Sucker Punch Movie Review

Have you ever been sucker punched? Basically, you never see it coming, it’s a sudden pain you were not expecting, and afterwards you are left confused and wondering where the hell it came from, and more importantly, WHY. Zack Snyder’s first original story for the big screen left me feeling the same way.

Sucker Punch (IMDB or Official Website) is an action/fantasy film written and directed by Zack Snyder. It stars Abby Browning who plays Baby Doll, a young girl who is institutionalized by her wicked step-father after the death of her mother. She is scheduled for a lobotomy within five days of her arrival, and copes with her situation through fantasy while planning her escape with four other patients.

By now most movie goers are familiar with director Zack Snyder and what he brings to the table. Suffice it to say that with Sucker Punch, it’s more of the same. While his attention to detail and dynamic visuals are uncanny, there is nothing new under the sepia-toned sun. I understand that most of the action takes place in a fantasy world, but the over the top action sequences were pointless and so tiring to sit through.

This was Zack Snyder’s first original story for a feature length film, and with movies like Watchmen and 300 under his belt, I was hoping he would bring to life a compelling story that would compliment his dynamic directing ability. Instead, Sucker Punch was confusing at best. The story jumps from one place to another with no logical reason, and most of it was predictable. Coupled with the pointless action sequences, I felt no emotional attachment to any of the characters.

Overall, Sucker Punch is not worth the hype, and if you’ve seen the trailer, then you’ve seen the movie. I feel that this was Zack Snyder’s chance to show what he can do with his own vision, and instead spliced in a bunch of slow-motion to fast-motion action sequences to a bland storyline. Snyder’s next film, Superman: Man of Steel, is scheduled for a 2012 release, and is written by David S. Goyer, who has a slew of comic book adaptations to his credit, including the current Batman film franchise.

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