This second trailer for THE BOURNE LEGACY, with its reference to alteration in chromosomes, suggests the franchise is tipping more toward science fiction in its explanation for the physical superiority of its elite assassin.
Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross, heir to the titular legacy of Jason Bourne. Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton, Donna Murphy, and Rachel Weisz co-star for director Tony Gilroy, working from a script he co-wrote with Dan Gilroy, inspired by Robert Ludlum’s series of novels.
Universal Pictures releases THE BOURNE LEGACY on Friday, August 10, 2012.
Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski narrowly avoid a sucker punch to the solar plexus as they dodge and feint their way through an examination of Zack Snyder’s new CGI-laced fantasy action pic. Is SUCKER PUNCH a female empowerment flick or another male fantasy about hot chicks in skirts wielding weapons? Is it an original vision for the 21st Century, or is it a rehash of a dozen other flicks (BRAZIL, DRAGONSLAYER, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, MOULIN ROUGE and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, to name a few)? Does Emily Browning have more than one expression, and is Scott Glenn ready to star in THE IGGY POP STORY? These and other questions are asked, if not necessarily answered in the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #10.
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In Zack Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH, a otherwise orphaned young woman called Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is committed to a mental institution by her stepfather. Using an dream world (or is it?) to deal with her situation, she enlists her fellow female inmates to plan an escape—before she’s lobotimized.
This involves them all entering her alternate reality. On the first level, Baby Doll and her allies Sweet Pea ( Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), and Amber (Jamie Chung) as all call girls in a theatrical brothel, coached by Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and visited by by the High Roller (Jon Hamm).
However, there’s also a timeless battlefield which the Wiseman (Scott Glenn) tells them is the key to their escape, provided they can bring back five items for which they will have to battle everything from WWI soliders, robots and dragons to obtain.
An unusual project, written by Zack Synder and Steve Shibuya (largely known for 2nd Unit and FX work), the film includes popular songs and dance numbers by the cast, along with wild and fantastical combat scenes.
Speaking to Coming Soon, Synder commented that on this film, where he is not adapting someone else’s graphic novel-based work, there was something of a different feeling.
“…It was a little bit more freeing, I gotta say it was a little bit of a vacation from these massive iconology films that I’ve been working on, although in a weird way, we still ended up doing this… in my mind when I started talking about the project, it was going to be this kind of straight-forward thing and then as you work on it, it has really evolved into, I gotta say, a pretty complicated and complex structural and a sort of psychological study that we ended up doing.
SUCKER PUNCH opens this Friday, March 25th in theaters and IMAX from Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers.