Sucker Punch Review

"Sucker Punch" stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone and Jamie Chung. The film is directed by Zack Snyder. It is written by Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya. Is this the first blockbuster of the year? Or are you a sucker for seeing it?

Story - A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility. That is synopsis for the film. Where to begin with this story? Excuse me what story, what plot. The story is all over the place. To sum it up for people who might have been confused. This is an escape film/action film/suppose to be a social commentary on how women are viewed. The main character Babydoll (Emily Browning) has a plan to escape the institution. She was told in a fantasy world that in order to escape she must obtain five items. The items are obtain through an unseen dance sequence. When it's time to dance, the film goes into the fantasy world. In the fantasy world we see the action sequences, where the girls have to battle zombies, dragons and etc to get the items. Problem with the story is there is a lack of character development and very repetitive. This is the format of the film. Girls plan the escape, they go into the fantasy world. The action scene happen, then a little social commentary on women. The movie was suppose to be a social commentary on women and how they are view. Unfortunately I didn't see the message or theme in this film. Lack of character of development, plot all of over the place, and theme really missed it's mark. To be fair there is some points in the social commentary that I did enjoy. Like the social commentary on abuse.

Acting - I actually enjoyed the acting in the movie. I didn't think the acting was bad. Some scenes felt wooden and some scenes were good. The girls had great chemistry with each other. Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone and Jamie Chung make the film watchable. They were great in the action scenes and I did like the emotional scenes. However acting alone can't save a movie.

Music & Filmmaking - The music uses a lot of covers from the 80's. We have a cover from one of my favorite songs "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics. The original score I enjoyed as well. I love the themes and songs played in the action. However some of the covers made me cringe. The film is absolutely beautiful to look at. If there is one thing Synder knows is visual. "Sucker Punch" is a wow in detail from the environments, to make up and even camera angles. The action scenes are very entertaining. However Synder is still in love with slow motion, he uses that technique every chance he gets. The style is really getting old and I'm hoping he will get a new technique for the action.

Final Grade C-/** Stars Out Of 4 - Sucker Punch is disappointing. The acting is okay, the visual are wonderful, however the story suffers, the theme misses it's mark at points and the slow motion technique is getting stale. It's up to you whether you will be the sucker.