Sucker Punch, starring the likes of Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, and more, tells a rather colorful story of girls locked in a mental institution and their struggle to break free from the problems and persecution that entangle and snare them. Director Zack Snyder delivers his tale in a mode of duality which switches back and forth between reality and the psychological worlds created in the minds of the heroines. Snyder chooses this unique manner of epic storytelling in order for the audience to accomplish a grasp on the feelings, experiences, and sense of mental anquish/drama that the girls battle through. You really should watch the featurette below in order to have a better understanding of the premise for the film than what the short trailers on tv have given so far!
The touch of Zack Snyder can be seen all over this film and does nothing but increase the level of impatience felt as we must await Superman: Man of Steel to release in December of 2012. As Sucker Punch began, I could not help but think back to Watchmen as a musical montage is once again used to tell us a gripping story in the first few minutes of the film! Style, screenplay, and storytelling….all three big staples of the Snyder way! No points though for any originality that strays away from his unique usual. Sucker Punch is a film that is absolutely amazing visually!
Other than the eye candy that it is meant to be, though,..there is nothing else sweet about this sucker! The girls, the action scenes, the cinematography, and the blending of different movies/scenarios to make one film (Scenarios from Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, Tron, and such like), all of the visual presentation in Sucker Punch packs a wallop that is rather enjoyable. Fanboys of all ages will enjoy the fight scenes, girls with guns, battle music, and slow motion kicks, dodges, and dives. BUT…all that wonderful-ness, if you will, aside….Does Sucker Punch bring anything else to the table along the same lines as director Zack Snyder’s other works like 300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead, or Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole? Unfortunately, the answer is…’No.”
This presentation of epic proportions is laced with bad acting, numerous plot holes, confusing sequences of events, unfinished storylines, and a build up to an ending that never truly comes to fruition. Come the end of it all, one might find themself more confused than they were at the end of Christopher Nolan’s amazing film, Inception! Several events that happen in the film leave much to be desired and, unfortunately, the action does not quite make up for it. Carla Gugino and Jon Hamm had just the right amount of screen time and performance that they added very nicely to the plot. The opposite, though, must be stated about Oscar Isaac who overbearingly plays the annoying head “jailor” (if you will) by the name of Blue Jones. Aside from the main lead female characters, the one who is the most entertaining of all is Scott Glenn as the Wise Man.
The action is amazing and non-stop in the world created by the girls, but as the action goes on, one realizes that there is no movement or real closure to the actual true story in reality that is at hand. Come the end, the viewer will come to realize that the true tragedy of the film is the fact of being suckerpunched into forking out the moolah to go see the film. If not for the 4 or 5 sequences that take place in (but don’t take place in) the alternate reality of the girls….this movie would make absolutely no sense and have no direction or closure. It would be basically pointless. Unfortunately.
Go See Sucker Punch if you want to enjoy the visual feast that your eyes will have to dine upon. (Vanessa Hudgens still has some work to do to impress me on the big screen!) The explosions, the action, the adrenaline….it’s all pretty amazing to watch! You don’t even mind the copying from other films (Snyder’s or otherwise), but ultimately, when you come off of the action and visually-entrancing high, you will find that the story has one of the biggest buildups and biggest letdowns of all. Perhaps that was the intent of the title overall. Introduce you to some level of tragedy and the battle to overcome it, but then…..oop, sorry. No complete ending for you! ha!
Sucker Punch..a film that was in contention (for me) as possibly one of the better movies of 2011…..well, Sucker Punch just knocked itself out of the running!
But, You don’t have to take MY word for it. Hear it straight from the “First Fans” interviewed by my friend Casey Messer with Hollywood Dailies!
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for “Sucker Punch”
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