WTF Happened to Dredd?

Fans widely saw 2012’s Dredd as the movie that finally got Judge Dredd right. The 1995 Sylvester Stallone film was a notable flop, with Stallone’s career taking years to recover, and many thought the idea of making a movie based on the 2000 A.D character wasn’t going to be in the cards. However, the 2012 film, which starred Karl Urban in the lead opposite Olvia Thirlby and Lena Headey, was adored by fans and is considered one of the best sci-fi action films in recent years. Yet, it was a financial bust, and behind the scenes, there was a lot of drama involving the credited director, Pete Travis, and writer-producer Alex Garland (Ex-MachinaAnnihilationMen).

Like The Raid: RedemptionDredd takes its approach to action floor-by-floor in a dilapidated apartment complex. With bullets whizzing by, drugs consumed, and a bounty on the heads of our heroes, Travis’ film takes the title character beyond his limits. Dredd is one of the darker and more violent comic-related films of recent years, making its inability to sell many tickets a mystery. Thankfully, the film is celebrated by today’s action fans for many reasons, and we’re about to find out how and why in this new video. Huff some Slo-Mo, and enjoy!

So WTF Happened to Dredd? We’ll tell you all about it in this episode of WTF Happened to this Movie, written by Jake Dee, narrated by Dave Davis, and edited by Juan Jimenez.

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About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.