The excitement for DREDD 3D is growing as is the film’s marketing campaign. The Pete Travis directed, Alex Garland scribed comic adaptation has been met with enthusiastic reviews (including one from our own JimmyO) that seem to agree the film is a dark, ultra-violent, and balls-out alternative to the typical slate of comic book adaptations currently littering multiplexes.
The latest sixty second trailer (see below) reiterates that appraisal wonderfully. From the gravelly voice-over narration by Karl Urban to the futuristic drug plot device, DREDD looks like the best tech-noir flick to come around since INCEPTION. Though I enjoy Danny Cannon/Sly Stallone’s original on a nostalgic level, Garland and Travis’ new take on the character will surely blow it out of the water.
Co-starring Olivia Thirlby and Lena Heady (see below), DREDD 3D hits theaters September 21st. View the trailer and read synopsis below to judge for yourself.
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.