If you’re an American, then the whole notion of the upcoming dystopian thriller Dredd will probably confuse you. “Why on earth,” you ask plaintively, “would anyone want to remake Sylvester Stallone’s movie Judge Dredd, a film that is so bad, it makes Demolition Man look like Cobra?”
Ah, but if you’re British, you know that Judge Dredd is one of the great long-running characters in comic book history — a mysterious, fierce lawman in a dystopian future where policemen get to play judge, jury, and executioner. Dredd promises to stay truer to the comic book, and the ultraviolent plotline looks catchy: Dredd and a rookie cop have to fight their way through 200 floors of criminality to take down a drug lord played by Lena Headey, a.k.a. Cersei Motherf—ing Lannister. So basically think The Raid: Redemption, but with more growling. Check out the trailer:
Optimists will note that Dredd is written by Alex Garland, who traveled similar territory in 28 Days Later and Sunshine. Pessimists will counter-argue that the last time a movie was advertised as “staying truer to the dark violent humor of the original comic book,” the movie turned out to be Punisher: War Zone. Still, this should top Stallone’s version any day.
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