In less than two weeks' time, director Zack Snyder will unleash his latest cinematic feast full of stunning action and eye-catching imagery, Sucker Punch, on moviegoers. The film promises to definitely look spectacular and boast even more in the way of creative visuals concocted by the 300 and Watchmen helmer.
An animated Sucker Punch tie-in short titled "The Trenches" has been released to further heighten excitement for Snyder's new picture, and it's a stylish little clip. This short doesn't offer any additional insight about the film's plot or its characters - but then again, neither one of those things are really selling points for Sucker Punch, are they?
Here's an official synopsis for Snyder's film, to refresh your memory:
"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.
Now, here is the lowdown on "The Trenches", which was animated by Ben Hibon:
In "Sucker Punch", the girls face off against an army of mechanized WWI soldiers. Through the use of clockwork and steam technology, human soldiers who die in battle are reanimated and sent back to the front lines. Although seemingly indistinguishable and soulless, the zombie army is not just made of gears and steam, but also of human flesh, bone, and memory. In "The Trenches" there is a tragic tale behind each lifeless mask.
Check out the short clip (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:
The "moving panel" aesthetic of "The Trenches" in part recalls the mix of traditional animation and Adobe Flash cutouts used in the acclaimed animated documentary Waltz with Bashir. Combine that with Snyder's trademark slow-motion action, and the result is a short that wouldn't look out of place in the actual Sucker Punch movie.
Warner Bros. most recently released a third Sucker Punch trailer that was composed entirely of wordless action footage - no doubt hoping to emphasize the film's strengths (extravagant visuals) over its weaknesses (the plot and dialogue). "The Trenches" actually has some substance to it, so here's hoping Sucker Punch does as well.
Sucker Punch arrives in regular and IMAX theaters next week on March 25th.