At last, the trailer for Dredd, the new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic books that will hopefully wash the taste of that horrid Stallone/Schneider debacle from 1995 out of our mouths. As a huge fan of the comics back in the day, I’ve been pretty curious about how this turns out. It’s got skilled, though inconsistent director in Pete Travis, and a solid cast of Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, Olivia Thirlby as rookie Judge (and psychic, I believe) Cassandra Anderson, and Lena Headey as the wickedly badass crimelord Madeline ‘Ma-Ma’ Madrigal who has a stranglehold over Mega-City One, the massive city that serves as the remnants of society.
It looks gritty and grungy, a little low-budget, a little cheesy, and more than a little ridiculous. In short, it looks remarkably similar to the comic. I’m digging it, even with Urban’s overdone, Christian Bale-esque growling. It’s getting a hard “R” rating, which is exactly right for this character. The effects of Slo-Mo, the drug that the Judges are seeking to eradicate, are pretty nifty and should provide for some interesting set pieces. I love the Judge costumes. They’ve trimmed them back from the outrageous comic book stylings, yet kept the basics intact. Getting rid of the gigantic belt buckles and golden eagle shoulder pads makes sense, and God knows it’s better than the Stallone version, which came replete with enormous golden codpiece.
The whole exercise looks fun. Perhaps not great, but tonally it’s closer than I expected. And most importantly? The mask stays on.
What say you, mutants?