DREDD 3D has stormed its way to the top of the UK film charts, taking over a million pounds on its opening weekend and trouncing competition that includes the new Total Recall remake – the first 18 certificate film to be Number One since 2010.
Released on Friday and getting some hugely positive reviews from both comics, SF and general media, Karl Urban’s Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby’s Judge Anderson take on Lena Headey’s murderous gangleader in this Alex Garland-scripted gorefest that truly earns its 18 certificate.
The day-in-the-life styled film, written by Garland (28 Days Later) and produced by DNA’s Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald was shot in 3D with stunning slow motion photography.
In the future, America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC (as in the 2000AD strip that inspired it) lies Mega City One: a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear. The only ones attempting to impose order in the urban chaos are The Judges. Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners rolled into one.
The epitome of these Judges is Dredd, given a mission to road test a rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson. The Judges head for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block – a 200 story vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma clan. But when the Judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Ma’s chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down the entire building and orders her clan to hunt the judges down, and they are caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival…
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.