Director Zack Snyder ("300," "Watchmen") parlays his yen for unique themes and visuals into this female-empowerment saga, a graphic-novel adaptation about a young woman (Emily Browning) sent to an asylum by her scheming stepfather.
She escapes into a fantasy world in her mind, where she and other female patients battle demons in a quest that could lead to their escape in the real world. Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish and Vanessa Hudgens are among the heroine's comrades in a cast that also includes Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Scott Glenn. DVD extras: audio commentary by Snyder; deleted scenes; animated short subjects. *** (PG-13 and R-rated versions: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times