Film | Sucker Punch – Review

Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung in Sucker Punch (2011)

Director: Zack Snyder

Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish

Genre: Action|fantasy

Release Date: April 1st 2011

When her abusive stepfather gets her institutionalised, Babydoll (Browning) begins to blur the line between fantasy and reality in an attempt to escape the situation she finds herself in, both mentally and physically.

Zack Snyder has always been known as a very visual director, every one of his films is filled with stunning shots and great set pieces, but as you may have seen in my reviews of both Scott Pilgrim and Justice League, making a beautiful film filled with great action doesn’t always produce a good film, Sucker Punch is testament to that.

In the film, Babydoll copes with being forced to dance for the asylums male visitors by imagining strange and wonderful situations that mirror what is supposedly going on in the film, in one instance she along with the rest of the girls need to steal a lighter from a politician, this is shown by them storming a castle filled with orcs and killing a dragon, it’s great to watch and if you don’t think about it too much than really enjoyable, sadly once you have seen a couple of these you do start questioning why and the real reason is Snyder had come up with something he thought would look cool on-screen and put it in the movie even if it doesn’t make any real sense.

Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, and Vanessa Hudgens in Sucker Punch (2011)

Now I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to be shown really good CGI battle scenes and awesome visuals, but it does come at the cost of making a coherent movie and not only this but also takes away from the character development, resulting in the majority of the cast being entirely one dimensional.

This is probably the worst aspect of the film because you end up finding the characters boring and it really affects how much you actually care about the girl’s plight or how much you feel connected if something happens to them.

Sucker Punch should be watched at least once if not for the awesome visuals and exciting action scenes. Just don’t expect the film to make much sense or get you particularly engaged with the plot.


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