After 1995’s Sylvester Stallone-starring take on the “Judge Dredd” comic series shit the bed and offered film and comic geeks little more than a couple of ironic quotables from a pizza delivery guy played by Rob Schneider, it didn’t seem very likely that anyone would take a shot at revisiting the property anytime soon. Seventeen years must be the statute of limitations on this one though, because here we are in 2012, getting a promotional clip for a new Karl Urban-starring take on the material called Dredd.
Having reservations about this film due to past failures in translating the character to live action is understandable, but it’s starting to look like it might not be justified. Dredd recently screened for audiences at Comic-Con, and the buzz coming out of the room was that this new take on the character is much more true to the original comics. Word on the street is that this is a gritty, gory, action-packed shoot ‘em up that has way more in common with the face-punchingly awesome The Raid: Redemption than it does any Sylvester Stallone failures.
Does this new clip back those rumblings up? It’s hard to tell. All we’re getting is one out of context action scene that’s occurring in super slow motion. If the film contains too much of this stuff, then unfavorable comparisons to the worst work of Zack Snyder are going to be inevitable. But, if the stylized frame rate slowdown is kept to a minimum, we could actually have something awesome on our hands. I mean, look at how many graphic and gross holes get blown into people’s bodies in just this 60 second clip. It’s hard to imagine action fans coming out of a film that’s this hard R and not being at least a little bit satisfied.
Dredd opens on September 21st.