Talks of Sucker Punch started in 2007 when “300” was being released in theatres. Why is the movie called “Sucker Punch?” No sources have covered that yet.
The movie looks like the depressing, dark “Return of Oz” (not the classic “Wizard of Oz”) with Baby Doll as Dorothy, the mental institution as the antagonist and 2011 CGI. The movie’s poster description “A Mind-bending Vision of Reality.. and” character split between reality and dream world concept are reminscent of what the “Adjustment Bureau” was trying to achieve, capitalizing on the success of “Inception”. The movie’s large budget and look seem to be what the of goal “Tron: Legacy” was and what Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” achieved in the box office. Zach Snyder has even called the film “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns” in several interviews. The trailers featured many things such as samurai, dragons, giant robots, B-52 Bombers and space metropoli all in similar settings. The story mentions of four MacGuffins or for Harry Potter fans, horcruxes to get the protagonist out of the predicament she is in. While the story looks to have great themes and visuals, how much depth will the characterizations and story be?
After “Legends of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole,” Zach Snyder will be making another original geeky film. Like “300” and “Watchmen,” the film will be made under the Legendary Pictures banner. From those movies, Snyder will be bringing editor William Hoy, cinematographer Larry Fong and music composer and producer Tyler Bates. One will have more reasons to expect the film to feel similar to others of Snyder’s vision.
They will also have the same stunt people as “300.” Snyder describes “The hand to hand stuff is all brutal, because Damon (Caro) did all the (fights) in Bourne (films) and it has that vibe to it.” According to cast member, Jamie Chung,
“But it really is ‘300’ but with a female cast… The girls have been training for 12 weeks, so you can only imagine. The girls are lifting 210 pounds.”
Zach Snyder explains, “music will also be a major ingredient in the film in a way similar to how it was used in Moulin Rouge” Snyder even hired the music composer from Moulin Rouge for the film. As a critic of the Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top abstractness of “Moulin Rouge,” one may be deterred from the film in fear of it being a bad musical. However, recalling the soundtrack and score of “Watchmen, one recalls how the music set the time period and location of the film and hope that “Sucker Punch” has the same treatment from Snyder.
One may recognize Carla Gugino from Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” as Silk Spectre I. In this film, she will be portraying a nurse in the asylum by the name of Madam Gorski.
Abbie Cornish had also previously worked with Snyder in the fantasy film “Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole” as Otulissa. She has numerous accolades for her preformances in 2004’s “Somersault,” 2006’s “Candy,” and 2009’s “Bright Star.”
The star of the film, Emily Browning may be remembered in the fantasy genre for her role as Violet Baudelaire in the “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and Anna Ivers in “The Uninvited.” In this exciting year for her, Emily Browning has also reported to have replaced Mia Wasikowska in Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty.”
Jena Malone is also familiar with dark fairy tales, portraying Jake Gyllenhaal’s character’s girlfriend in “Donnie Darko.”
Ladies and Gentleman. Jamie Chung, the survivor of “Dragonball Evolution.” One may have figured it would have been Chow Yun-Fat. Who could blame Jamie for joining a movie with the name Dragonball in it? Like “Batman & Robin,” the movie was disliked by fans, but did well enough at the box office.
Vanessa Hudgens was in “High School Musical.” Her character in the movie is named Blondie despite having dark colored hair. About the film, Vanessa Hudgens stated:
“I’m so stoked about it. I kept telling everyone, ‘I want to do an action film.’ But they were like, ‘Maybe in a few years.’ So I’m like, ‘Ha, in your face. I am doing one now!'”
Zac Efron is jealous of Hudgens for working with Zach Snyder.
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