By Karen Posada
Lionsgate’s ‘Dredd’ will open September 21 of this year. The project comes from writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis that bring to life the futuristic neo-noir thriller. Shot in 3D with amazing slow movement photographic sequences, the film is based on the celebrated dark and visceral character from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s comic books; about a powerful police enforcer Karl Urban, who gets involved in a high stakes drug war with his novice in training Olivia Thirlby and his nemesis Lena Headey.
In the future North America is a wasteland, in the East Coast, from Boston to Washington D.C. is Mega City One: a huge violent metropolis where criminals own the chaotic streets. The only law presence is the urban police called “Judges” who have the combined power of a judge, jury and instant executioner. The most known and feared in all the city is Dredd (Karl Urban) the highest Judge, has the challenge of ridding the city of a misfortune- a drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality a fraction of the normal speed.
During a regular workday, Dredd has the task of evaluating Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) a novice with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A horrible crime takes them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges wouldn’t dare enter – a 200-story dump controlled by a prostitute now turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her merciless clan. When a high ranking member of the gang’s circle is captured Ma-Ma takes over the control of the area and starts and all out dirty and vicious war against the Judges showing that she will do whatever it takes to take care of her empire. With the rising number of deaths and with no exit, Dredd and Anderson must face the possibilities and get tangled in a incessant war for their survival.