Just how violent will the new Judge Dredd film be? Looking at the latest Red Band Trailer for the movie, it looks like the studio decided not to hold back.

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.

The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. hunterdan
    July 13, 2012 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Having seen the movie at Comic Con, this movie is BRUTAL harking back to the Eighties heyday of intense action movies. No origin story here, as the viewer is dropped into the world of the Mega Cities and are expected to hold on. Production design is fantastic, and the leads are excellent. Urban’s Dredd and Therby’s Anderson are pulled straight from the pages of 2000Ad.
    if you love Dredd (and i don’t mean Double Whammy , side kicking Stallone Dredd) you’ll love this.

  2. b003
    July 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm — Reply

    Yeah Baby! Gotta tell ya though film makers that try to cram years of an origin into film really screw it up. I like the cut to the chase approach. Worked for Blade.

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