The visually extravagant footage from Zack Snyder’s upcoming project, Sucker Punch, dazzled attendees at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, though it failed to offer much insight into what exactly the film was about (admittedly, few people seemed to care at the time).
Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared.
“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.
She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls—the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm).
Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free.
Sucker Punch does not look to blur the line between reality and fantasy in the manner that Inception did; rather, the dreamscape into which Baby Doll and her fellow inmates retreat will have powerful effects on their actual lives and mindstates – as was the case for the characters of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi pic. The action will be extremely fantastical in Snyder’s film, as the girls engage in video game-like battles against an array of impressive CG creatures, such as fire-breathing dragons and giant mechanical monstrosities armed with laser guns.
The early Sucker Punch reviews were split over the question of whether or not the film delivers on the trailer’s promise of mind-bending fight sequences and FX, which will be the main lure for the moviegoing masses. Snyder has a distinct style of filmmaking and seems unlikely to change it anytime soon, so it’s hard to imagine that anyone will be interested in Sucker Punch and not have a vague idea of what to expect in terms of style and substance.
Sucker Punch arrives in theaters in the U.S. on March 25th, 2011.
Source: Warner Bros.