- Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, Oscar Isaac, Vicky Lambert, Michael Adamthwaite, Ron Selmour, Danny Bristol, Malcolm Scott, Frederique De Raucourt, Lee Major, Jonathan 'Legacy' Perez, Gerard Plunkett
- Director: Zack Snyder
- Writers: Steve Shibuya, Zack Snyder
- Producers: Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder
- Executive Producers: Wesley Coller, Christopher DeFaria, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull
- Art Directions: Stefan Dechant, Grant Van Der Slagt
- Castings: Michelle Allen, Kristy Carlson, Lora Kennedy
- Costume Design: Michael Wilkinson
- D.O.P.: Larry Fong
- Editor: William Hoy
- Makeup: Rosalina Da Silva
- Musics: Tyler Bates, Marius De Vries
- Production Design: Rick Carter
An action fantasy set in the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary.
She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls -- the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) -- to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm).
Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey -- if they succeed -- will set them free.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Vancouver, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language
- Production Budget: $85 million
- Production Companies: Cruel & Unusual Films, Legendary Pictures, Lennox House Films, Warner Bros. Pictures
- Production Schedule: 10 September 2009 - 29 January 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Almost a decade ago I read a script for a new take on "Alice in Wonderland" which posited the idea that Wonderland was a world into which Alice escaped from her real life situation - being locked in an insane asylum where she was regularly abused. At the time it was a familiar scenario, I remember a few genre shows using very similar ideas.
Now along comes "Sucker Punch", a film that's essentially a big-budget feature adaptation of a teenage male geek's wet dream, which uses the same scenario to build its flimsy structure upon. Here, young girls have been sent to an institution where they escape the torture and humdrum of their daily lives by playing heroes in various fantasy scenarios.
That appears to be the only plot there is. Snyder's spent an incredible amount of time detailing the look of the various worlds in which these characters drop in and out of, but he doesn't seem to give any of them any particular meaning. Like quite a few modern day action directors, the substance appears decidedly thin while the style is in complete overdrive.
While it all suffers from the over-saturation, over-editing and CG overload effect of most action movies these days, Snyder is still a visually dynamic filmmaker and there's some impressive action and effects work on hand in the trailers. That style might just be enough for the target demographic though, and this has a more modern sensibility that should appeal to them far more than his Cold War-set and somewhat flat adaptation of "Watchmen".
Yet beyond that target demo there is ZERO appeal here. Having all the women dress up in fetish gear isn't "empowering", it's exploitation plain and simple. The mix of dragons, samurai, Nazis, zeppelins, Orcs, etc. looks like a thrown together pastiche with no real through line beyond a one-line premise. Even young boys will likely find this not as satisfying as they might hope. I do hope it surprises us and has some earnestness to it, but the chances are slim."