Monday, July 26, 2010

Zack Snyder's Next Film To Deliver A Real "Sucker Punch" To Audiences

By Scott Tre

It may be hard to picture now, but there was a time when filmmakers were limited in terms of resources.  In this new age, CGI has made it possible for films with relatively meager budgets to be epic in scope.  If a director has a truly marketable idea (or is lucky enough to assigned to adapt a well known property from another medium), execs will spare no expense to be sure that his vision is fully realized.  While the argument could be made that the lack of financial restraints has resulted in a less disciplined and less resourceful generation of filmmakers, it is still undoubtedly fun to see the mind of a visual stylist let loose upon the big screen.

In Zack Snyder's upcoming Sucker Punch, a young girl named Babydoll (Emily Browning) is placed in a mental institution and scheduled to be lobotomized.  In order to cope with her predicament, she retreats into an elaborate fantasy world of her own design.  Her adventures in this imaginary world help her to deal with and possibly escape the horrible real life fate that awaits her.  Her friends Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Sweet Pea(Abbie Cornish), Amber(Jamie Chung), and Rocket(Jena Malone) accompany her on her journey down the rabbit hole.

Aside from the plentiful eye candy on display, The criminally underrated Michael White is also listed among the cast.  The trailer immediately bombards the viewer with a number of flashy visuals that seem derived from realities both real and imagined.  Gigantic, heavily armored samurai warriors are shown.  A massive fire breathing dragon is seen emitting a blanket of flame.  The film has the look of a well rendered video game, but given the premise that may very well be by design.  How these seemingly random images will fit into the narrative are anyone's guess, but their immediate impact is undeniable.  Zack Snyder is shaping up to be one of the premiere visual stylists of his day, and Sucker Punch might just be the film that cements his reputation.

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