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->''"Negotiation's over. The sentence is death."''
-->-- '''Judge Dredd'''

''Dredd'' is a 2012 action film based on the ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' comics series. Creator/KarlUrban stars as the eponymous Dredd, Creator/OliviaThirlby as Judge Anderson, and Creator/LenaHeadey as the main villain, Ma-Ma. The film was directed by Pete Travis and written by Alex Garland.

In the far future, America has become an irradiated wasteland. In the ruins of what was once the United States lies Mega City One, a vast and violent metropolis that stretches from Boston to Washington DC--and is ruled by criminals of all stripes. The only force of order remaining in the city is "The Judges", a group of law enforcement officials who act as JudgeJuryAndExecutioner for any criminal unlucky enough to encounter one.

The film revolves around Judge Dredd, a decorated veteran Judge, and Cassandra Anderson, a rookie Judge recruited due to a genetic mutation from the nuclear fallout that gave her powerful psychic abilities. After responding to a triple murder at a 200-story slum known as "Peach Trees" as part of Anderson's final evaluation for instatement into the Judges, the two stumble upon the creators of the city's latest drug scourge: a dangerous concoction called "Slo-Mo" that lets users experience reality at a fraction of its normal speed. In response, prostitute-turned-drug lord Madeleine "Ma-Ma" Madrigal and her ruthless clan trap the Judges inside, planning to wage a vicious war to protect their empire. With no way out and the body count rising, the Judges are forced fight a relentless battle for surivival against Ma-Ma and her henchmen.

[[ButForMeItWasTuesday Just another day on the job for Judge Dredd.]]

A spin-off comic, ''Dredd: Underbelly'', was released in September 2013; a sequel, ''Dredd: Uprise'' released the following year. A web-animated mini-series about Judge Death dropped in 2014. Adi Shankar has been trying to get a sequel to the film made after strong outcry from fans and supporters alike. A crowdfunding project was made in an attempt to help get the sequel off the ground, but as of March 2015, the film is most likely scrapped. As of January 2016, the sequel campaign has shifted its focus to attempting to get a SequelSeries made instead, and there are some unspecified talks with Netflix on that possibility.

Not to be confused with the [[Film/JudgeDredd 1995 film adaptation]] starring Creator/SylvesterStallone.

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!! You are hereby sentenced to read about the tropes found in ''Dredd'':

* AbnormalAmmo: The Lawgiver hand gun carried by the Judges fires several different types of ammo. Seen in the film are standard[[note]]Regular bullets[[/note]] hotshot[[note]]a flare that can burn an enemy from the inside out[[/note]] incendiary[[note]]Bursts open mid-air to rain down burning white phosphorus[[/note]] armour-piercing,[[note]]Can punch right through armor and even concrete walls,[[/note]] stun[[note]]A round with a Taser like effect,[[/note]] and high-ex.[[note]]Short for High Explosive[[/note]] Rapid-fire and silencer are also available for standard rounds.
* ActionGirl: Judge Anderson who is taken on a pass/fail run with Dredd. She demonstrates that she is capable in combat and willing to do her job. She even stands firm against Dredd when she frees Clan Techie.
* AdaptationDistillation: Though the film isn't based on any specific storyline, many elements from the comic's 35-year run are featured in the film.
* AfterTheEnd: The movie takes place after nuclear war has rendered most of the Earth uninhabitable, except for a few giant "mega-cities."
* AggressiveNegotiations[=/=]CuttingTheKnot: The hostage-taker's attempt at bargaining his way out of a jail sentence. It doesn't end well for him.
** Ma Ma attempts the same with Dredd, only this time with explosives threatening the entire block. Dredd doesn't go for this either.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Type 1, "Stalling For Time." [[spoiler:An enemy has Dredd at his mercy and Dredd asks him to "wait" which seems like he's going to beg for his life and the enemy mocks him for it. After the enemy's death at the hands of {{Big Damn Hero|es}}ine Anderson he amends it: [[BondOneLiner "Wait for her to shoot you."]]]]
* AlliterativeName: Madeline Madrigal. The first two letters of her real name give us her criminal name Ma-Ma.
* AllThereInTheManual: The movie gives us a basic rundown of Ma-Ma's origin. The full story features in a strip published in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd Megazine''.
* AnArmAndALeg: An attempt [[spoiler:by Kay]] to use Anderson's Lawgiver gets the unauthorized user's hand blown off.
* AntiHero:
** Dredd is [[KnightTemplar willing to do anything to uphold the law as written]]. While he cares about Mega City and the people he protects, he tortures and kills perps even when they've already surrendered. Regardless, he is also shown using the proper amount of force when needed and doesn't shoot to kill until the other options are expired. For example not firing on the van in the opening scene until they run over an innocent, and using stun rounds on a pair of scared, stupid kids. He also shows willingness to break the rules when it counts. [[spoiler:Instead of flunking Anderson for losing her primary weapon, he gives her the pass she deserves.]] Likewise, he refuses to execute a murder suspect on a "mere" 99% certainty of guilt.
** Anderson is a conflicted version. Although depicted as a kinder, gentler judge compared to Dredd, she nonetheless kills several perps throughout the film.
* AntiVillain: Clan Techie, who only works for Ma-Ma under the constant threat of violence. [[spoiler:Ma-Ma personally gouged his eyes out with her bare hands to install his cybernetic eyes.]] He's apparently not a bad guy, and clearly feels uncomfortable with Ma-Ma's treatment of Anderson. [[spoiler:At the end, he helps Dredd and Anderson into Ma-Ma's fortified hideout. Anderson insists on not punishing him for his numerous crimes, despite Dredd's reluctance.]]
* ARealManIsAKiller: Rare female example with Anderson. She wants to be a Judge, but clearly lacks the level of ruthlessness and emotional detachment necessary for the job. During the raid on the apartment, Dredd methodically eliminates every hostile while Anderson can't even fire a shot. She's more willing later on, but the true turning point is when Dredd orders her to execute a perp. After this, she's more sure of herself and Dredd's respect for her grows accordingly. By the end of the film, she's gunning down mooks almost as effectively as Dredd.
* ArmorIsUseless: An easy conclusion to reach, but close attention should be paid before getting there. During the initial drug bust, Dredd's armor can actually be seen deflecting a round. After this point, everyone knows they're going up against Judges and probably loaded ammo suitable for the task. The one round that does real damage to Dredd is specifically stated to be armor piercing. Even then, only the back of his armor took damage. The wall behind him was torn to shreds while the armor was barely scratched in the front. Plus, anything that can go through a concrete wall without slowing probably isn't going to be stopped by much of anything.
* BadassBaritone[=/=]GutturalGrowler: Karl Urban does a deep voice for Dredd that puts [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Christian Bale's Batman]] to shame.
* BadassBiker: Dredd and every other Judge when on their Lawmasters.
* BadassBoast: Dredd delivers this after Anderson has been captured:
--> '''Dredd:''' Inhabitants of Peach Trees. This is 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. [[CatchPhrase 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: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Judgment time.]]
* BatmanColdOpen: the sequence at the beginning where Dredd chases down a group of perps has no connection to the plot besides introducing [[FantasticDrug Slow-Mo]] and serving as Dredd's EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Anderson gets into one with Kay. Lacking powers of his own, Kay doesn't take long to fold.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted from before the film begins with Ma-Ma, who is played by the very beautiful Lena Headey, but who has very prominent facial scarring. [[spoiler: Even more averted at the end, when Dredd tosses her off a building and we see in close-up and slow motion the effect of her landing face-first on the ground two hundred storeys below.]]
