Lionsgate's science fiction and action film Dredd has a new trailer making the rounds, and we have it for you below.
If it is not immediately obvious, Dredd is a new adaptation of comic 2000 AD, which featured the character Judge Dredd. What may not be obvious is that it is otherwise unrelated to the 1995 Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone; this is a brand new take on the comic.
Dredd takes place in the distant future, wherein a series of atomic wars has lain much of the globe into chaos and despair. The majority of surviving humanity lives in incredibly dense mega-cities, wherein they are protected from the mutant ridden badlands that make up the rest of the globe. As can be expected in a despairing, desperate situation, these cities are crime-ridden and violent places, where kingpins and drug lords have inordinate power and city authorities are struggling to maintain order.
Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) has the authority to legally use brutal force against the more extreme of these criminal elements, and you can rest assured that the film will be absolutely full of it. After all, that's ultimately what Dredd is about; kicking the crap out of bad guys using any means necessary.
I'm up for it - the trailer looks good. It does have an extremely polished look (I almost thought it was fancy CGI animation at first), but it looks like it may capture the sort of post apocalyptic high action that this sort of story needs.
Look for Dredd to hit theaters on September 21, 2012.
I'd be more excited to see this if the trailer hadn't given away THE FUCKING ENDING!!!!!!
I could be wrong, it might not be Ma thrown out the window, but given the recent batch of trailers that ruined key points to a film's ending (Prometeus being the most recent example), I just have to assume some ass in Liongates marketing department decided the end of the film would make a great final shot to the trailer as well. He's probably the same person who, in grade school, delighted in telling all the other kids that Santa Claus wasn't real.
If I hadn't seen the older Stallone film, I would've assumed this was a futuristic remake of New Jack City.
" I grant, at least, that there are two distinct conditions of my mental existence -- the condition of a lucid reason, not to be disputed, and belonging to the memory of events forming the first epoch of my life -- and a condition of shadow and doubt, appertaining to the present, and to the recollection of what constitutes the second great era of my being. Therefore, what I shall tell of the earlier period, believe; and to what I may relate of the later time, give only such credit as may seem due, or doubt it altogether, or, if doubt it ye cannot, then play unto its riddle the Oedipus. " - Eleonora, Edgar Allen Poe