads the size of this movie. They just got more exaggerated as different artists drew them, but you can get away with that kinda stuff in a comic.

          • Yes, I haven’t seen it yet, and it is possible that I might be proved wrong. However, I have seen trailers, reviews and other material- and nothing I have seen suggests it has anything like the tone of the comic.

            Superficial things like naming buildings after 2000AD writers is not what will make it capture the essence of the comics. And when you say the large shoulder pads are silly, you show me that like these writers, you had no clue what the comics were really about. And btw, the Stallone film was nothing like the comics either.

            Dredd was the flagship story in 2000AD. Why was it so popular? On the surface, there wasn’t much to it. There were many other dark, gritty, violent stories like Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper.

            The answer was that Dredd had something they didn’t have: a satirical sense of humor that made it more than just violence. The giant shoulder pads and exaggerated scowl as drawn by Ian Gibson made Dredd a slightly ludicrous, excessively officious figure who took his job too seriously.

            The villians were ridiculously obese fatties, hideously scarred thugs, grotesque mutants, and almost Dickenesque caricatures. There was satire, subtext and a sense of the grotesque about Dredd. The shooting and fighting were just the top layer- bit is seems that dumb Hollywood could only see that.

            I’m not hopeful that they’re modelling this after the early Dredd comics, because those were actually quite one-dimensional and boring. It was the later Dredd, with his giant shoulder pads and tendency for executing people for jaywalking that the world fell in love with.

              • I’m glad you understand that the exaggerated shoulder pads and giant chest badges served an important purpose in defining the spirit of the comic. Most people wouldn’t get that. They were ridiculous and over-the top for a reason.

                That’s why it is baffling when you contradict yourself and say it’s good that they scaled all that down. Scaling it down means taking away the essence of the character. I’m not interested in another template Hollywood story about Tough-cop-shoots up-drug-gang.

                You are absolutely right- Dredd warning a suicide jumper that littering is against the law is exactly the kind of thing that captures the essence of the character. If I saw something like that in the trailers, I would be jumping for joy.

                But I don’t. I see some tough guy shooting drug dealers. Yawn.

                • I think to capture everything about the comic would be very, very difficult. I’m just glad Dredd’s getting another shot at the big screen again.

                  I guess sacrifices have to be made with adaptations. I’ll be interesting to hear what you thought of it if you decide to see it.

            • Dredd hasn’t been overtly or as frequently satirical the way it was in the 80′s for over 20 years. It has become a more expansive venue for stories that have more than not had a serious and sardonic yet human tone with longer character arcs. Yes, there’s still some humourous stories every now and again but Dredd is not the same Dredd you read as a a babe.

              The new film reflects the heavier and edgier aspects to Dredd – which were always there- but there’s still some dry, sardonic humour in Dredd’s character too.

              As John Wagner – Dredd’s creator said of the new film – “There’s nothing in it that isn’t Judge Dredd” and that’s straight from the horse’s f****** mouth. Who is anyone to argue against that?

              • Everybody knows the golden age of 2000 AD is over. The popularity of the comic and its characters has plummeted. When I speak of Dredd, I speak of the Dredd from the most popular era of his life. Yes, I stopped reading 2000AD years ago, when it basically became a shell of what it was in the golden age.

                All the legendary artists have left, the company has changed hands more time than a drug dealer’s dollar bill, and it is now a joke. I tried reading it, but realized it had lost what made it special in its heydey. It’s like Archie comics- they still publish them, but they’ve lost the magic they had in their golden age.

                So the Dredd of the last 20 years that you are talking about is a piece of crap. That’s not the real Dredd- it’s a shadow. And if they model the movie after him, it will also be a piece of crap.

                • Well then you’ve missed out on some of the best Dredd stories that are actually better written now than ever – Dredd ages in real-time so the character is now more fleshed out – and what does a new audience care when some old fan thinks the golden age of 2000AD and Dredd was?

                  It’s not the DREDD you pine for in your childhood but it’s still DREDD no matter what you think.

                  Etrigan: “So the Dredd of the last 20 years that you are talking about is a piece of crap. That’s not the real Dredd- it’s a shadow.”

                  If you don’t read the Wagner Dredd of the past 20 years, how the F- U- C- K- would you know- that’s just ignorance; the same as your opinion of a film you haven’t even seen.

                  • Don’t be silly. I know full well what Dredd is today. Did you read the part where I said I read it and didn’t like it?

                    And what do I care what the callow and ignorant audience today thinks? The Twilight generation? How many people even read 2000AD or Dredd these days? So I’m supposed to care about a supposedly improved character that can’t garner any readers?

                    In its golden age, 2000AD was a real publishing phenomenon. I watched it decline, and stopped reading when the ownership changed, and all the great writers and artists left.

                    What remains today is a piece of crap nobody reads because it’s not worth reading. It pains me to say that because of how much a part of my growing up 2000AD was, but that’s the reality.

                    It’s like the James Bond movies. I watched Live and Let Die and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service recently, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. It made me realize that today’s Bond films have lost something essential to the character. They have bigger budgets and more explosions and glossier production, but they are not the same as the Bond films we grew up on.

                    • When was the last time you read a recent Wagner Dredd story and what was it about?

                      Etrigan: “What remains today is a piece of crap nobody reads because it’s not worth reading.”

                      Nonsense. In the mid-nineties it was crap when Egmnt owned it but not now under Rebellion. All comics have declined in sales because of the myriad distractions that fight for the attention of kids and young-adults. Back in the 80′s all we really had that was affordable were comics so everyone bought them.

                      The new film may not be exactly the overtly satirical Dredd you liked in the 80′s but the essence of the character and setting is still uniquely Dredd. You never know you might enjoy it, if you give it a chance.

  3. One thing I have learned…motoko is a HUGE Dredd fan. Huge. :)

    • Just trying to gee up enthusiasm for this film. Sadly, most just aren’t interested in a Dredd movie. :(

  4. Etrigan: “I’m not hopeful that they’re modelling this after the early Dredd comics, because those were actually quite one-dimensional and boring. It was the later Dredd, with his giant shoulder pads and tendency for executing people for jaywalking that the world fell in love with.”

    Don’t ignore the Dredd of the past 20 years either which is not simply the Dredd who just executes someone for jaywalking (which is actually something he never really or rarely ever did).

    Theis Dredd film is the real deal in terms of stting up the character and the city.

    • I will indeed ignore the Dredd of the last 20 years, because I’d rather remember Dredd the way he was in his prime.

      And don’t be so literal. The point is not whether Dredd actually executed someone for jaywalking- the point is it’s the sort of thing he would do, and that’s what made the character and comics so compelling. He was once drawn in the shower- with his helmet on! Those little ludicrous touches gave him a character beyond just a tough cop that shoots people, and that’s why he was so beloved.

      I know the comic has changed. I also know it has lost its popularity. I’m sure both facts are not unrelated.

      • Try reading “Day of Chaos” and see how shyte you think it is.

  5. Jeez! After this thread we’re gonna need some damage control.

    All the positive posting has been in vain. *sigh* It’s a real shame this time it has come from a Judge Dredd fan. :(

    • There’s nothing intelligent about that statement.

      If you want to blindly worship whatever comes out of Hollywood, good for you. Also if you want to propagate propaganda, good for you. Some of us believe a movie should succeed or fail based on its merits, not the irrational adoration of fanboys.

      • Whereas you blindly dismiss a film you haven’t seenso that’s a hypocrtical statement.

        Dredd is not a “Hollywood” film either even in the sense of the Hollywood synecdoche. It’s a British independent film financed by an Indian company and shot in South Africa. No big studios involved.

        • Well said IJ.

          There’s nothing blind about optimism. Only negativity is truly blind.

      • *sigh* :(