Let’s face it, the first big screen adaptation of the comic Judge Dredd, featuring a scenery chewing Sylvester Stallone and his infamous refrain “I am the law!”, left something to be desired. However, that didn’t stop the movie from being an enjoyable, albiet rather silly, movie going experience.
Fortunately, if you didn’t care for the Stallone version, another one is one the way. This time around Karl Urban (of Star Trek and Red) takes on the iconic Dredd role and to help get you ready for the film, just called Dredd this time, we’ve got a new poster and a couple pics from it for you.
But first, let’s get a bit of synopsis out of the way, shall we?
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.
Dredd hits theaters on Friday, September 21st, 2012. Check out the pics and the larger poster below.