Zack Snyder’s action-fantasy romp, Sucker Punch, is the appropriately named movie of 2011. Just like a sucker punch, it first leaves you feeling dizzy and surprised and ends with utter confusion, and pain. Zack Synder, the director of such visually stunning films such as The Watchmen and 300, makes his screen writing debut with Sucker Punch, an action-fantasy romp revolving around Babydoll’s (Emily Browning) false imprisonment in an asylum and plot to gain her freedom.
The first thing I will say about Sucker Punch is this: It is the best music video I have ever seen. Its as visually stunning a movie as all of Snyder’s other films but with one big difference. For some unknown reason, they decided to use music for most of the first half of the movie instead of really using any dialogue. This strange habit leaves you slightly restless and wondering when something is actually going to start happening. Even the delivery is jarring, with Babydoll’s perception of events being told through three different “Realities”. But when the music starts, that’s when Sucker Punch really shines. The phenomenal actions sequences are truly every nerds fantasy come true with titular heroines, zombies, Nazis, dragons, mecha, bullet-time, robots, knights, samurai, and so much more that make men salivate like Pavlov’s favorite pooch. The action alone is enough to make some of the more staunch movie goer forgive the sizable plot holes and paper thin plot twist you see coming at the onstart of the movie.
If you can get past the poorly paced story and less than inspired delivery of Sucker Punch’s dialogue, you will find a movie worth sitting through if nothing more than the action and excellent soundtrack. Just think of it this way: If Inception had a little sister into anime, girl power, and action films, this is the movie that she would make.
P-Chan gives Sucker Punch a 6.5/10