* BecomingTheMask: Anderson's character arc is basically [[TookALevelInBadass leaving behind her more humanistic civilian persona and adopting that of the Judges]], who are appropriately personified by the permanently-masked Dredd.
* BigBad: Ma-Ma who is the head of a ruthless drug syndicate and reputation for violence and brutality and responsible for a crime wave and problems related to a drug her gang produces called slow-mo.
* BigDamnHeroes: Anderson escapes her captors and stops an attempt to execute Dredd [[spoiler:by a corrupt Judge Lex.]]
* BilingualBonus: The head of the backup Judges is named Judge Lex. Lex being Latin for [[{{Irony}} law]].
* BlackBossLady: The Chief Judge. She is responsible for many Judges who operate in the harsh conditions of Mega City One, including Dredd. She makes it very clear she is in charge and readily gives Dredd an order to give Anderson a very rare Pass/Fail field exam.
* BlackComedy: Used ostentatiously in the beginning to establish the film's CrapsackWorld and more subtly done the rest of the time.
* BloodierAndGorier: Compared to the 1995 Stallone film adaptation, this movie does not shy away from being graphic in its violence, particularly during scenes using BulletTime where bullets ripping through bodies and [[YourHeadASplode craniums bursting apart]] under impact are rendered in lavish detail.
* BondOneLiner:
** [[PistolWhipping "Choke on that."]][[spoiler:After crushing the throat of one of the corrupt Judges he was struggling against with a powerful blow to the trachea.]]
** After hypothesizing that [[spoiler:Ma-Ma's deadman switch]] won't be in range at the bottom of the tower, he simply says, "[[IWarnedYou Yeah]]," when the place doesn't blow up.
** Before Dredd takes out [[spoiler:Alvarez with a Hi-Ex round]], he and [[spoiler:Lex]] discuss the fee to take out Dredd. [[spoiler:Lex]] tells Dredd that it's a million credits split four ways, to which Dredd responds three ways. When Dredd kills [[spoiler:Alvarez]], he says "Two way split."
* BookEnds:
** Begins and ends with roughly the same monologue about Mega-City One and the Judges.
** Also, the story starts off with Dredd gearing up and heading out on patrol. The movie ends with [[spoiler:Anderson, geared up, heading out on patrol.]]
** The conflict is started when Ma-Ma has three men doped on Slo-Mo and thrown off the balcony to make an example out of them. [[spoiler:The conflict ends when Dredd gives her a KarmicDeath, doping Ma-Ma and throwing her down.]]
* BoomHeadshot:
** Judge Anderson and Dredd deliver plenty to various unfortunate {{Mook}}s:
** Of particular note is the cruel way Dredd takes out the perp he's chasing at the start. The hotshot round he uses fries the inside of his head.
** One of the two Slo-Mo clients that were with Kay during the bust gets one through the face. Appropriately, the entire scene is in slow motion.
** One of the [[spoiler:corrupt Judges]] that tries to take down Dredd meets the business end of a High-Ex round. The boom extends to more than just his head.
** A key moment in Anderson's character development is when she does this after she's ordered by Dredd to execute a wounded mook.
** The medic who initially refused to help Dredd and Anderson is shot in the head [[spoiler:by the corrupt judges after he says he would be willing to testify about what was really going on.]]
** Shortly after freeing herself, Anderson disarms a mook and sends an automatic rifle burst at his chin, upwards. Viewers get a very detailed look at his head ''disassembling''.
* BoringInsult: An indirect version. When Dredd delivers his verdict over the PA system, he makes a point that Ma-Ma is a "common criminal," specifically to deflate the image of untouchable power she's created for herself.
* BringMyBrownPants: After losing a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind against Anderson, Kay wets himself.
* BottomlessMagazines:
** Averted - the film makes a point of highlighting what a major concern this would be even for Dredd in a lockdown situation. Once he realizes they're trapped, he tells Anderson to conserve ammunition, and as the movie goes on, a major source of drama is his dwindling ammunition. [[spoiler:Luckily, after four corrupt Judges make an appearance at Ma-Ma's request, Dredd is armed to the teeth for the final conflict]].
** Also averted in the GatlingGood scene, where we see ammunition packs being wheeled up before they open fire. When Dredd makes his miraculous reappearance, Ma Ma can't even shoot him because she's used up all her ammo.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: For Anderson, this was a hellish baptism of fire into the life of a street judge that rocked her to her very core and changed the way she saw herself and the world around her. For Dredd, it was just a drug bust, [[spoiler:although the appearance of the corrupt judges probably made it a bit more memorable than usual]].
* ByTheBookCop:
** Dredd adheres very strictly to the letter of the law in general. His first mission is to protect whatever peace there is, not kill criminals, and he always follows protocol. It's not his fault most of the perps he faces are TooDumbToLive after he gives them ample warning.
** Near the climax, Anderson reveals to Dredd that [[spoiler:she knows she's failed her assessment due to losing her sidearm, an automatic disqualification, yet points out that until her assessment is officially over she ''has'' to fight alongside him. This willingness to uphold the law despite gaining nothing from doing so is probably the reason Dredd gives her a passing grade]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Johannesburg]] stands in for the eastern [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]]-based Mega City One.
* CallBack: When they prepare for their first bust and Dredd asks if she's ready, Anderson says she is, and Dredd expresses his doubt. When they're about to breach Ma-Ma's penthouse:
-->'''Dredd:''' You ready?\\
'''Anderson:''' Yeah.\\
'''Dredd:''' (''approving'') You look ready.
* CallingYourAttacks: Justified because the Lawgiver Pistol's special rounds like High Explosive and Incendiary are voice activated.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Ma-Ma doesn't kill one of her lieutenants for getting her drug operation exposed, but only out of practical concerns, because Dredd has already killed too many of her soldiers by that point and she's short on manpower.
* CatchPhrase: Judge Dredd's iconic "I am the law."
* TheCavalry:
** Subverted. Four judges do arrive as backup. Turns out [[spoiler:[[CavalryBetrayal they've been bribed to kill Dredd]]. Fortunately, Dredd and Anderson figure this out quickly]].
** Also subverted earlier when two judges arrive at the building, but they decide to wait outside for a while when the Clan Techie convinces them that there's a technical malfunction with the blast doors. They get sent off on their way when the other four arrive.
* ChekhovsGun:
** A bunch of kids are seen playing on a skateboard ramp installed on a balcony of the Peach Tree Block, which is sealed off by the lockdown. [[spoiler:When trapped on the same floor by Gatling gun fire, Dredd blows a hole in the wall to escape to it.]]
** The Lawgiver guns are keyed to a specific ID as seen in the opening sequence when Dredd puts his gear on. Later in the film, when Kay tries to execute Anderson with her own weapon, the ID check fails, causing the gun to explode, destroying his hand and part of his lower arm.
* TheCityNarrows: Peach Trees is one for Mega City One. A hot bed of crime and poverty, it also serves as the center of Slo-Mo distribution and manufacture in the city. Ma-Ma was able to ruthlessly take over the block due to the low presence of Judges across Mega City One. Peach Trees had not seen a judge for a long time until Anderson and Dredd showed up to investigate a trio of grisly murders meant to send a message to rival gangs.
* ClosedCircle: The very premise is trapping Dredd and the rookie he's saddled with in a high-rise building and forcing them to fight it out.
* CloserToEarth: Initially played straight with Anderson, who's portrayed as caring considerably more about people than Dredd and then subverted over the course of the film, although she's still able to convince Dredd that [[spoiler:letting Clan Techie go]] is the right thing to do.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover:
** Averted. The miniguns used by Ma-Ma chew through the entire side of the block they're fired at, and one lucky shot actually went clean through the reinforced blast doors at the back.
