UPDATE: The trailer is back up!
For those of you who have endured the painful Sly Stallone version of Judge Dredd, the time has finally come to purge those memories.
Written by 28 Days Later‘s Alex Garland and directed by Pete Travis, Dredd 3D stars Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno). Rest assured that Karl Urban never takes off his helmet in the film – not once. And although the big shoulder eagles are missing from their uniforms, I’m confident that the Judges in this film will be just like their counterparts from the printed pages of 2000AD.
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.
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 story 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 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.
DREDD 3D in Theaters September 21st
– The Comic Book Critic