Karl Urban suited and booted as the legendary 2000 AD lawman…
The first full clip of Dredd 3D, which is based on the Judge Dredd comic-book series from 2000AD magazine, has been released online. The blood-soaked, minute-long redband video returns Dredd to the dark, visceral incarnation of the character that appeared in John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Dredd 3D is written by Alex Garland and directed by Pete Travis and critics of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film will be glad to see the pair create a futuristic neo-noir action film that doesn’t feel the need to add in an annoying comedy sidekick.
The movie takes place in Mega City One, a vast, violent metropolis that runs from Boston to Washington DC on the East Coast of a future America. Criminals rule the chaotic streets and the only force of order lies with the urban cops called ‘Judges’, who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner.
Chief among these is Judge Dredd, the ultimate lawman who has been 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.
Karl Urban is the new man behind Dredd’s mask, taking on Lena Headey’s prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma in a 200-story vertical slum. Dredd and Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie cop with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation, must fight their way to the top of the building as they engage in a relentless battle for their survival.
The storyline may remind some of The Raid, which sees cops fighting their way out of a gang controlled building. However, any similarity to that concept is accidental as Dredd 3D was commissioned before that project.
Anyone who thought Max Payne was the only cop who got to wage war on criminals in slow motion can check out the stunning 3D photography sequences shown off at the Judgement Is Coming website to change that opinion.
Then check out the teaser trailer that’s been kicking around since May, with Urban doing his best Christian Bale “I’m Batman” voice.