After her mother’s death, Baby Doll(Emily Browning) accidentally shoots her sister while trying to stop her stepfather from harming them. After her sister’s death, her stepfather admits Baby Doll into a mental asylum. In the mental asylum, her stepfather also arranges a lobotomy operation for Baby Doll by bribing one of the orderlies. The orderly fakes the signature of the asylum’s psychiatrist Dr Gorski(Carla Gugino). While waiting for the surgeon to perform the lobotomy, Baby Doll enters an imaginary world created in her mind.
In the imaginary world, Baby Doll arrives at a brothel. The brothel’s manager decides to presents her to someone named “The High Roller”. But Baby Doll plans to escape from the brothel, with help from an old wise man(Scott Glenn). In order to escape, she needs five items. The first four are a map, fire, a knife and a key. The fifth item is a mystery which will be revealed to her at the right moment. Baby Doll enlists the help of four others to execute the escape plan. The four others are Amber(Jamie Chung), Blondie(Vanessa Hudgens), Rocket(Jena Malone) and Sweet Pea(Abbie Cornish).
Zack Snyder directs this confusing and disappointing action movie. The movie captures the fantasy flight of a young girl just before she meets doom. As a result, the world created by the young girl is very abstract consisting of dragons, dead men powered by steam, mechanical objects etc. Zack films these scenes with great detail and care, providing us some interesting visuals and great camera work. But the movie is reality combined with a dream within a dream. The link between reality, dream and the dream within a dream tends to be too abstract and confusing. Of the performances, there is nothing to write about.