Dredd: first screening reaction

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Dredd has screened at the Cannes Film Festival. And it's given us new clues about the movie...

It's not just us who's a bit curious as to what's been going on with the Dredd movie. It's due out in September, and there's been very little official released to do with it so far. No poster, no trailer, and just rumours of trouble behind the scenes. Whether those rumours are true or not isn't known, we might add, but the silence coming from the direction of the production of late is leaving people filling in the blanks.

However, it's now clear that the film is actually finished, as it's been screened for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival. This wasn't a critic's screening, so there's nothing close to a review of the movie doing the rounds yet. Instead, it was screened for investors and distributors.

Deadline spoke to Stuart Ford of IM Global, who has a vested interest in the film (given that IM Global stumped up a good chunk of the funding for the movie), and thus was hardly likely to put a negative spin on it. He reported, though, that "the reaction was great. It was as packed as any screening I’ve seen in Cannes. There were people sitting on the floor in the front and the back of the room". Even with dodgy air conditioning, nobody left the screening, "even though it was about a hundred degrees".

Ford describes Dredd as an "edgy, cool film with a rocking soundtrack", arguing that it "appears very fresh and distinctive. It's Dirty Harry meets District 9". Make of that what you will.

It goes without saying that we're desperately keen to see the movie. Its UK release date is currently marked down for 7th September, and it arrives in the US on 21st September.

If they were going to release a trailer soon, then tying it to The Dark Knight Rises might yet be the wisest plan. We'll keep you posted...


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