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Sunday, March 27, 2011




The story of Alice in Wonderland receives a hyper-violent makeover in Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder's fantastical tale of a young psychiatric patient who escapes into a vivid world of fantasy after being committed to a mental hospital by her abusive stepfather. Set in the 1950s, Sucker Punch takes viewers on an incredible journey into the mind of Babydoll (Emily Browning), who finds herself at the mercy of her malevolent stepfather after her mother passes away. With no remaining family and no friends to turn to, her stepfather has her committed to a bleak mental hospital, where she is scheduled to receive a lobotomy in five days. As the procedure draws near, Babydoll creates a phantasmagorical alternate reality in which she must seek out five items in order to secure her freedom. Should she fail, her mind isn't the only thing she stands to lose. Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Carla Gugino, and Jon Hamm co-star in a film co-written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director : Zack Snyder

Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung

Release Date: Mar 25, 2011

Rated PG-13 for Thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language

Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy


I have a serious confession to make. I’m a nerd. It’s something I’ve come to accept over the years and ultimately embrace. Using that old adage that it takes one to know one, it’s not a stretch to say that Zach Snyder is also a nerd. Sucker Punch is his masturbatory love letter to his 13 year old self. Barely coherent with just the slimmest shred of a plot he moves the show forward by showing us what has been knocking around in his head for years. By strapping the storyline with a faux female empowerment theme he forgives himself for the cosplay fetish videogame he puts on screen. At the very least, the action is well executed and fun to look at. In fact it’s so well done that you could skip the “real world” segments and not miss much. The ensemble cast is uniformly stiff probably because Snyder didn’t demand much out of them and mostly just wanted them to look sexy and cool during the endless “money shots” and upskirts he had planned. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Snyder and thought his cinematic version of Watchmen was an underrated gem. The aptly named Sucker Punch is nothing more than Chicago meets Cosplay, nerd porn that will send launch leagues of teenage boys into puberty. For the rest of us, well there are better ways to spend 2 hours.



  1. You are a nerd? Seriously hadn't noticed.................

    I think we missed our chance to see Sucker Punch and the more I hear about the movie the less interested I am in it.

    Reading a few reviews is enough to convince me that I will hate the film which is a shame as I loved Watchmen and also 300!

    For this one I am working on the premise of: if you didn't like it - I wont like it. On that basis I should probably thank you for saving me the bother


  2. I hide my affliction quite well, not here but elsewhere.

    Sucker Punch is a movie I'd been waiting for and should have loved but it was a disaster. It was a visual love letter from Snyder to his 13 year old self.

  3. I saw it last night and feel divided by it. So much to like but........
    Ulimately with being unable to ay yay or nay to it Al I cantell people is go and see it forselves and make up your own mind. Sucker Punch is unusual for me in that way as I can't give an answer as to whether it is worth watching or not.

  4. I'll hvae to give it another run on video but my first viewing just left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Almost think it would have worked better as 5 unconnected fantasy sequences instead of trying to have an overall narrative.

  5. Exactly right. If they cut out the appalling narravtive scenes and put it back together as a two hour long action sequence it would be agreat movie!! Know what you mean by a bitter taste in your mouth as overall it is a real disappointment. It is almost a carbon copy of Battle LA in being awesome in between the awful acting.


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