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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Dredd can be found here.
No. This is an original film based on the Judge Dredd character from the British comic 2000 AD and is unrelated to Judge Dredd (1995), which is adapted from the same source.
In the 36 years that Judge Dredd has been appearing in comics, his face has never been shown fully. Most fans agree that never showing Dredd's face helps to make Dredd a personification of justice; he's not just a citizen with a normal face, he's the law, and the helmet is the only face he needs. The faces of Dredd and his clone Rico are shown as young boys in the story The Return of Rico (Case Files vol 1), and the face of their clone Father, Fargo (to whom they should be identical), is shown in Dredd Angel (Case Files vol 8). In parts of The Dead Man/Necropolis (Case Files 14) Dredd's face is shown in full but is obscured by horrific injuries.
The Lawgiver from the 2012 film is voice-controlled and its grip has a DNA reader that causes the gun to explode if anyone but the owner attempts to use it. It fires the following types of rounds: (1) Full Metal Jacket, (2) Incendiary, (3) Hotshot, (4) Armor-piercing, (5) Stun, (6) Hi-Ex (High Explosive). In the comics, the Lawgiver has a dial allowing different types of ammunition to be selected and a palm-print scanner in the grip that causes the gun to self-destruct if anyone but the owner tries to use it. It fires 6 types of ammunition: (1) Standard, (2) Ricochet, (3) Heat-seeker, (4) Hi-Ex, (5) Incendiary, (6) Armor-piercing. Later stories have added various extra bullet types, including a stun gun feature, tear gas rounds, "Exorcist Bullets" designed for supernatural foes, and electronic tracker rounds.
Before throwing her through the window, Dredd states that he doubts the range of the transmitter would be greater than the distance between the receiver attached to the explosives and the ground floor. His theory is proven correct when she hits the ground and the LED on her wrist goes from green to red, but the bombs are not activated.
Open to interpretation. One is that Anderson hands Dredd her badge and walks off convinced she's failed her assessment but Dredd has actually passed her. The implication is that, whilst Dredd is convinced that Anderson has what it takes to be a judge, he leaves it to her to decide if she wants to be. The last scene shows Anderson carrying a helmet and a new gun walking towards the bikes, suggesting she has learned of Dredd's evaluation and decided to become a Judge. Another interpretation is that Anderson chooses not to become a judge, as she hints at beforehand when she frees the hacker. Anderson hands Dredd her badge indicating her resignation and Dredd says, "She's a pass", using the meaning that she passes on the opportunity to become a Judge. She is seen walking away from the scene, and Dredd returns to the Hall of Justice on his motorcycle alone.
Yes. Most of the movie is shot in 3D, using RED MX, SI2K, and Phantom Flex highspeed digital cameras, however it also contains some elements that were converted to 3D in post production.
The song used in the original theatrical trailer for Dredd is the Skream remix of La Roux's "In For the Kill". The song playing during Dredd and Anderson's raid on the slo-mo den is "Poison Lips" by Vitalic. When the Clan's Techie, played by Domhnall Gleeson, is observing the monitors the song playing is Matt Berry's "Snuffbox" from the TV series of the same name. All other music heard in the film itself is the work of the film's composer, Paul Leonard-Morgan—whose original soundtrack album can be found on iTunes or Amazon.
Anyone wanting to know more about the history and psychology of Dredd should seek out Brothers of the Blood and the collected epic Tour of Duty (collected in two books, subtitled The Backlash and Megacity Justice); which both centre much more on the character of Dredd himself and his relationship with the city and his job. Both books give new readers the background necessary to get the most out of Origins—by Dredd's creators, Wagner and Ezquerra—which explores the events that shaped the creation of the city, the justice system, and Dredd himself.
Readers seeking Dredd stories that reflect the gritty tone and themes of the film, should seek out The Pit or Total War, the latter of which is a spiritual successor to and continues many of the themes explored in the classic Dredd story America. Tour of Duty covers similar territory to the inter-judicial conflict and mutant prejudice of the film (Anderson is a mutant), and Mandroid depicts Megacity One as the kind of place that crushes the humanity of its citizens in the same manner as the film. Anyone interested in the character of Anderson, featured in the film, can get some background in the series of reprints called The Psi Files.
The Apocalypse War (found in The Complete Case Files vol 5) is probably the best of Dredd's epic adventures, and is written and drawn by Dredd's co-creators, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, as is the superb Judge Death epic Necropolis (Case Files vol 14). The Dredd tale which most readers agree represents the best combination of story and art in the strip's history—and which offers a much darker, more sophisticated view of Dredd, Megacity One and the Justice System—is America, by John Wagner and Colin MacNeil; a story whose focus is on the lives of ordinary citizens under the totalitarian rule of the judges, and in which Dredd essentially plays the part of the villain.
Dredd first appeared in the second issue (or "prog" as they are known) of the weekly British comic 2000 AD published on 5 March 1977.
Judge Dredd's weekly adventures are collected in a series of volumes known as The Complete Case Files (currently 23 volumes). Although there's lots to recommend in Dredd's early output, including classic stories such as The Cursed Earth and The Day The Law Died in volume 2, these early volumes are a sometimes less than ideal place to start reading because of their uneven narrative tone and art style. The Complete Case Files 3 through 5 are, by common consent, the point at which the strip overcame its growing pains and turned into something really interesting—and they make an ideal jumping on point for new readers.
The characters of most interest to new or casual readers seem to be Judge Death and the Dark Judges, whose first appearances are drawn by Brian Bolland and can be found in The Complete Case Files volumes 3 and 5, and in the utterly superb full-colour epic Necropolis, which is reprinted in Case Files vol 14 and is written and drawn by Dredd's co-creators, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. They also appear in volume one of Judge Anderson's Psi Files, in a story which serves as a bridge between their appearance in volumes 5 and 14 of The Complete Case Files. The origins of Judge Death are explored in volumes called Death Lives and The Life and Death of Judge Death.
The rights holders, DNA films, are no longer actively pursuing the idea of a sequel. In an interview dated 17th December 2014, producer and screenwriter Alex Garland told Sci-fi Now magazine:
[Dredd] manifestly didn't work as a theatrical release, particularly in America, or in fact anywhere outside of the UK. DVD sales are all very well, but you are still talking to people about them handing over a lot of money for a film that's happened twice and has not worked in their terms either time. The character has too many positives to be abandoned forever, but its going to be someone else at some future point who restarts it, who has another crack. It will be a different group of people, at a different point in time
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