Apparently I was asleep in a cave when this trailer hit the web, but after watching it tonight, I have conflicting emotions. First and foremost, I want the movie to succeed. I absolutely loved every minute and detail of Zach Snyder’s 300 (2007), but I literally hated almost every minute of Watchmen (2009) and I’m not quite sure what to think of Snyder’s upcoming animated owl movie, Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Sucker Punch hits theaters on March 25, 2011 and showcases a near all-female cast, including Vanessa Hudgens (Bandslam), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), Jamie Chung (Grown Ups), Jena Malone (The Messengers) and Emily Browning (The Uninvited).
Is it just me or does the trailer for Sucker Punch feel like a video game? It’s often said that video game to cinema translations don’t work because games are built on the foundation of spectacle and gameplay, not story. I tend to disagree with that notion, but I wonder if we’re entering an age where certain up and coming filmmakers, many of whom have played video games their entire lives, are now basing their visuals and foundations on some of the otherworldly imagery video games provide. In fact, the entire story of Sucker Punch, from what I can comprehend, seems like the basis for a video game.
Here is how Zach Snyder describes the film:
“Set in the 1950s, it tells the story of Baby Doll (Browning), who is trying to hide from the pain caused by her evil stepfather and lobotomy. She ends up in mental institution in Brattleboro, Vermont, and while there she starts to imagine an alternate reality. She plans to escape from that imaginary world but to do that she needs to steal five objects before she is captured by an unknown adversary. She has 5 days to escape before being lobotomized. In order to cope with the situation, she enters the hyper-real world of her imagination, and the lines between reality and dream begin to blur. She is joined with friends who are inmates from the institution. Lessons learned in the said fantasy world could help the girls escape their real-world fate.”
Check out the trailer and let me know your thoughts. This is on my radar, but after getting walloped in the balls by Kick-Ass and let down by Watchmen, I’ll go in extremely guarded.