Sucker Punch. Imaginative story about escaping the torture of real life, or opportunity to showcase young women in sexy outfits as they blow stuff up? Director Zack Snyder would tell us the former, but we all know it's the latter. And sadly Sucker Punch isn't much more than that.
In this movie from the director of Watchmen, 300 and the future Superman, a young woman named Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is placed in a mental asylum and immediately begins to plan her escape with the aid of her fellow inmates (Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung). As she does, she imagines that she and her inmates are a sword-wielding, gun-shooting hit squad.
I don't get it either.
Seriously, Sucker Punch doesn't make much sense. And even when it does, the pieces are so disconnected it's hard to tie one to the next. The action featured in the previews... well, it has little bearing on the real world. As a result, it's hard to get too excited about anything that happens on screen.
The action is, more or less, fun. Visually intense and insanely gorgeous from start to finish, Sucker Punch looks like a quintessential Zack Snyder movie - but it isn't as entertaining. This is the first time I can relate to his critics who claim Snyder is all about style over substance. I loved 300, and I even liked Watchmen, but...
Sucker Punch is all style over substance.
Hot girls. Skimpy clothing. Nazis. Zombies. Dragons. Samurais. That is Sucker Punch. The plot makes no sense. Character development is minimal. The story is, ultimately, stupid. That is Sucker Punch.
The ending is also terrible, disappointing and anticlimactic.
Sucker Punch looks great and has some strong action sequences, but simultaneously it's a jumbled mess. Zack Snyder is a good director, but one who needs to work within a set framework. When his creativity is unleashed, as it is in Sucker Punch, he clearly bites off more than he can chew.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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