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Comic-Con: Like Inception, Snyder's Sucker Punch Lets the Mind Run Wild

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2010 at 7:05AM

From Inception to Sucker Punch, the mind is the new cinematic landscape, where anything can happen, a realm of infinite possibility, where you can play with logic. What better place for Zack Snyder to go wild?
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Thompson on Hollywood

From Inception to Sucker Punch, the mind is the new cinematic landscape, where anything can happen, a realm of infinite possibility, where you can play with logic. What better place for Zack Snyder to go wild?

During the Comic-Con Warner Bros. panel, he threw out Sucker Punch, yet another mind-blowing trailer (the one for Watchmen was also a stunner). But again, this one leaves you wanting more, knowing that the final film will be devilishly hard to pull off. It's on the jump.

Admittedly audacious, Sucker Punch starts off as Girl Interrupted, with a young woman, Baby Doll (Lisbeth Salander candidate Emily Browning) admitted into a mental hospital. It's the gateway to another world, like Moulin Rouge. But it turns out to have real-world implications. Her harrowing existence at the asylum is altered by her fantasy environment as she tries to escape. Snyder wrote the original script with his writing partner Steve Shibuya. The movie, which has finished filming, opens March 25. Whatever the final outcome, I applaud Legendary and Warners for taking a shot on something different.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Studios, Video, Comic-Con, Fantasy, Action, Warner Bros./New Line, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.