This film is much like the girls in the movie.... Mental!
It's as if Director Zack Snyder ( Dawn Of The Dead Remake, 300, Watchmen) has picked his favourite films and other things that look cool and slammed them into one. The plot is off it's head, it should not work, but somehow it does perfectly as we get swept off into Babydolls fantasy worlds and end up watching the girls of the mental home fight off Gas Powered Zombie Germains in the trenches of WW1 armed with state of the art weapons. Fight giant ancient Japanese Warriors with mounted gattleing guns. Get attacked of Dragons in middle earth while they fight back in a B25 bomber and defuse a nuclear bomb on a train full of ninja robots. All these fantasy elemements supposed to have something to do with the girls tasks as in steal a map, lighter and a knife, but to be honest it's just a reson to throw loads of cool looking things at the screen. Each of the fantasy worlds have it's own soundtrack and the music is simply brilliant, adding to this the sight of Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudges and Jamie Chung scantly dressed dishing out death and destruction is enough to make any fourteen year old boy froff at the mouth. This is a movie for the X-Box generation, and although it may be shallow and style over substance the movie is truly breath taking in it's ambition, but underneath the surface lurks are very dark side of abuse, that is hinted at, and although it only scratches the surface to give the film the 12 cert is a little lean, as this is a strong 12 and not a fluffy family film.
The Blue Ray is amazing and this does offer the much better extended cut and as usual has plenty of great bonus features.
This is a mind blowing experience that may not be every ones cup of tea, but it's the ambition on the screen as well as the eye candy that truly resonates.
It's mental, twisted, but brilliant. Just go with the flow!
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