** Later on, Dredd hides behind a brick wall but the [[spoiler:corrupt Judge]] EliteMook hunting him just fires straight through it with armor-piercing rounds, [[spoiler:eventually nailing Dredd in the side.]]
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The four Judges called in as backup [[spoiler:for Ma-Ma get taken out in short order, two by Dredd and two by Anderson]].
* ContemplatingYourHands: We first see Ma-Ma in the tub, stoned on Slo-Mo, grooving to the splash patterns her hands are making in the water.
* ContinuityReboot: Of the 1995 film ''Film/JudgeDredd'' into a more dark and gritty film.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Anderson's BigDamnHeroes moment where she rescues Dredd from Lex by firing a burst of automatic fire into Lex's back.
* CoolBike: The Law Master motorcycles of the Judges. Not only is their design and coloration with the Judge symbol on it unique, they include other special features such as machineguns and voice activated features like "crowd control" with the bike warning bystanders away under penalty of law via a built in loudspeaker. Unlike the Lawmasters in the Stallone version, the props were actually built realistically and actually worked properly.
* CrapsackWorld: Mega-City One is, for lack of a better term, a shithole, located on the edge of the radioactive wasteland that covers most of North America. According to Dredd there are tens of thousands of crimes in Mega-City One ''every single day'', and the Judges only have the manpower to respond to around 6% of all that. Violent crimes are so common that rookie Judges have a 20% mortality rate, comparable to military forces directly involved in extended combat. That's not over the course of their first year, that's over the course of their first ''day''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The three drug pushers in the beginning are skinned, dosed with Slo-Mo, then tossed off the top-floor balcony so they can experience every moment of their unavoidable deaths in agonizing detail. Because of the sheer height of the building and the effects of the drug, from their point of view it took 15-20 minutes to make the fall.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: So much that the cinematographer admitted to basing the film's look partly on ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* DangerDeadpan: Exemplified in [[NotSoDifferent Dredd and Ma-Ma]] but evident across most of the characters; not surprising given that the majority of them are either professional highly-armed police officers or hardened highly-armed drug dealers.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** Ma-Ma orders her gang to forgo raping and torturing Anderson in favor of shooting her until she's dead to cover up what was really going on at Peach Trees.
** After the Gatling gun attack Caleb refuses to accept Dredd or Anderson are dead [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat until he finds at least part of the corpses]].
** Dredd realizes that Ma-Ma declared war on him because she's afraid of Kay being arrested and interrogated.
* DeadManSwitch: Ma-Ma uses one linked to a bomb to try and protect herself. [[spoiler:Emphasis on ''try''.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Dredd.
-->'''Anderson:''' He's thinking of making a move for your gun.\\
'''Dredd:''' Yup.\\
(''{{beat}}'')\\
'''Anderson:''' He just changed his mind.\\
'''Dredd:''' Yeeeee-up.
* DeathByLookingUp: An unfortunate beggar, sat beneath Peach Trees' blast doors, is crushed to death when Ma-Ma puts the block under lockdown.
* DesignatedGirlFight: The only female [[spoiler:corrupt Judge]] hired by Ma-Ma goes after Anderson, while the three males contracted by Ma-Ma go for Dredd. It's then subverted when Anderson unceremoniously kills her and moves on to kill the one that has cornered Dredd. [[spoiler:If there was ever any doubt, Dredd later proves he has no problem killing women.]]
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:Dredd drops the BigBad out a window after issuing a death sentence. Justified, in that she has a transmitter that will destroy the top fifty floors of the block and Dredd needed to make sure she was out of range when she died.]]
* DirtForcefield: A justified one appears when Kay starts his BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind. To begin with, he's as bloodied and beaten as he is in real life, yet when he realizes he can imagine whatever he wants, he's instantly spotless.
* DirtyCop: Four Judges are called in [[spoiler:by Ma-Ma when Dredd proves too formidable an opponent to take down on her own.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: The three rival drug dealers at the beginning, with the added torment of being skinned first and dosed with Slo-Mo so the fall lasts a long, long time in their minds. [[spoiler:Then Caleb about halfway through, and Ma-Ma at the end, both chucked by Dredd.]] The second instance is unique; we not only see the hard and bloody impact, we get see it from the perspective of ''the ground the victim lands on''.
* TheDragon: Caleb is Ma-Ma's right hand man. [[spoiler:Though he gets killed rather simply by Dredd about halfway through.]]
* DramaticUnmask: Averted, although still worth noting because of how common they are in comic book movies, how judges wear helmets that conceal their face, and how the previous movie did it. Dredd never takes his mask off at all. The original intention was for this trope to be played straight, but Creator/KarlUrban, in keeping with the character, refused to take his helmet off.
* TheDreaded: Appropriately, [[PunnyName Dredd]] fits this trope, at least within the Justice Department. The knowledge that Dredd is in Peach Trees is enough reason [[spoiler:for [[DirtyCop Judge Lex]]]] to demand a million-credit bounty. That said, he's not as [[MemeticBadass known and feared]] by the general populace as he is in the comics.
* DrugsAreBad: In a broad sense in the film with the use of narcotics being illegal, but the spotlight is given to the new kid on the block, Slo-Mo.
* ElectronicEyes: The Clan Techie sports them for working with computers; it's the result of [[spoiler:Ma-Ma gouging his eyes out with her thumbs before the surgery.]]
* EliteMooks: Basically the role of the four [[spoiler:dirty Judges]] hired by Ma-Ma late in the film.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Ma-Ma's gang consists of white people, black people, and Asians. However, there is an odd lack of other women.
* EyeScream: The Clan Techie has [[ElectronicEyes cybernetic eyes]] he uses when he's working with computers. The area around them looks pretty badly irritated, and to make matters worse [[spoiler:it's later shown that Ma-Ma gouged his eyes out with her thumbs before the surgery.]]
* TheFaceless: As in the comics, Dredd's face is never seen with his helmet off. The back of his head is seen with the helmet off once as he is in the process of getting dressed for work. Even then he is heavily silhouetted leaving the view obscured.
* FairCop: Anderson. A young rookie judge. Kay comments on her as being pretty as part of his attempt to intimidate her.
* FantasticDrug: Slo-Mo, which causes the user to [[SlowMotion experience time at a fraction of its normal speed]].
* FanService: Kay undressing Anderson in his mind during his soon-to-expire [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck speech.]] Quickly becomes FanDisservice, though, when she telepathically changes his fantasy into Ma-Ma [[GroinAttack biting his dick off]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Dredd and Kay both say this will happen to Anderson if she's taken alive. Subverted when [[spoiler:she is captured, but Ma-Ma forbids any torture or rape in order to successfully cover her death up as a drug bust gone bad]].
* FinishHim: Dredd orders newbie Anderson to put a bullet through a disabled mook's head.
* FlayingAlive: Ma-Ma has this done to the three drug dealers that Kay caught in the beginning of the film. Followed shortly after by DestinationDefenestration.
* FluffyTheTerrible: A crimelord called Ma-Ma ruling over a slum tower named Peach Trees.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ma-Ma was a petty prostitute getting abused by her Pimp, before she became the most violent and ruthless crime lord in Peach Trees.
* GangOfHats: The three gangs that dominated Peach Trees before the Ma-Ma Clan took over all had their own distinctive looks, including "The Judged" who tattooed their heads to look like judge helmets and wore improvised judge outfits.
* GatlingGood: More like Gatling ''Bad''. Ma-Ma and her mooks attempt to take out Dredd and Anderson using mounted rotary cannons, which carve up the entire floor they're on. Dredd manages to escape by blowing a hole into a exterior wall nearby.
* GeniusBruiser: Dredd is not the standard run-and-gun action hero. He's perfectly capable of setting traps, using squad tactics, and [[TakeAThirdOption taking third options]].
* GenreSavvy: When Dredd, [[spoiler:having already taken a bullet to the side, is about to be killed by one of the dirty Judges, he asks him to "wait", knowing full well that it will buy enough time for Anderson to shoot the Judge in the back because he can't resist delaying the kill to gloat and make fun of Dredd for seemingly begging to not be shot.]]
* GenreThrowback: Minus the movie being a comic property, the action scenes seem to resemble the gory 80's action movies.
* {{Gorn}}: Many of the gory parts of the film are rendered in high detail with a few using slow motion.
* GroinAttack:
** Ma-Ma reportedly [[ManBitesMan bit her pimp's penis off]], at the start of her rise from a prostitute to a drug lord.
** When Anderson ventures into Kay's mind, he imagines that she's performing fellatio on him, which she changes into Ma-Ma biting his penis off.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The main plot is kicked off when Kay is arrested by Dredd and Anderson, since his position in Ma-Ma's gang makes him privy to information that could unravel their entire operation.
* HellBentForLeather: Judge uniforms consist of leather-looking jackets. Justified in that they patrol on bikes and the sturdiness of leather would be good backing for even ballistic armour.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic:
** Notably averted by Dredd who keeps his helmet on for the entire film apart from the LockAndLoadMontage in his first scene.
** Played straight with Anderson who wears one while riding her Lawmaster but otherwise doesn't wear the helmet because it interferes with her telepathic powers. Even when [[DeadpanSnarker Dredd notes that a bullet to the head would interfere with them more.]]
* HeroicResolve: Anderson displays this when she and Dredd encounter the Clan Techie, and Anderson, reading his mind, sees how badly abused he's been by Ma-Ma, and lets him go. Dredd reminds her that letting a perp go is both a fail in terms of her assessment, and a felony. She in turn observes that she's ''already'' failed, because she let herself be relieved of her primary weapon, but as long as the assessment is still under way, she has the right to dispense justice as she sees fit. As such, she's determined that the Techie is a victim, not a perp, and she intends to finish the job she and Dredd started, even though she knows that her chances of ever being a Judge are now zero. [[spoiler: From the expression on what we can see of Dredd's face, this would seem to be the moment when he decides that she has, in fact, passed.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Played with. Kay is ordered to shoot Anderson, so he decides to do it with her own Lawgiver. As Lawgivers are [[PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements designed to prevent strangers from using them]], this goes [[SelfDestructMechanism poorly]]. [[AnArmAndALeg For him resulting in part his lower arm and all of his hand being blown off]].
** Ma-Ma's plan to bring in outside help [[spoiler:in the form of corrupt Judges]] to kill Dredd and Anderson ultimately only serves to provide them with more ammo.
** The entire plot of the movie is kicked off by Kay trying to score points with Ma-Ma by suggesting that she might want to make an example of the three rival drug dealers. He could have just killed them himself and disposed of the bodies without drawing the attention of the Judges.
* HollywoodHacking: Averted for the most part by Clan Techie. Gaining control of the building involves a team of gunmen storming the operations room and monkeying with the hardware, and then Techie has to make a number of high-pressure social engineering phone calls to convince other controllers in Mega City One that the lockdown of the building is warranted. A FreezeFrameBonus also shows him using [[http://nmap.org/movies/ NMap]], a genuine network scanner frequently used in computer security circles. Inquisitive techies will notice that Clan Techie is probably using Linux or one of the BSD variants to hack/control the Peach Trees system. Whenever he's hacking something, you can see he's actually using bash instead of going through the usual graphical eye-candy associated with the trope.
* HostageSituation: Consistently defied with Dredd. Once you've been sentenced, you have a choice between surrender for standard punishment or resist for summary execution. Or, if you're already sentenced to death, you can choose how quick it will be.
* HumanShield: The one thug left standing after the opening car chase takes a hostage and tries to negotiate with Dredd. It doesn't work.
* IAmTheNoun: Dredd's CatchPhrase: "I am the law."
* ImplacableMan: Mobilize all your heavily-armed thugs, level the apartment with your [[MoreDakka giant mounted miniguns]], call in your [[TheCavalry cavalry]]. It won't make a difference. Dredd will walk through that Hell and bring you to justice without even moving above a run.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Lawgivers, the standard sidearm of a Judge. Looks like a HandCannon, sounds like the breath of God, and fires an assortment of ammunition for a variety of devastating effects.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Dredd becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:the corrupt Judges when he runs into one who claims to be Dredd and Anderson's backup, yet doesn't ask about Anderson's status.]]
* InfantImmortality:
** Dredd, when cornered by two juves, gives them the option of a body bag or the juve cubes. When they attack him, he uses [[StunGun stun rounds]] on them.
** In the aftermath of the rotary cannons, a lone child is seen crawling from the rubble caused from the destruction of several layers of concrete, since he was lucky enough to be ''just'' short enough that most of the fire was above his head.
** Also subverted ''during'' the minigun scene, where a family (including two kids) that tries to hide behind a table in their apartment tragically find out that a door, concrete walls, and a flimsy wooden table won't stop high-caliber bullets.
* IronicName:
** One of the crappiest places in Mega City One is named Peach Trees.
** The corrupt Judge Lex's name means "law".
* ItGetsEasier: Anderson has a hard time putting down a wounded perp, but does so on Dredd's orders. She's a lot quicker on the trigger after that, to the point where later in the movie she coldly shoots a disabled mook in the back as she walks over his body.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Subverted. Dredd attempts to beat the information he needs out of Kay partly because he is royally pissed at Ma-Ma's recent massacre. Anderson stops him, since she can get better results with her PsychicPowers.
* JustInTime: After getting shot in the abdomen, Dredd stalls [[spoiler:a corrupt Judge]] just long enough for Anderson to come to his rescue.
* KarmicDeath: Dredd gives Ma-Ma a taste of her own "medicine", giving the same treatment that she gave to competitors in the beginning of the film: [[spoiler:He gives her a dose of Slo-Mo before tossing her out a window, similar to how she dosed the three competing drug dealers before throwing their skinned alive bodies off the balcony.]]
* KillItWithFire:
** At the start of the movie, Dredd uses a Hot-Shot round to kill a perp, frying the guy's skull from the inside and leaving no blood spatter on the hostage.
** Later, in Peach Trees, Dredd uses an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Phosphorus Incendiary round]] to torch a group of thugs who've converged on what they think is his current position.
* LeaveNoSurvivors: Attempted murder of a Judge carries the death penalty. Judges can carry out sentencing for crimes on the spot. This infers Judges the right to execute almost anyone who participated in a shootout against them. Even if the perp is wounded and helpless.
* LittleNo: Dredd manages to turn this into a BadassBoast.
-->'''Dispatch''': Do you require backup?\\
'''Dredd''': [[{{Badass}} No.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage:
** The film begins with Dredd gearing up and checking his Lawgiver, which displays the [[ChekhovsGun DNA ID check and ammo types]].
** Dredd and Anderson both get one just before they storm Ma-Ma's final strong point.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: The Lawgivers have biometric locks that limit them to a specific Judge. [[spoiler:Kay learns this the hard way.]]
* LudicrousGibs: A lot of blood and body parts go all over the place through out the film.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Ma-Ma orders her mooks to make it look like the Judges walked in on a gang turf war and were shot in the cross fire. In this CrapsackWorld, it would count as an 'accidental' death.
