July 23 2010

First Images From Sucker Punch

I have come to the conclusion there is a whole new genre of film that I am referring to as “visual candy”. It’s like a sugary treat for the eyes, but it’s doubtful if it’s nutritionally sound for you.

(yes, I know this sounds like “eye candy”, but I define that as a single thing or person.  “Visual candy” is a whole movie, i.e. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.)

Sucker Punch, the next film from Zack Snyder, who directed 300 and Watchmen, definitely looks like it falls into this new category.  Although I have seen about eight images from it so far in total … I couldn’t care less and I know I have to see this.

Coming out March 25, 2011, Sucker Punch is the first film from Mr. Snyder based on a story of his own as opposed to being an adaptation of someone else’s work.  Although he has only released three features (Dawn of the Dead was his first), he doesn’t have a great box office track record.

Budget Domestic Box Office International Box Office
Dawn of the Dead $26,000,000 $59,020,957 $43,335,424
300 $65,000,000 $210,614,939 $245,453,242
Watchmen $130,000,000 $107,509,799 $77,749,184

Dawn of the Dead did well based on the series, 300 was a huge hit and Watchmen is considered a flop. With this in mind, he was given $85 million for Sucker Punch based on his own concept and with a visual style that will be iffy with mainstream audiences to say the least.

You know what?  I don’t care?  I need to see this movie as it looks like a heck of a fun ride.

The basic premise is that Baby Doll is in a mental institution in the 1950’s, and she escapes into this fantasy world with five other female patients.  In this other place it is a mixture of times and wars, and to avoid a lobotomy she is facing, Baby Doll must found five objects that will let her avoid her fate.  Sound odd?  Yep?  Do I care?  Nope.

Click any of the images below for huge versions (logo above is clickable also).

Emily Browning as Baby Doll.

Jamie Chung as Amber.

Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie.

Carla Gugino as Madam Gorski.

Jena Malone as Rocket.

Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea.

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