New SUCKER PUNCH Trailer Leaves Us Dumbfounded

Two years ago, Zack Snyder's Watchmen was everywhere. The graphic novel was placed at the top of the book charts & enjoyed high prominence in stores, eye-catching posters were splashed on every bus stop and billboard, guys on every street could be seen walking around with bloody, smiley-faced t-shirts and the adaptation of the definitive superhero story was on the lips of every geek. In the end, the movie barely crossed the $100 million mark domestically and the true, limiting pull of the graphic novel was evident. By that token then Snyder's fantasy action follow-up Sucker Punch, which nobody is talking about in glowing terms, with no big fanbase to count on and little in terms of mass marketing anywhere - and don't get us started on the quality of the trailers (the latest is below)- must be a worry for Warner Bros. I mean outside of those very cult-ish and niche-few who get turned on by this kind of thing, who is the movie for exactly? Here's an utterly confusing music video mash-up showcasing the special effects of the film but absolutely offers up nothing in the way of tying it altogether. Sucker Punch centers on a girl named Babby Doll (Emily Browning) who enters an alternative reality with her friends to escape a mental institution her evil step father (Gerard Plunkett) has placed her in, with the plan to lobotimze her in five days. Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Scott Glenn, Oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm and Snyder favourite Carla Gugino star. Overly expensive (well past $100 million), the 'let's throw the kitchen sink at it and worry about it making sense later!' movie has no film stars and barely any roles for men to speak of and with just over a month to go before it's March 25th spring bow, I can't forecast anything but gloomy skies for Sucker Punch. Sometimes giving a director $100 million to make a movie about their fetishistic dreams, doesn't always mean we will get Inception as a return!
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.