* MarqueeAlterEgo: Averted both in the film and on the poster. Dredd is only seen without his helmet briefly at the beginning, his back to to the camera in a darkened room.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Are you ready?" Dredd asks this of Anderson three times. The first two, he looks at her sceptically or adds that she doesn't look ready. Third time, after she's gained his respect, he amends the statement.
* MeaningfulName: A psychic who just happens to be named Cassandra. However, this is more of a reference than anything else, as Dredd shows plenty of trust in her abilities. He doesn't, however, like the idea of someone who didn't qualify to be a Judge being given a pass, especially when 20% of rookie Judges are killed on their first day of duty.
* MegaCity: Mega-City One, covering the eastern US coast from Boston to Washington, DC in one giant city.
* MercyKill: When Kay has Anderson captured and at his mercy, he claims that shooting her is this. As he says, she's "not cut out for this; if it didn't happen today it would be tomorrow, or a week from now" and that being shot by him is merciful compared to what someone else might do. It ends up being subverted a few moments later, however, [[spoiler:when he stupidly tries to shoot her with her own gun, which self-destructs because of the Lawgiver's biometric scanner]].
* MindRape: Taken to its most literal extreme with Judge Anderson and Kay. Since her abilities are always on, he tries to get to her by imagining himself ''actually'' raping her. She smacks him with her gun to make him knock it off. Later, during their BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, he tries it again. This time, however, Anderson is ready and [[GroinAttack changes the experience somewhat]].
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A triple homicide reveals a massive drug operation headquartered in Peach Trees.
* MissingMissionControl: The baddies jamming communication between Dredd and Mission Control is a key plot point.
* MoreDakka: Ma-Ma takes this approach when she decides to get GatlingGood.
** Averted with the lawgivers. Automatic fire is an option on them, but Dredd and Anderson never resort to firing more than short bursts.
* {{Mutants}}: A result of the atomic wars that occurred in the backstory. Some are stated to have no arms, three arms, etc. Anti-mutant graffiti can be seen in the Peach Trees block. Anderson is a borderline case, being a telepath. Kay even points out how lucky she is that her mutation does not affect her physical appearance. Dredd indicates that mutants are generally banned from becoming Judges; Anderson was let in because her telepathic ability exceeds any recorded case.
* MythologyGag:
** A news ticker contains the info: "Judge Palmer deploys Stumm Gas on day six of Fergee Memorial riots". Fergee was a character who had several memorials built in his honor around the city after the events in the comic story ''The Day The Law Died'', not to mention Dredd's PluckyComicRelief in [[Film/JudgeDredd the last film]].
** A city block is named [[ComicBook/StrontiumDog Sternhammer]].
** A "Joe Soap" billboard with Joe Saturday's face on it can be seen, referencing the classic ''2000 AD'' story "Chronocops" by Alan Moore.
** There's a poster for a movie called ''Krysler's Mark'', referencing the "Judge Child" storyline.
** Graffiti referencing at least two stories from the comic ''Chopper'' and ''The Art of Kenny Who'' and fan film ''Judge Minty''.
** One of the first perps seen wears a jacket with "Drokk", a classic Dredd not-quite-swear word, painted on the back.
** On one of the screens at control in the Hall of Justice it shows that Judge Hershey, a recurring character in the comics, has been assigned to the riots in the city.
** While cornered by [[spoiler:two of the crooked judges]], Dredd asks one of them how much he was paid to "[[Film/JudgeDredd betray the law]]".
** One of the judges who responds to Dredd's call for backup first, the two waiting outside when the [[spoiler:CavalryBetrayal]] arrives, is credited as Judge Guthrie. The other is credited as Judge Volt.
** One of the Judges under Lex is named Alvarez, after a minor Judge from the storyline "The Pit". [[spoiler:That Alvarez was also corrupt, and also got gunned down by Dredd]].
** Peach Trees is located in [[ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective Sector 13]].
** Dredd's face is never seen. The only time he is seen without the helmet is from behind, with most of his body in shadow during the LockAndLoadMontage at the beginning.
** Zwirner's arrest record shows Judge Griffin as an arresting officer.
** The first victim in the food court is a [[FatSlob Fattie]] with the trademark [[http://judgedredd.wikia.com/wiki/Fattie belliwheel]] seen just to the side of his body.
* NaiveNewcomer: Anderson plays this role, but the movie inverts the usual mechanic; rather than Anderson asking Dredd questions, Dredd gives Anderson pop quizzes throughout the film as part of her assessment.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The eponymous Judge Dredd. [[spoiler:The traitor judges note he has a well known reputation making the cost of their services to eliminate Dredd go up.]]
* NeckSnap: Judge Anderson finishes off Kay by kicking him hard enough in the face to do this.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Scrupulously {{averted}} by Ma-Ma and her clan.
-->'''Caleb''': They're not dead until we find them dead. Or part of them, anyway.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Dredd and Anderson are cut off from outside support, running low on ammo without hope for a resupply:
** Dredd [[spoiler:takes ammo off the body of one of the corrupt Judges]].
** Anderson [[spoiler:takes one of the gang members' submachine guns and presumably extra ammo for it after Kay tries and fails to kill her with her primary weapon, destroying it in the process, and thus freeing her to use alternate munitions]].
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The guy running the med center refuses to shelter Dredd and Anderson for fear of collateral damage. He later tries to help out [[spoiler:Dredd's "backup"]] by telling what's really going on... [[spoiler:except they're on Ma-Ma's payroll. He's shot dead on the spot.]]
* NoHuggingNoKissing: There's no sexual tension between Dredd and Anderson and no romantic subplot of any kind. Apparently, the original script included a kiss between Dredd and Anderson, but this was cut at the request of John Wagner.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: See GatlingGood, but subverted. Ma-Ma's dragon matter-of-factly states that, until a body is found, they're to assume otherwise.
-->'''Gang member:''' There's ''no way'' they survived.\\
'''[[TheDragon Caleb]]:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy They ain't dead until we find 'em dead.]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Or part of 'em, anyway.]]
* NoOSHACompliance: Peach Trees has a skateboard park built on the outside of the seventieth floor with no safety rails of any kind. The only saving grace is a moderate amount of flat ground between the ramp and the edge.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Ma-ma switches this trope on when she's upset with someone. In one scene, she's practically caressing Clan Techie... whilst sliding a knife over his belly. He is appropriately terrified.
* NotSoDifferent: Never outright stated, but a subtle theme of the film.
** Both Caleb and Dredd instruct their ally to shoot and kill an already severely wounded and incapacitated enemy.
** Dredd and Ma-Ma both make almost identical speeches over the building's PA system: they both essentially boil down to "I'm coming for you; anyone who gets in the way will die."
** Dredd and Ma-Ma both resort to fairly brutal means of killing their enemies. Ma-Ma has her victims skinned alive; Dredd burns a squad of mooks alive with an incendiary round.
** Dredd and [[spoiler:Ma-Ma]] are both shot in almost the exact same spot on their bodies.
** Dredd and Ma-Ma both execute an enemy by dosing them with Slo-Mo and throwing them off the 200th floor of the building.
** To make the metaphor visual: when [[spoiler:Ma-Ma]] dies, her blood briefly forms the red 'X' pattern that appears on a Judge's helmet.
