If you’re heading to San Diego Comic Con, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a screening of Pete Travis’ upcoming Dredd. Presented n 3D, Dredd is an adaptation of 2000AD’s comic series Judge Dredd.
The first trailer dropped a while back and now Lionsgate has released a new motion poster that sentences you to death. See it after the jump…
Set in the futuristic dystopia of Mega City One, the heavy-handed police force, called Judges, have become the entire legal system wrapped into one. They serve as judge, jury, and executioner in a single sitting. Dredd (Karl Urban) is a notoriously violent member of this fraternity. You can tell he’s a badass because he never takes off his helmet. With his psychic rookie partner, Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), in tow, Dredd sets out to take down a crime lord named Ma-Ma (Lena Heady). Ma-Ma controls the trade of a drug called Slo-Mo, and is sequestered in a fortified high-rise building. Dredd and Anderson must fight their way up hundreds of stories to get to their target.
The plot sounds similar to The Raid: Redemption, but if that’s the biggest drawback to Dredd, then there is no real problem. If Dredd is even a fraction as nuts as The Raid, big things are on the horizon.
Dredd is proclaimed to be a more accurate adaptation of the comic than Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 Judge Dredd. While that version was campy, cheesy, and bright, Travis’ should be gritty, violent, and dark. That’s a step in the right direction.
Dredd dispenses justice September 21st, 2012.