Zack Snyder's name has been in the news of late, due to his Superman reboot snagging its Man of Steel. Snyder will return to the spotlight next month with the release of his film Sucker Punch, an original adventure that promises to be full of imaginative visuals, fantastical action, and gorgeous women battling an array of dazzling CGI monstrosities.
Warner Bros. has released two television spots for the film, which secured a spot on our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011 list and should kick off the upcoming spring movie season in, if nothing else, plenty of style.
Emily Browning went blonde to headline Sucker Punch as Baby Doll, a young woman who is imprisoned in a mental institution by her cruel stepfather during the 1950s. With only five days left until she is scheduled to be lobotomized, Baby Doll recruits her fellow inmates (Jamie Chung, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone) to participate in a daring escape - one which requires them to imagine an alternate reality where they are able to literally engage their enemies in combat.
That's the setup for Snyder's pic, which (in terms of plot) looks to be part video game quest, part Alice in Wonderland - if Alice had fought deadly samurai and fire-breathing dragons in a WWII-style war zone instead of pursuing a white rabbit and having tea parties, that is.
Watch the television previews for Sucker Punch below:
Like the official Sucker Punch trailer, these TV spots excel when focusing primarily on the story of Baby Doll and her attempts to confront her horrifying existence by visualizing another world that she can control. The bits of exposition and advice delivered by the Wise Man (Scott Glenn) continue to suggest that the dialogue in Snyder's film lacks the poetry of its visuals.
Most moviegoers who are eagerly awaiting the release of Sucker Punch aren't expecting to be blown away by its characters or storyline, both of which sound satisfactory enough on paper. Snyder is one of those filmmakers who's often dismissed as being pure style over substance - and while there is certainly a fair amount of truth to that statement, his movies are generally also the kind that truly deserve to be seen on the big screen (or in the IMAX format) for their visual splendor.
Sucker Punch arrives in regular and IMAX theaters around the U.S. on March 25th, 2011.
Source: Warner Bros.