** Lampshaded when they finally meet face-to-face. "You're a piece of work, Dredd. But then so am I."
* NotSoStoic: Dredd drops his usually unflappable demeanor when he's faced with rotary cannons, and runs like hell. Though, being Dredd, he still manages to flee in a fairly composed (given the situation!) and manly way.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont:
** Dredd pulls this trick on two juves who hold him up. They think he's lying but check anyway, and that moment gives Dredd enough time to draw his Lawgiver, turning it into a Mexican standoff.
** Anderson also pulls a version of this on [[spoiler:Kay when he has her Lawgiver. Although in this case, it was a "pull the trigger and it explodes instead" variety.]]
* OhCrap:
** A big one happens with Dredd when he finds the Gatling guns pointed at him. About the only time you see him look or sound worried.
** Ma-Ma has one after seeing Dredd stroll nonchalantly out of the wreckage caused by her rotary cannons and throw her [[TheDragon Dragon]] off the balcony. Later, she has a second one after Dredd makes his speech and then leaves a trap for the team she sent to converge on his location. The incendiary ammo probably helped deal a psychological blow.
** At the start of the movie, the collective reaction from the three nameless criminals when they realize they're being pursued by a Judge can only be described as sheer panic.
* OneBadMother: Ma-Ma, the evil drug lord in control of the city slum that the movie takes place in. Played with in that it's a shortened form of her real full name, '''Ma'''deline '''Ma'''drigal.
* OneBulletLeft: Dredd, when cornered by [[spoiler:corrupt Judges]] and out of standard ammo, takes a desperation shot with his last remaining round: a [[StuffBlowingUp Hi-Ex]]. The victim's head explodes, making sure he won't be a problem. Unfortunately, this also clues in the last one that his gun is now empty.
* OneManArmy: Dredd and Anderson [[BashBrothers are together]] for most of the conflict, but Dredd proves more than a match for Ma-Ma's forces when they're separated.
* OneRiotOneRanger: Typically how Judges are dispatched. A disproportionate ratio of crimes to Judges really cuts down on available backup. A display in the Hall of Justice, when the triple homicides are reported, show that Judge Hershey has literally been assigned to handle a riot by herself.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Both Dredd and Anderson get shot in the abdomen and, after applying basic field dressing, are able to walk shortly thereafter without any ill effects. Dredd even kicks a door down about a minute after patching himself up. To be fair, Dredd does use a personal medkit with some sort of cauterizing gel (possibly somewhere along the lines of medi-gel in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' or biofoam in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'') to patch himself up, while the fighting was over by the time he helped patch Anderson up. In Dredd's case, the damage from the bullet wound was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the result of an armor-piercing round which went straight through him. There was no bullet to remove and minimum trauma, provided it hit nothing critical on its way through.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Several times, most blatantly in the opening narration, where Karl Urban mispronounces America as "Americer".
* OrderVsChaos: A major theme of the franchise. Judges have tyrannical powers and routinely engage in PoliceBrutality by contemporary standards, but in the CrapsackWorld of Mega City One, they're the only thing keeping society from falling apart.
* OrphansPlotTrinket[=/=]TragicKeepsake: Anderson's photo of her parents. Anderson's parents had died of cancer and her desire to help those who grew up in bad block like she did drives her to become a Judge.
* OutrunTheFireball: Dredd has to outrun the destruction caused by three Gatling guns fired by Ma-Ma and her crew.
* PerpetualFrowner: Just like the comics, Urban's audition for Dredd could very well have been showing how well he can scowl while not seeing the top part of his head.
* PetTheDog:
** Dredd is [[AntiHero ruthless as he needs to be]] as a Judge and spends most of the movie teaching Anderson the same principles. Towards the end of the movie, Anderson [[spoiler:spares Ma-Ma's tech guy because she could tell he was coerced]] and when she stood by her decision, Dredd allowed it and seemed mildly impressed. Early on, perhaps out of pragmatism more than anything else, he lets a homeless guy slide on a vagrancy charge, so long as the guy isn't there by the time he gets back. The homeless man stayed put, and ran out his charity with Dredd ordering him to come with them.
** Dredd also elects to stun, rather than kill, two would be young gang members after his attempt to intimidate them into surrender failed. This after killing gang members outright and ordering Anderson to carry out a execution sentence on a wounded criminal that was trying to kill them.
* PinPullingTeeth: Justified as Dredd is peeling the cover off the adhesive side of a breaching charge rather than trying to pull the pin out of a grenade.
* PlummetPerspective: [[spoiler:Ma-Ma]] gets a good, long look at just how far she's about to fall.
* PoliceAreUseless:
** Dredd's backup gets locked outside the building by the techie who covers with a story that it is in lockdown because of a drill and that they can't override the drill because of a fire. They are later easily dismissed [[spoiler:by the four corrupt Judges on Ma-Ma's payroll.]] Who simply order the doors opened for them and it happens instantly.
** The Judges are extremely effective but there is so much crime and they are spread so thin that only 6% of reported crimes are investigated. Ma-Ma conquered the entire Peach Trees building and the three individual gangs within without so much as a single judge investigating, and it's hard to believe she hasn't killed more since then.
* PoorCommunicationKills: On the villain's side, Anderson manages to escape capture not only due to her executioner's stupidity, but because Kay never bothered to mention that she's a psychic.
* PragmaticVillainy: Ma-Ma. She doesn't want Anderson raped or tortured... because she's still hoping to cover up what's going on. She goes to great lengths to kill Dredd, Anderson and their prisoner... not because she's AxCrazy, but because if the judges interrogate Kay and find out what her real business is, she's as good as dead anyway, so she has nothing to lose by resorting to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill overkill]].
** She also opts not to kill an underling who failed her, noting that as much as he deserves it, the Judges have left her under too severe a manpower crunch to bump off any of her own men.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
** "Judgment time."
** "Let's finish this."
* PreciousPhoto: Anderson keeps a photo of her and her parents when she was a kid in her pocket. [[spoiler:After being captured, Kay has a glance of her photo and drops it to the ground. After his arm gets blown off by Anderson's lawgiver, she gets the photo back.]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
** If you watch the film with subtitles on, there are a number of others hidden in background dialogue.
** After [[spoiler:watching one of his fellow corrupt judges head explode, Lex has one.]]
---> "Motherfucker!"
** Dredd gets one when he sees Ma-Ma's rotary cannons spinning up -- aiming at him.
--->'''Dredd:''' Oh, ''[[OhCrap shit.]]''
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** "You have been judged. The sentence is death."
** "Defense noted."
* ProtagonistTitle: Judge Dredd is the protagonist, with more audience-relatable Anderson backing him up.
* PsychicPowers: Anderson, who can read minds and mess with them as demonstrated with her interrogation of Kay.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Subverted. Ma-Ma orders Dredd to put down his Lawgiver or she'll blow the block. Dredd, being the [[AntiHero no-nonsense individual]] that he is, simply shoots her, doses her up with Slo-Mo, [[DestinationDefenestration then tosses her out the window]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dredd shows himself to be this with the vagrant living outside of Peach Trees, giving him until Dredd and Anderson come back out with their perp to clear out instead of spending months in jail. The hobo doesn't move, but Dredd does say "I gave you a warning, get up." He also prevents Kay from being executed under a 99% chance that he is the murderer. He also allows Anderson's [[spoiler:sparing of Clan Techie, in light of her explanation]]. As noted previously, Dredd is as ruthless as he ''needs'' to be, and not an ounce more.
* RealityEnsues:
** The movie shows realistically what happens to a person after a gruesome injury. Those slow-motion shots of bullets deforming and tearing open people's bodies? That's not exaggerated for the sake of {{Gorn}}; that's what a speeding bullet ''really does'' to flesh.
