There’s only about a month left before the new Dredd film invades theaters and then, hopefully (maybe), we can finally begin to erase all memory of the excruciatingly bad Sly Stallone Judge Dredd atrocity that proceeded it. As comic book film adaptations go, I have no idea if Dredd will be any good– but I do know that I am about 157 times more excited about seeing this movie than I am The Amazing Spider-Man.
Hell, now that I think about it– I will most likely go my entire life without seeing The Amazing Spider-Man… For whatever that’s worth.
Overall, everything I’ve read and seen about Dredd looks overwhelmingly positive. There’s nothing contained in any clip or promo that makes me not want to see it… And nowadays, I consider that a big plus. I also know exactly what I am getting with this movie: Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson trapped in a building– killing lots and lots of bad guys. Hey, it’s not Shakespeare, but then again nobody ever meant it be. It just needs to be an entertaining movie and make me feel like I am watching a live-action Judge Dredd comic… And I believe it will.
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 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, 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 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.
Dredd will be released in the US on September 21st.