Sci-fi Roundup: New ‘Dredd’ Synopsis; ‘Prometheus’ & ‘Looper’ Posters & Images [Updated]

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One of the big questions facing moviegoers in 2012 is whether sci-fi or superhero films will have the best run – in terms of fan reception and box office profits. The Avengers has certainly set a high bar, having already banked over a billion dollars for the superhero genre, with Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises poised to do big business as well.

However, sci-fi still has to show its big guns: Lockout and Battleship were both underwhelming films – but today we have new posters and images for the big two in the genre, this year: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Rian Johnson’s Looper. Smack-dab in the middle of this superheroes vs. sci-fi contest sits Dredd, a reboot of the movie franchise centering around futuristic comic book antihero, Judge Dredd.


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The plot of Dredd has always seemed simple – much simpler, in fact, than the plot of the slightly-overblown 1995 film starring Sylvester Stallone. Basically, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) finds out some bad guys are doing bad things in his city, kills them, and never takes off his helmet. Just like the comic books.

However, the new synopsis for the film (via the Dredd Facebook Page) paints a slightly more complex picture :

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.

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.

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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From that synopsis it seems we are going to be getting something akin to the 2012 cult-hit Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption – which is also about a team of cops trying to scale a building full of criminals in order to capture one big baddie. Having given The Raid a 5-star review, it’s hard to imagine that Dredd will measure up. Don’t get me wrong – as a longtime fan of Judge Dredd comics, I want this reboot to be a success.

However, prior news about behind the scenes troubles and a lean budget do raise questions as to whether or not the film will be good. The cast members are all talented (seeing Headey face-off against Urban will be especially electric), but director Pete Travis hasn’t exactly been known to knock them at of the park (see: Vantage Point).

We’ll know if the movie was worth the fresh start when Dredd hits theaters on September 21, 2012.

NEXT: New Prometheus & Looper images and posters…



Prometheus is gathering a lot of buzz (for better and worse) in the week after its UK release, as it approaches its US debut. Director Ridley Scott’s much-buzzed-about return to the genre of sci-fi/horror (which he pioneered with the 1979 film Alien) has a lot of people expecting something great; this ominous new IMAX poster will only add fuel to those expectations:

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In his official Prometheus review, our own Ben Kendrick urged moviegoers to opt for the IMAX 3D option when seeing the film. Apparently, the visuals are totally worth it. If that scene depicted in the poster has the same level of grandeur on the big-screen, an IMAX ticket will indeed be worth it.


Rian Johnson has impressed a great many people in the span of a few films. His high school neo-Noir film Brick remains his most followed work (Brothers Bloom, not so much) – but his new time travel mind-bender Looper looks to be the film that could really put him on the map of mainstream moviegoers.

As detailed in the Looper trailer, the story focuses on the showdown between the younger and older versions of the same hitman – played, respectively, by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Time-travel mechanics can unhinge an otherwise satisfactory sci-fi story (Men in Black III) – but if anybody can bend it into satisfying shape, it’s Johnson.

As indicated by the images above, Jeff Daniels plays a role in the film – though we don’t yet know what kind. If I had to guess based on the image above, I’d say he plays a futuristic mobster of some kind. Shotgun-toting Emily Blunt plays a woman who aids Joe (the Levitt/Willis character) – and finally, we see the time machine used by the mob to send targets back in time to be killed by waiting hitman.

Looper will be in theaters on September 28, 2012.

Sources: Dredd Facebook Page (via CBM), The Film Stage, Aurum & 20th Century Fox

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  1. I’m really looking forward to “Dredd”, but I am worried about it’s lack of marketing and trailer so close to release.

  2. Has any movie Staring Karl Urban ever been good? He’s better as a side character or villain.

    … and this new “Dredd” sorry to say doesn’t look that great so far.

  3. I’m somewhat sad that the first Dredd movie wasn’t too successful. Sylvester Stallone was PERFECT as Dredd (I just wish he hadn’t taken his helmet off)>

    I’m keeping an open mind about this one but the character just looked better in the first movie… at least if these photographs are anything to judge by.

  4. looks Dreddful

    • That was original.

  5. I never knew much about ‘Dredd’ (didn’t even know he was a comic book character till recently) and this new movie hasn’t really been on my, or any of my movie going friends’ radar either… but I have to say, this synopsis sounds pretty cool.
    I’ll reserve my judgement (eh? ;)) till I’ve seen a full length trailer, but until then, I’m still on the fence on whether I should go see this or not.

    • You should support this, it’s being filmed in your neck of the woods. 😉

      • the film was shot in Johannesburg South Africa last October, what neck og the woods are you referring to?

        • Yes, I know where it is filmed, that was my point!

          I believe “The Avenger” mentioned he was from South Africa in a post a few weeks ago. That is what I meant. It is filmed in south Africa by the crew that did “District 9″.

          I just thought that fact might bring him around to taking a little more interest in “Dredd”.

  6. Dredd synopsis sounds awesome, and I personally enjoyed Vantage Point, so I’m actually looking forward to this film. Need to see some trailers, though.

  7. I really don’t know what to think. I hope the movie does well because I really enjoyed the Dredd comics but the behind the scenes photos isn’t looking all too good. I will wait for the general public is saying after the 1st day

  8. Gonna’ wait for a trailer for Dredd

  9. This definitely needs a trailer and Dredds outfit doesn’t look right to me, where is the massive gold bird thing on his shoulder? He looks to lean, Dredd is a huge badass not Skinny Pete from BB!

    Plus how do you do 3D on a low budget?

    • When he was first drawn, Dredd was much leaner and the pads (and chin) a lot smaller.

      Stallone looked drokking ridiculous with all that plastic gold all over him.

  10. ‘Dredd’ may only have a relatively modest budget of $45m, but it was shot in South Africa where it’s substantially more cost-effective to film in, meaning it will look more like a $90m-$100m film shot in the U.S. or the U.K., the trailer will be along soon, so give it a chance, I think it will be something truly unique and visually jaw-dropping…

    • $45 million = R380 million, thats plenty of cash for a blockbuster, District 9 was made for $30 million = R252 million and look how awesome that turned out.

  11. Whats up with this film ? no trailer

  12. I hate, hate, hate, hate this.

    I’ve been a fan of Judge Dredd since my boyhood. When i was a kid, I and my friends used to fantasize about what actor should play Dredd in a movie (our consensus back then was Nick Nolte- he had the jaw and the mouth).

    And then Stallone had his way with the character. It was a painful disaster, because Hollywood just didn’t get the comic. They had no clue why Dredd was popular, and it showed.

    Seeing this, I’m having a feeling of deja vu. This just doesn’t FEEL like Judge Dredd. Keith Urban is all wrong. The uniform is ridiculous, and apart from the helmet doesn’t capture the essence of Dredd.

    All this talk about ‘dark’ and ‘noir’ completely misses the point. Judge Dredd wasn’t about action and violence- that was incidental. Dredd was actually a very funny parody of an over-zealous cop. This is why he never took off his helmet- he was too serious and uptight, and never off duty. The comics had a certain grotesque, satirical and over-the-top feel that made them unique.

    Only a true fan of the comic can understand that sensibility. And clearly (since the comic was popular in the UK, not America) Hollywood has no clue.

    This will fail again, and further break my heart.