Review: Sucker Punch

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Genre: Action Fantasy
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Staring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino
Released: March 25, 2011

THE GENERAL IDEA

Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary…with potentially tragic consequences.

THE GOOD

The visuals for this movie are right in the standard I would expect from Snyder, and with all the trailers and sneak peeks we are just not disappointed with that. We knew what style it was going to be in and it delievers just that. A lot of amazing visuals and some damned hot girls to boot.

That’s all I have.

THE BAD

This movie relies far too much on the sexual. The girls are borderline softcore porn and while normally I wouldn’t be opposed to any of this, there is less substance to most of the characters which brings the hope that this particular softcore porn would be justified with solid storytelling.

The film had SO MUCH potential to deliver a story with deep characters and paralell visuals. However, it falls short settling on an interesting start and a visual roller coaster ride. It was too busy showing you the goods that it forgot it had a plot or depth of character. To escape we must fight, and we must fight in lingerie. Does she escape? What is real? Do they make me care? No.

I was waiting for the big reveal that resolves everything, tying the surreal to the real – waiting for the “sucker punch”… then I looked at my ticket stub and it hit me.

OVERALL

Lingerie, action, insanely delicious visuals are just not enough to make this movie “worthwhile” but it is sexy. Get a set of the posters instead.

This troubles me, but only briefly. Snyder’s track record was pretty solid til now so I won’t hang him after one sloppy film. He has done really well in other works, but even the great ones trip up sometimes.

I give Sucker Punch a 3 out of 10 because those girls are damned hot.

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