Despite failing to set the box office alight during its theatrical run earlier this year, director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland’s comic book adaptation Dredd proved to be a real hit with fans of the Lawman of the Future, banishing the ghost of Sylvester Stallone’s appalling 1995 Hollywood effort to finally do justice to the iconic 2000 AD character on the big screen.
Now, with next month’s home-entertainment release fast approaching, IGN has posted a behind-the-scenes clip from the Blu-ray special features, which gives us a brief insight into how the filmmakers went about designing Mega-City One…
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, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek) 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, Juno), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighbourhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture–a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey, Game of Thrones, 300) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control centre 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.
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Dredd is released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 8th in North America and January 14th in the UK.