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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Karl Urban Gets His Sylvester Stallone On in the New Trailer for "Dredd"

It's been nearly 17 years since Sylvester Stallone first donned a metal-plated helmet for his titular role as the jilted dystopian cop, Judge Dredd. So, naturally, that means we have to have a remake (insert eye roll here).

This time, actor Karl Urban (who some, not me, may remember from The Bourne Supremacy), steps into the lead role in the movie (simply titled, Dredd) as attempts to blow up the screen along with his counterpart, Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). The official snyopsis from the movie website has more:

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.

The plot sounds great. The trailer, unfortunately, doesn't reflect it. Hopefully they'll be better clips to come, but this one just seems like a slow-mo series of random action shots....What do you think? Dredd releases in theaters September 21st.


Daniel said...

Looks like disposable scifi fare, may be watchable or utter garbage.

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