'Dredd' trailor: 'The Raid' plus more scowling
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.
Follow Darren on Twitter: @EWDarrenFranich