Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Dredd, the new Judge Dredd film from director Pete Travis and writer/producer Alex Garland, is still something of a mystery. We’ve seen a few photos from the movie, but no footage as of yet. Producers and the US distributor Lionsgate are keeping a tight rein on things until we get a bit closer to the film’s September 21 release date.
Today we’ve got four new photos, however. One might be the best look yet at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, the cop/judge/executioner who patrols a beat in the ultra-violent Mega-City One. Another shows his associate Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) either delivering a point-blank headshot, or trying to pin down a perp as someone else delivers a killing shot. So this film will definitely be more hardcore than the 1995 Judge Dredd? It would seem so.
Here’s the synopsis of the film, which has been said to be much more representative of the original comic book series than was the ’95 film with Sylvester Stallone. The shots we’ve seen have certainly been pretty gritty and dirty, and the violence seen in this gallery will probably seem promising to fans of the comic. But it’s the comic’s weird tone that the ’95 film only partially caught, and which I really hope makes it to the screen in this film.
Dredd takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. Peter Travis directed the film from a script by Alex Garland. Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey co-star.