** Ammo conservation is a serious problem once Dredd and Anderson are locked in the building. Dredd actually runs out late in the film, really heightening the drama when he's up against an armed foe, but he manages to get his hands on more magazines for the final battle.
* RecursiveAmmo: The Incendiary round for the Lawgiver, which is a round that splits into multiple white phosphorus submunitions.
* RedHerring: You might think that Slo-Mo, with its ability to induce incredible BulletTime vision in the user, would be used at ''some'' point in the film by someone on either side of the conflict to give them a possible edge in a firefight. You'd be wrong.
* RevealingCoverup: At first Ma-Ma's reactions seem pretty typical for someone trying to hunt down two Judges... until she indiscriminately slaughters an entire floor of civilians in an attempt to kill them without concern for their hostage. Dredd quickly figures out that this massive overreaction can only mean that the hostage they're toting, Kay, knows more than Dredd or Anderson had realized.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
-->'''Anderson''': Wrong answer?\\
'''Dredd''': [[DeadpanSnarker You're the psychic]].
* {{Satire}}: Like the comics, it plays off the desensitizing of the population due to the graphic violence that surrounds them. After a shootout and Dredd executing a perp, you see a cleaning machine go by, wiping up the mess and trailing a cart of dead bodies, with an announcement that the food court would reopen in a half hour sounding in the background. Also, near the beginning, when Dredd and Anderson go to Peach Trees to investigate the murders of the three men dropped from the top floor, there's a rather large group of people standing around the dead bodies, one of them taking pictures with his cellphone.
* ScarredEquipment:
** Dredd's armor and helmet are thoroughly scratched up from years of service policing the violent streets of [=MegaCity One=] and reflecting his status as a veteran Judge.
** Anderson's equipment starts out pristine showing her to be a rookie and new to the mean streets of Mega City One. As the movie progresses and Anderson earns her title as a judge her equipment becomes increasingly scarred showing signs of wear and tear like Dredd's.
* SceneryPorn: There are some ''beautiful'' panning shots of Mega City One, overlapping with SceneryGorn once we get up close and realize what a WretchedHive it is.
* SeenItAll: After what seems like the toughest day of Dredd's life, he is asked what happened and gives a casual reply [[spoiler:of "Drug bust"]]. Just another day on the streets for Judge Dredd.
* SelfDestructMechanism: Comes in ''handy'' to prevent Judge [[HandCannon Lawgivers]] from falling into criminal ''hands'' as Kay finds out to his [[AnArmAndALeg loss]].
* ShootTheHostageTaker: In the opening, Judge Dredd is faced with a fugitive holding a gun to a woman's head. Unwilling to negotiate beyond "life in prison" or "summary execution", he eventually fires a hot-shot into the perp's mouth, melting his brain from the inside.
* ShoutOut:
** One building is named after ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', Neill Blomkamp's follow-up film to ''Film/{{District 9}}''. Producer Alex Garland has stated Blomkamp's films were a huge factor in getting Dredd made.
** There are several city blocks named after those involved with Dredd, like seasoned ''Judge Dredd'' illustrator Carlos Ezquerra and the creator John Wagner.
** In the first stairwell shootout, Dredd gives the mooks "twenty seconds to comply" and then "ten seconds to comply." This is a reference to the famous [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ED-209 scene]] in the original ''[[Film/RoboCop1987 Robocop]]''. The character of [=RoboCop=] was based in part on Judge Dredd.
** The HostageSituation scene with the perp using a HumanShield is exactly like another famous scene from that movie, except instead of [[ShootTheHostageTaker shooting the perp]] in the [[GroinAttack groin]] like [=RoboCop=] did, Dredd shoots him in the head. Interestingly, that's what Robo was supposed to do in the original script.
** There are a few points where the Clan Techie is listening to the theme from ''Series/SnuffBox''.
* ShutUpHannibal: At the end, Ma-Ma tries to intimidate Dredd [[spoiler:with the reveal of a deadman switch]], who calmly states he has already passed sentence, puts a bullet in her to disable her, [[spoiler:and then throws her through an interior window so the transmitter won't be able to send a signal through 200 floors of steel and concrete.]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Dredd takes Anderson on a Pass/Fail examination and the Chief Judge literally tells him to use this method.
* SkyscraperCity: Mega-City One. There several very large sky scrapers referred to as blocks seen in the exterior shots of the movie.
* SlasherSmile: Ma-Ma, in a flashback. Ironic in that it's ''her'' face that's been slashed.
* SliceOfLife: The entire movie is basically the day in the life of a Judge, although admittedly it doesn't usually get ''quite'' as intense as being forced into a ClosedCircle with a vicious gang lord.
* SlowMotion: InUniverse, thanks to the Slo-Mo drug that makes the user's sense of time crawl at a tiny fraction of normal while under the effects of the drug.
* SlowMotionFall: Both the three thugs Ma-Ma has thrown off the top floor to send a message, [[spoiler:and Ma-Ma herself]], go out this way.
* SmallGirlBigGun: The only time we see Ma-Ma using a gun is when she's using a massive Gatling gun on the Judges.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ma-Ma acts like she's in complete control of the situation and thinks she's far more important than she actually is, despite the fact that her influence is only through Peach Trees and that Dredd and Anderson easily make it through everything she does to try and kill them (the only time they're really in trouble is during the gatling gun scene). She also believes that the two are just a pair of run-of-the-mill Judges, something that the corrupt ones that come to kill Dredd calls her out on before giving her his fee.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The Slo-Mo theme, a curiously flute-y and ethereal piece among the crunching electric guitars and thudding bass, was inspired by a slowed down version of a Music/JustinBieber song, of all things.
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: This film departs from [[http://fandangogroovers.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/judge-dredd.jpg the more faithful spandex uniform used by the Stallone film,]] instead opting for a leathery look similar to the original but closer to realistic police armor.
* SpoilerTitle: Not in the picture itself, but in the soundtrack. The movie focuses on Dredd and his rookie as he decides whether or not she'll be inducted into the force. The first track on the soundtrack? [[spoiler:"She's a Pass".]]
* SpottingTheThread: Dredd realizes that [[spoiler:his supposed backup]] isn't on the level when [[spoiler:one of them doesn't ask about his partner]].
* StarScraper: The mega-structures meet the qualification line by a slim margin; Dredd mentions that Ma-Ma's penthouse is at least a kilometer above ground, and Peach Trees is only one of many such structures.
* SteelEarDrums:
** Neither Dredd nor Anderson wears hearing protection through out the film.
** Ma-Ma stands near three Gatling guns all firing continuously at the same time, with no ear protection. A little later, she doesn't even need to raise her voice to give commands on where to fire. None of the mooks appear to wearing any hearing protection either.
** No one in the film is wearing any sort of hearing protection despite the frequent use of fire arms.
* StopOrIWillShoot: Two young gang members find the fully armored Judges and approach them from behind:
-->'''Amos:''' Freeze!\\
''[The judges turn around and look at them.]''\\
(''{{beat}}'')\\
'''Judge Dredd:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Why?]]\\
'''Amos:''' Why what?\\
'''Dredd:''' Well, why should I freeze?\\
'''Amos:''' Because otherwise I will shoot you.\\
'''Dredd:''' [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont With the safety on?]] [[note]]It isn't, but this gets them to check it and gives Dredd enough time to aim his weapons at them and stun them.[[/note]]
* StormingTheCastle: Dredd and Anderson are forced to attack up the tower through Ma-Ma's forces and strong points due to being trapped in the tower.
* SwissArmyGun: The Lawgiver has a variety of different ammo types that are loaded by voice command. It also has an option rapid fire mode and silencer mode.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** After surviving Ma-Ma's Gatling gun attack, Dredd asks Anderson what their options are. Anderson points out that standard protocol is either hide or defend until backup arrives. Dredd offers a third option: attack.
