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Sometimes, remaking a bad movie merely births into multiplexes an awful remake of a bad movie that leaves audiences wondering, "Now, why would anyone want to remake such a very, very bad movie?"
This isn't such an instance.
"Dredd" could still very well be bad. Oh, yes. But there's a bright side: this full-length trailer offers up a glimpse at a depiction of the British 2000 A.D. character distanced as far as possible from the one Sylvester Stallone made a joke-butt in 1995's "Judge Dredd."
Stallone took a grim, hard-hitting, bullet-riddled property, applied Rob Schneider and camp liberally to it to taste, and the result was a predictable, uninteresting mess of a "wrongfully-accused hero" story.
Not here. Stallone is replaced by "Star Trek" co-star Karl Urban. Here, it's a battle for survival as he and a rookie Judge with formidable psychic abilities must fight their way alone out from a towering vertical Mega City One slum controlled by a prostitute-turned-drug lord (Lena Headey.)
Admittedly, Urban's dialogue remains about as stiff and stilted as, ironically, the Stallone standard. He sounds like a low-rent Harry Callahan half the time, and others like someone dubbed in Wolverine's dialogue from Fox's early-'90s "X-Men: The Animated Series." But at the very least, this gets the dystopian look the original should have had. It's littered with bullets, not painful attempts at humor. And of course, it's released in 3-D.
This is hardly an Oscar threat. But it could prove tolerable.
It occurs that many readers may not remember just how truly bad the original was, and hence can't quite grasp why I'd say this couldn't possibly be worse. So, as I often have, I've turned to the good people at That Guy With The Glasses. Below the trailer, check out The Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker) giving this mother of all Stallone turkeys the eviscerating it deserves. "Dredd" hits theaters Sept. 21.
Lionsgate apparently just loves their exercises in futility. Despite sending out a press release with a link to the Machinima YouTube release of the trailer, embedding has been disabled until Friday. Therefore, we're going to do this the hard way, and just leave this right here for you.