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Dredd (2012, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby)

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Karl Urban stars as the brutally uncompromising anti-hero in Pete Travis’s sci-fi thriller reboot of the iconic 2000AD comic strip, from a screenplay by Alex Garland. The desolate badlands of future America are dotted with massive metropolises, none bigger than Mega City One. As with all urban jungles, crime proliferates. But anyone breaking the law in this dystopia is particularly foolhardy, as they risk crossing paths with the Judges, who are cop, judge, jury and executioner rolled into one.

The meanest of the Judges is Judge Dredd (Urban), who has been detailed to assess a new psychic recruit, Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). Responding to reports of a multiple killing, they enter a 200-storey tower block. But the building is controlled by the psychotic sadist Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), and is the base from which she deals the drug Slo-Mo, which induces a sense of slowed reality in its users. Dredd and Anderson are soon trapped inside the monolith and immersed in an unrelenting orgy of extreme (but beautifully filmed) violence as they fight for their lives.

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Karl Urban as Judge Dredd
Olivia Thirlby as Anderson
Lena Headey as Ma-Ma
Wood Harris as Kay
Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex
Junior Singo as Amos
Luke Tyler as Freel
Jason Cope as Zwirner
Domhnall Gleeson as Clan Techie
Warrick Grier as Caleb
Rachel Wood as Control Operator 1
Andile Mngadi as Passenger
Porteus Xandau as Driver
Emma Breschi as Hostage
Rakie Ayola as Chief Judge
Tamer Burjaq as Ma-Ma Bodyguard
Shoki Mokgapa as Woman with Child
Yohan Chun as Girl in Window
Eden Knowles as Girl in Window
Desmond Lai Lan as Homeless Man
Deobia Oparei as Paramedic TJ
Patrick Lyster as Control Operator 2
Travis Snyders as Slo-Mo Junkies
Chad Phillips as Slo-Mo Junkies
Joe Vaz as Big Joe
Scott Sparrow as Japhet
Marty Kintu as Big Joe Gang Member
Nicole Bailey as Cathy
Daniel Hadebe as Judge at Entrance
Francis Chouler as Judge at Entrance
Edwin Perry as Judge Alwarez
Karl Thaning as Judge Chan
Michele Levin as Judge Kaplan

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Director: Pete Travis

UK – USA | 95 minutes | 2012