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After a debut at SDCC yesterday, a new red band trailer for the upcoming Judge Dredd movie, titled simply ‘Dredd’, has been officially released online. Judge Dredd was brought to the big screen once before in the 1995 travesty starring Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider. After that, many fans were naturally approaching a new Dredd movie with some trepidation.

With everything we’ve heard so far, it looks like director Pete Travis has finally brought the Dredd movie that fans have wanted to see forever and will wash that last one out of our collective memory. First, we heard that the film would indeed be rated-R and not watered down to PG-13. Then, actor Karl Urban (who plays Dredd this time around) told us that his character never removes his helmet in the movie. Lastly, there was a small clip of early 3D FX that hit the web (and was promptly pulled down) that showed some of the graphic violence that was in store.

Now this red band trailer shows us the final result of those FX…

‘Dredd’ SDCC Trailer

The film’s cinematography is definitely highly stylized and I’m one who is more than tired of the use of too much slow motion in action films but, in the case of ‘Dredd’, there’s actually a reason for it. The plot of the film follows Judges Dredd and Anderson as they go after the vicious criminal Ma-Ma (played by ‘Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey) and her gang of drug-dealing associates. The drug that they’re dealing is called “slo-mo” and causes the user to view the world in extreme slow motion so it looks as if the movie uses this as a legitimate reason to switch between slow-motion and brutal speed in the action sequences. I have to admit… it looks pretty darn sweet!

If you can’t wait to see ‘Dredd’ when it hits theaters, the website judgementiscoming.com is hosting a sweepstakes for an exclusive screening of the movie in London. The site doesn’t specify when the winner would go to this screening but it’s assumed that it would be at the London opening which is on September 7th, two weeks before the US release.

‘Dredd’ is directed by Pete Travis, stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey and opens in US theaters on September 21, 2012.