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Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch: Dark Action-Packed Fantasy Thriller

  • Abbie CornishEmily Browning...
  • Action & AdventureFantasy
  • Zack Snyder
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Omar Atef
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Sucker Punch: Dark Action-Packed Fantasy Thriller

Sucker Punch is basically another epic adventure by acclaimed
director Zack Snyder (300), who has proven to be one of
the best directors in terms of brilliantly mixing slow-motioned action with mind-blowing fantasy.

In Sucker Punch, Babydoll (Browning)
suffers from an abusive stepfather, who has her locked up in a mental facility
after she is blamed for her younger sister’s death. That’s
when Sucker Punch really picks up its
pace and we’re introduced to a much more disturbing life behind the bars. Just
as she begins to lose hope in survival, four girls decide to unite with
Babydoll and fight their way out of the mental institution.

With
the help of a Wise Man (Glenn), they stop at nothing as they face unexpected
dark forces to fight for their freedom.

The
plot of Sucker Punch is about
five girls caught in a threatening dream world where they have absolutely
nothing to lose but their own deaths. Yes, we’ve seen such scenarios before, but they definitely haven’t been as creatively filmed as in this flick. Sucker Punch is full of, ahem, punches
that will surprise and compel you visually.

Sucker Punch has a fine line-up of young female leads that have
the right look and attitude for their roles. As the lead, Browning’s character
is indeed a mysteriously disturbed one, yet the audience is able to empathise with
her. This is her best role since her part in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The rest of the young female cast offer surprisingly
mature performances. Glenn and Gugino are also perfect in their brief roles as
the Wise Man and the psychiatrist respectively.

Ironically,
the action sequences are the main factors that drag the film down. Following
the enormous success of 300, Zucker
has failed to live up to his own high standards. The film’s previews make it
seem exceedingly cool, but you’ll end up yawning from the excessive use of slow
motion, uncreative cinematography and ridiculous, over-the-top villains.

Sucker Punch isn’t really an unpleasant film, but we had higher
expectations for this film given Zucker’s track record. As a film, it’s entertaining
enough; but it’s not meant for everyone.

Like This? Try

300, Watchmen, Day Watch

360 Tip

This is Zack Snyder's first live-action film to not receive an R rating in the US.

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