Sucker Punch (2011)

April 3, 2011

Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung
Director: Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300, Dawn Of The Dead)

Quick Thoughts: Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch follows in the visual footsteps of his previous films 300 and Watchmen, but fails to capture the endearing qualities of either of those films. The action sequences pale in comparison to those of 300 and the story lacks the substance and depth of the script in Watchmen. I didn’t walk away from Sucker Punch thinking I just saw a terrible film, it’s just extremely underwhelming. The story isn’t interesting, the characters are mostly bland, and the acting is mediocre at best. I like Jena Malone in general, but no one else really brought anything special to the table and lead actress Emily Browning as Baby Doll was particularly lifeless. If I’m supposed to find her performance sexually appealing or empowering, mission failed. Sucker Punch started out promising enough but I was over it within the first thirty minutes and ready to move on to other things. Even with mild expectations, I found this movie to be a pretty big disappointment. As a huge Superman fan, I’m definitely scared of what Snyder is going to do to that franchise.

Viewings: 1
Replay Value: 2-3 viewings.
Sequel Potential: It’s tough to see where the story goes from here, but if it does well in the box office, a sequel is probably likely…
Oscar Potential: Maybe a visual effects nod, but probably not.
Nudity: Rated PG-13… by far the worst aspect of the film. Five hot chicks starring and no nudity? Do these people not know how to make money?
Grade: 4/10 (Netflix It)
Recommendation: Sucker Punch is a high octane action film that relies heavily on impressive visuals and it practically bored me to death. I say skip it.

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