** Ma-Ma tries intimidating Dredd [[spoiler:by noting that she has a dead man's switch tied to her heartbeat]]. Instead of backing down, Dredd shoots her in a non-fatal spot [[spoiler:and tosses her out a window to the bottom floor...where the switch's transmitter won't be able to send a signal to the receiver]].
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: [[spoiler:Dredd executes the BigBad in the way the three rival dealers at the start of the film were killed, giving a dose of Slo-Mo just before a DestinationDefenestration, though he leaves out the FlayingAlive part.]]
* TerseTalker: Good luck getting Dredd to say more than one word to give his opinion on something. When told that ''all'' of the "Slo-Mo" in Mega City One is coming from Ma-Ma's gang, his reply is simple: "Interesting". From him, that's a big deal.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** This is part of Ma-Ma's trademark violence. She uses a set of three ''Gatling guns'' to absolutely shred an entire level of the block. This actually ends up as a plot point, [[spoiler:as Dredd realizes no one would go to such lengths to kill a Judge unless they had something big to protect.]] Additionally, [[spoiler:it wrecks a lot of her hacker's connections and ''blows a hole in the side of the building'', enabling the Judges to re-connect with MissionControl]].
** Instead of shooting a mook dead early in the film, Dredd fires a special incendiary round into the mook's head, which causes the poor bastard's brain to burn from the inside.
** During a confrontation with a pair of thugs, Anderson shoots one from below the chin; despite one bullet being enough, she keeps firing until the thug's head disintegrates.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
-->'''Kay:''' ''(pointing a gun at Anderson)'' Any last words, bitch?\\
'''Anderson:''' That's funny, I was about to ask you that... ''bitch.''
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:Anderson lets Techie go after seeing the shit Ma-Ma put him through.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: When Anderson walks into Peach Trees, she's a marginally qualified and obviously green rookie. By the time she walks out, she's a battle-hardened Judge who's willing to stand up to ''Dredd'' when she believes that Justice and Law do not always agree on a specific case.
* TortureAlwaysWorks:
** Ma-Ma knows Kay will crack if the Judges take him back for interrogation, so she makes sure none of them leave.
** This is subverted later when Dredd starts to beat Kay up, only for Anderson to say she can get the information from him without (physical) force.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer shows Anderson revealing the secret that Kay was keeping as well as several shots of Dredd [[spoiler:throwing Ma-Ma out of a window]]. It's pretty much the entire arc of the movie, major twists included, condensed into a minute and a half.
* TranquilFury: Based on Anderson's psychic probe, Dredd is made up of this.
-->'''Anderson''': I can feel anger... and control... but... there's something else, something... ''behind'' the control...
** Ma-Ma also veers between this and being a SoftSpokenSadist.
* TrappedInVillainy: [[{{Adorkable}} Clan Techie]] is only working for Ma-Ma under threat of torture or death--and that's on top of her already having [[EyeScream gouged his eyes out with her thumbs]]. [[spoiler:This leads Anderson to let him go at the end]].
* TurnInYourBadge: At the end, Anderson does this without a single prompt, [[spoiler:knowing full well that she made a couple of failable offenses in her assessment. She then leaves, and can be seen refusing medical treatment in the distance. When asked by his superior, Dredd gives her a passing assessment, but the ending leaves it ambiguous as to whether Anderson has resigned or not following her harrowing experience.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Judges have futuristic uniforms and equipment, and pretty much everyone else has early 21st Century clothes and electronics. A freeze frame bonus of Ma-Ma's police profile on a computer reveals the film takes place in 2100 (the profile says Ma-Ma was born in 2061 and is 39 years old).
* {{Understatement}}:
** When Anderson tells Dredd what she found in Kay's head--Ma-Ma is the source of the "Slo-Mo" drug--his only reaction is, "Interesting."
** At the end, when the Chief Judge asks Dredd for his assessment of the situation, Dredd simply replies, "[[spoiler:Drug bust]]."
** After being locked in a building with a well-armed drug gang, multiple residents and four corrupt judges all trying very hard to kill him, his only comment is: "Perps were... uncooperative."
* UnflinchingWalk: For most of the movie, Dredd barely moves above a calm, methodical walk.
* TheUnreveal: Anderson is asked by the Chief Judge to read Dredd's mind. She senses [[TranquilFury anger and control,]] but there's something else behind the control...the Chief Judge quickly cuts her off.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: A Judge's sidearm will not work for anyone other than the Judge, explosively reinforced, but Lawgiver ammo clips are interchangeable, which lets Dredd appropriate a fallen Judge's loadout to replenish his weapon.
* ViceCity: Mega-City One is home to nearly a billion people, with crime so rampant that the people policing the place have to act as judge, jury, and executioner. Even then, they struggle badly--Dredd says the Justice Department is only able to respond to around 6% of calls for serious crime. (One can only imagine how many crimes don't even get reported in the first place.) Making matters worse: a fifth of all rookie Judges are killed in their first day on the job.
* VillainBall:
** As much as Ma-Ma tries to be DangerouslyGenreSavvy, she fails on several points. Her overreaction to Kay's capture by both locking down the building and using gatling guns, rouse Dredd's suspicions as to how important Kay really is, thus allowing Dredd and Anderson to discover that information along with the fact [[spoiler:it lets the judges communicate with the outside, and it wrecks a lot of her hacker's connections]].. She routinely abuses the Clan Techie even though, as far as we know, he is literally their only computer expert on staff. Given the chance, he gives up the code to her safe room to save his hide. She [[spoiler:hires corrupt Judges to take out Dredd after her own men prove inadequate, but this just serves to provide Dredd with more ammo]]. As the doctor points out in the beginning, Ma-Ma [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer only solves her problems with violence]].
** After wounding Dredd and cornering him, [[spoiler:corrupt Judge Lex]] engages in some EvilGloating, in part due to hubris... which lasts just long enough for Dredd to be rescued [[spoiler:by Anderson killing Lex]].
* WeHaveReserves: This is played straight in the beginning: when Kay's distribution shop is hit, Ma-Ma dismisses it as the cost of doing business... until she learns that the Judges took Kay alive. The film also averts this later: Ma-Ma refuses to execute an underling for his incompetence because Dredd has killed so many of her men that she can't afford to lose any more.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Anderson is reluctant to execute a mook, but Dredd insists that she execute him for attempted murder of a Judge. [[spoiler:To make matters worse, she later discovers that he has a wife worrying about him at home as well as a young child.]] Mind you this is close to the beginning of the movie, and as the day goes on she [[TookALevelInBadass abandons the luxury of doubting herself]].
* WouldHitAGirl: Dredd has no problem at all with attacking women, [[spoiler:throwing Ma-Ma through a window and watching her plummet to her death.]]
* WouldntHurtAChild: Dredd switches to stun rounds when fighting a couple of kids who pull guns on him. All of the adults that pull guns on him are handled with lethal ammunition.
* WretchedHive: Mega City One is a CrapsackWorld through and through, but Peach Trees still manages to top that.
* XMeetsY: The [[WordOfGod movie's cinematographer]] said that he was shooting to make the visual style a hybrid of ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Ma-Ma says that normally she'd have killed [[spoiler:the mook Kay]] for getting captured by the Judges, but [[PragmaticVillainy with the casualties Dredd is inflicting, she needs every man she can get.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: The results of a Hi-Ex to the face. [[spoiler:It splatters one of the corrupt judges head's all over the room and a bit more.]]

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