Character: Ma-Ma (Madeline Madrigal)
Original Release: July 11, 2012 (Comic-Con Convention) (US)
Directed by: Pete Travis and Alex Garland
Written by: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland, Brian Bolland
Produced by: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
Running Time: 95 minutes

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 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, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's...

Cast & Characters

Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), Jason Cope (Zwirner), Olivia Thirlby (Anderson), Rakie Ayola (Chief Judge), Tamer Burjaq (Ma-Ma Bodyguard), Warrick Grier (Caleb), Wood Harris (Kay), Shoki Mokgapa (Woman with Child), Deobia Oparei (Paramedic TJ), Patrick Lyster (Control Operator 2 ), Domhnall Gleeson (Clan Techie), Joe Vaz (Big Joe), Scott Sparrow (Japhet), Nicole Bailey (Cathy), Junior Singo (Amos), Luke Tyler (Freel), Langley Kirkwood (Judge Lex), Edwin Perry (Judge Alvarez), Karl Thaning (Judge Chan), Michele Levin (Judge Kaplan)

Photo Gallery
Filming Locations:
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Oriental City Shopping Centre, Colindale, London, England, UK
  • Cape Town Film Studios, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.
  • The film is a reboot of Judge Dredd (1995) and has the same running length as the original
  • Lena Headey worked on this film between seasons of Game of Thrones (2011-2019).
  • Lena Headey dyed her hair red for the movie.
  • Unlike the previous Judge Dredd movie, Karl Urban has confirmed that the helmet will never come off to keep true to the comic book character.
  • Some of Ma-Ma's tattoos are Lena Headey's actual tattoos, most notably the flower on her upper right arm. The make-up artists took the design and expanded it to her neck and her face.
  • In Ma-Ma's penthouse there is a Judge's helmet hanging on her wall with a length of gold chain attached to it, a nod to the comic design of Judge Dredd where the gold chain would link the badge to the uniform collar.
  • The character Ma-Ma was originally written as an elderly woman but Lena Headey convinced Alex Garland to make her a middle-age person with a male-hater personality.
  • Director Duncan Jones was offered the film, but turned it down, not because he didn't like the Alex Garland script (Jones said it was great), but because he had such a strong idea of what he wanted to do with a Dredd movie, that he felt he could not bring himself to take it on and not do it his way.
  • Michael Biehn auditioned for the lead role.
  • Despite an active social media fan supported campaign, director Pete Travis has said that there will not be a sequel.
  • The events of the film take place entirely in one day.
  • In an interview for Joblo.com Karl Urban revealed that Dredd was actually directed by Alex Garland. This explains why Pete Travis did not promote the film in any way. This makes Dredd Alex Garlands first feature.

Memorable Quotes

Ma-Ma: Peach Trees, this is Ma-Ma. Somewhere in this block are two Judges. I want them dead. Until I get what I want the block is locked down. All clan, every level, hunt the Judges down. Everyone else, clear the corridors and stay the fuck out of our way until the shooting stops. If I hear of anyone helping the Judges, I will kill them and the next generation of their families. As for the Judges... sit tight, or run. It makes no difference, you're mine.

Ma-Ma: Let him talk.
Judge Dredd: In case you people have forgotten, this block operates under the same rules as the rest of the city. Ma-Ma is not the law... I am the law. Ma-Ma is a common criminal; guilty of murder, guilty of the manufacture and distribution of the narcotic known as Slo-Mo, and as of now under sentence of death. Any who obstruct me in carrying out my duty will be treated as an accessory to her crimes... you have been warned. And as for you Ma-Ma... judgement time.

Ma-Ma: You're a piece of work, Dredd. But so am I. You think I didn't know I'd get busted some day? Goes with the territory. This entire level is rigged with enough high explosives to take out the top fifty stories. If they go, the rest go too. Like the jewelry? It's a transmitter, synced to my heartbeat. My heart stops, the building blows, and everyone in it... ash. You got no way out, Judge. Put your gun down. Do you know how many people live in this block?
Judge Dredd: This isn't a negotiation. Your sentence is death.
Ma-Ma: You can't afford to take the risk.
Judge Dredd: We're a kilometer above ground. What do you figure the range is on that thing? Could it get through a hundred levels of concrete? How about two hundred? Let's find out.

Kay: How the fuck are we gonna stop this guy?
Ma-Ma: Call 911.

Ma-Ma: How much?
Judge Lex: One million.
Ma-Ma: Million?...
Judge Lex: You got a problem with a Judge. Do you know who he is?
Ma-Ma: No...
Judge Lex: I do. One million.

Ma-Ma: Concentrate the fire!

Quotes from Cast & Crew

"South Africa was beautiful and complicated as all interesting places are."
- Lena Headey

"Had an absolute ball on Judge Dredd, playing someone is is broken and damaged, who's heart beats with rage and loss."
- Lena Headey

Awards & Nominations

Empire Awards - Empire Award - Best 3D
Empire Awards - Empire Award - Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Empire Awards - Empire Award - Best British Film
Golden Schmoes Awards - Golden Schmoes - Most Underrated Movie of the Year
Golden Schmoes Awards - Golden Schmoes - Trippiest Movie of the Year
Golden Schmoes Awards - Golden Schmoes - Best Sci-Fi Movie of the Year
Golden Schmoes Awards - Golden Schmoes - Biggest Surprise of the Year
Golden Schmoes Awards - Golden Schmoes - Coolest Character of the Year - 'Judge Dredd'
IGN Summer Movie Awards - IGN Award - Best Comic Book Adaptation Movie