‘Dredd’ Trailer Invents a Reason to Shoot in Slow Motion Forever

By  · Published on June 21st, 2012

The first trailer for Dredd ‐ starring Karl Urban, Lena Headey and Olivia Thirlby is just a taste of the inevitable slow motion to come. In the story, Headey’s character Ma-Ma controls all the manufacturing for a new drug that makes the user feel like time is going at 1% of its normal speed. Because when you want drugs, you want something that will make your life feel 100 times longer.

Instead of launching a bunch of well-made PSAs about the dangers of the drug, Judge Dredd and his rookie Judge infiltrate the highrise where Ma-Ma is operating in order to take her down.

The film, which hits theaters September 21st, feels thoroughly like a September release. Not big enough for summer, not prestigious enough for the fall. It’s the January of Autumn, and this trailer is not doing the movie any favors. Also, as many will points out, The Raid being released this year isn’t doing it any favors either. The only hope is that director Peter Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame) and screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later…, Never Let Me Go) have something special up their sleeves that isn’t the one-liner-infused mess of visuals that this seems to portend.

On the fanbase front, what is so hard about getting the details of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s comic right? Hopefully future trailers will show a bit more of the design, but Mega-City One simply looks like every other washed out post-Apocalyptic town. The only thing resembling the comic, so far, is the helmet.

But on a general level, wow. It just doesn’t look interesting at all. [Machinima]

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