Zack Snyder has proven he can create visually-driven adaptations of other people’s work. He earned acclaim for “300” and even had the gall to tackle something as ambitious and demanding as “Watchmen.” But now audiences are about to see if Snyder has what it takes to be a renowned storyteller in his own right with his upcoming original film, “Sucker Punch.”
Set in the 1950s, a young woman named Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is banished to a mental institution by her conniving step-father, and soon after she arrives she learns she is scheduled to undergo a lobotomy. She escapes to her imagination as a coping mechanism and becomes lost in a fantastical world, complete with everything from dragons to machine guns.
Fantasy and reality become blurred as Baby Doll and four other girls from the asylum — Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) — fight their way through the world of Baby Doll’s imagination in order to free themselves from the dark, tortured world of the mental institution.
Snyder has undoubtedly delivered another visually stunning film, and I think the premise sounds pretty intriguing. It’s also nice to see Snyder develop a female-centric story after his previous two male-dominated films.
Audiences won’t have to wait much longer to find out if “Sucker Punch” lives up to the hype. The movie hits theaters Friday.
Check out five clips from the film below.
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