I have never read a Judge Dredd comic in my life, and though I am aware of 2000 AD I have never read one of those either, and after the rather dreadful 1995 Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone I really had no inclination doing so, ever…. However, when Karl Urban and Lean Headey decided to star in this remake the movie at least caught my attention but for the most part I was simply waiting for the inevitable reviews that would tell me whether the movie was worth watching. That leaves the summer of 2012 in an odd state when it comes to sci-fi blockbusters. Prometheus was a standalone in the Alien series that nobody seems to get though The Next Generation episode that it is based on is one of my favorites. Total Recall gets an unnecessary remake that seems bound to flop and now Judge Dredd is coming this September in what looks like a movie that may work because it doesn’t aim too high, and yet could all to easily flop because no one really cares. In order to give Judge Dredd the benefit of the doubt I am here to tell you that you should definitely see the trailer below, because it seems that the director of this flick is at least trying to get something good on the screen. I hope you enjoy the stills too.
The reboot of the franchise is known as Dredd and will hit the screen on September 21st.
As for 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.
The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD 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.
Here is the trailer…
And here are the stills…
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