3D can be a tricky beast. Some audiences (myself included) like it for the depth and dimension it can add to a story. Now comes an incredibly unique way of harnessing that technology. Check out the incredibly cool behind-the-scenes look at the stunning slow-motion visual effects utilized in Lionsgate’s DREDD 3D. Writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD 3D to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
In the world of DREDD, a drug called “slo-mo” has taken over as the drug of choice. As Garland states in the below video, it “give you moments of beauty, peace, and tranquility.” Not only that, it offers some beautiful visuals that filmmakers love to deliver – and technical guys love to explore and talk about. And as an audience member (and film fans), there’s nothing better than figuring out how to move the medium forward.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 neighborhood 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.
Judgement comes on September 21.