You Will Be Unprepared
Sucker Punch Movie

The building buzz over the much anticipated Sucker Punch reached a point of crescendo with the screening of the trailer at the recent Comic Con. Currently still under production, it’s an action-fantasy based on an original script written by Steve Shibuya and directed by Zack Snyder, he of ‘Dawn Of The Dead’, 300’ and ‘Watchmen’ fame. Snyder has decided to go with an all-female cast with this film saying that ”I already did the all-male cast with 300, so I’m doing the opposite end of the spectrum,” and indeed he has, with an impressive ensemble of beauties that includes Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung and Jena Malone.

Development began over three years ago with the film initially scheduled to be made before ‘Watchmen’. Snyder has described the film as "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns" and if you throw in some monsters, dragons, B-52 bombers and an imaginary brothel you can see what he means. Just watch the incredible trailer to get an idea of how non genre specific it actually is.

Set during the 1950s (hence the bombers) it tells the story of Baby Doll (Browning) who is sent to a mental institution in New England at the behest of her evil stepfather. Whilst imprisoned there she begins to imagine a delirious alternate reality as means of a coping mechanism. However, she soon becomes embroiled in this hyper reality in which her fellow inmates collude to help her in her escape attempts. In order to flee the imagined world she needs to steal five objects before or she is to be captured by an unknown adversary. In the mirrored reality of the real world she also has 5 days to escape before being lobotomized. Five objects, five girls, five days…

If all of that wasn’t enough they’ve decided to use the musical score as a device for moving from one reality to the next. They’ve reportedly used existing songs, including ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Love Is The Drug’ and have hinted that these will be covers performed by the cast and may feature in a similar way to the way the music worked in Moulin Rouge.

I’ve got to admit that I was sold up to that point. Action, fantasy filmmaking with strong females, gun battles and dragons sounds just my cup of multiplex tea. But singing transitions may just be a bridge too far, Moulin Rouge being one of my most hated films of recent years. Here’s hoping the cast can sing a damn sight better than Ewan McGregor.

‘Sucker Punch’ is due to be released in 2011.


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