Zack Snyder has never been one for subtlety and his new film seems like the least subtle yet. The 300 director’s latest film, Sucker Punch, tells the story of a young girl with the unfortunate name of Babydoll (Emily Browning) who is locked in a 1950’s mental asylum by her wicked step-father. She escapes from her everyday life by living in a fantasy world, but at 5 days from a lobotomy she begins to launch a more literal escape with her equally attractive friends (Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, and Jena Malone.)
The first trailer puts most of the emphasis on Babydoll’s suptuous fantasy world, which, as I’ve mentioned before, seems a lot closer to the fantasy of a teenaged boy than that of a teenaged girl. Not that girls wouldn’t enjoy fighting giant robot samurai, but I think most would rather not have to do it in a miniskirt. (Besides, that’s not even going into how unlikely it is that a girl in 1950’s America would even know what samurai are, since post-WWII America was still not so hot on the Japanese… and I’m going to stop trying to apply logic to this film, it’s obviously not working.) Logical or not, Sucker Punch came out of Comic-Con with a lot of buzz, and the trailer delivers on showcasing the film’s over-the-top, exploit-tastic action. Sucker Punch, written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya, will arrive, scantly-clad, on an exploding dragon to theaters on March 25th, 2011.