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DREDD (2012)

DREDD <span>(2012)</span> artwork

DREDD (2012)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 93

Release dates 07/09/2012

BBFCInsight Contains frequent strong bloody violence and gore

Genre(s) Science Fiction, Action

Director(s) Pete Travis

Cast includes Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Langley Kirkwood

Summary In DREDD, 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 neighbourhood 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.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/08/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DREDD is a sci-fi action film based on the popular comic strip. It is set in a post-apocalyptic America in which law and order is maintained by the 'Judges', who have the power to arrest and try suspects, as well as the right to carry out sentences, including execution. One of them, Judge Dredd, is sent into a tower block to investigate a series of murders. The film is rated '18' for frequent strong bloody violence and gore.

There is frequent strong violence throughout the film, much of which is bloody and gory in nature, and some of which dwells on the infliction of pain and injury. For example, there is sight of a man being skinned alive and sight of a man's face burning and disintegrating. In one scene a man pulls a woman's head towards his crotch, after which we see blood around her mouth, implying she has bitten off his penis.

The film also contains strong threat and a brief moment of implied sexual violence, in which a man hits a woman. However, the scene is brief and discreet, only implying a violent sexual fantasy inside a criminal's mind.

There is frequent use of strong language and frequent use of a futuristic and fantastical drug which has the ability to prolong pleasure. The drug is used for recreational purposes but also as a form of torture by the villains because of its ability to slow down the perception of time. However, because the drug does not actually exist, there is no endorsement of drug use in the real world.

No-one younger than 18 may see an 18 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger that 18 may rent or buy an 18 rated video or DVD.



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Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience

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