First Trailer for Dredd Exceeds Expectations
06.21.12 by Ryan
Anyone that saw 1995's Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone knows that director Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame) didn't have a high bar to climb for his upcoming Dredd to be seen as the better adaptation of the British comic book character created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra. Now that the first trailer is online, Travis, by many accounts, has exceeded expectations.
The first part of the trailer sets up the world of Mega City One, where the populace is falling under the influence of a new illegal drug controlled by drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Coming to the city's aid is cop Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and his rookie partner, the telepathic Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), who, in the movie's neo-futuristic setting can act as judge, jury, and executioner. The second half of the trailer is dedicated to the action, which seems to steamroll once Dredd and Anderson are caught inside a building controlled by Ma-Ma in a The Raid: Redemption-like twist.
Confused? Intrigued? Check out the official synopsis for Dredd for more information.
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 (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 (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 (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.