Sucker Punch Trailer And Posters

Posted by Grey Sunday, August 1, 2010

Babes! Dogfights! Dragons! Mechs! Musicals! Nazis! Ninjas! Samurai!

Just how insane can Sucker Punch get? The Daily Zombies take a sneak peek at the upcoming psychedelic-action-fantasy-steampunk (wow, that's quite a handful) film from Zack Snyder, along with the awesome trailer and posters that have since been released.

To elaborate my earlier point, allow me to be precise:

Babes, scantily-clad, sword-wielding, all-guns-ablazing babes, the likes of the divine Carla Gugino and a hosts of hot young actresses.

Dogfights, between B52s and what seemed like ...

... Dragons, flame-throwing type you see in those medieval fantasy.

Mechs, a particularly weird bunny-faced mecha, along with many other giant robots.

Musicals, the likes of musical numbers in a brothel (no joke) not unlike Moulin Rouge.

Nazis, armored soldiers similar to those found in the anime film, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.

Ninjas, with all kinds of fancy swordplay sequences crossing with...

... Samurai, demonic-looking ones that wield Gatling guns, though.

Just so you understand the raving hype behind Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" after footages of the film were screened at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. The footage, an epitome of the film which personified the bastard son of action, fantasy, and sci-fi, blew the collective mind of the hordes of nerds during the event. It has since been released and edited as a trailer by Warner Bros. Without further ado, let's take a look at the trailer below.

If you are still conscious after the over-dosage of the sum total geekism in the above video, it might be noteworthy that the trailer did not bill Snyder "Visionary Director" as they did in the Watchmen trailers. Strangely, while the Watchmen film is a most faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's iconic comic series, the very faithfulness became a bane to the billing, which is the very same case for Snyder's earlier work, 300. However, with Sucker Punch, Snyder finally made his first foray into an original film that is not based on any previously published material (his first film was a remade of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead). And based on what we witnessed in the trailer, the film is indeed a potential visionary work.

First described by Snyder as "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns", the film has went on to be Snyder's exercise in imagination. Let's take a look at the official plot synopsis to have a better grip with the psychedelic burlesque-action fusion (my second try at categorizing it. It's getting kind of frustrating by now.)

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 and while there she starts to imagine alternative reality. She plans to escape from that imaginary world but to do that she needs to steal five objects before she is caught by a vile man. 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.

In a recent interview with iO9, Snyder elaborate on the psychedelic nature of the plot, giving his own take on the plot:

Zack Snyder: Baby [the main character] is committed to the insane asylum by her stepfather who wants her lobotomized so that she won't be able to testify or tell the police what he's done to her. He pays the evil orderly off and the guy's like, "No problem, but it's going to take me a little while because we don't have a doctor here that can do the lobotomy." So, in five days, the guy's coming to do it and so in those five days she comes up with a plan to escape because she wants to get out before that happens. That's really, sort of, the story of the movie. That she can help these girls and the other girls want to help her get out, because they want to get out. But then, somewhere along the way, she actually starts imagining that this insane asylum is a brothel, and that she is a virgin, and that–

Debbie Snyder: In five days, she's going to be deflowered.

Zack Snyder: This rich guy's coming to take her virginity.

Despite its commercial element by fusing many popular genres in one, the central plot of the film is psychedelically innovative. Emily Browning, playing the part of the protagonist, Babydoll, will be joined by Vanessa Hudgens (Blondie), Abbie Cornish (Sweet Pea), Jamie Chung (Amber), and Jena Malone (Rocket). Carla Gugino will be playing the role of Madame Gorsky, who is in fact the ward's lead doctor who inspired Baby Doll to use her imagination as a means to escape the asylum. Previously mistaken as David Carradine, Scott Glenn will be playing the role of a mentor to the protagonist.

The film is currently scheduled to be released on March 25th, 2011. In the meantime, let's take a look at the posters that have since released, inclusive of the six character banners that were premiered at SDCC, and some of the art pieces created by artist Alex Pardee.


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