Sucker Punch
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens
110 Minutes / USA

First off allow me to say that I was extremely looking forward to seeing this movie. As a fan of a lot of the crazy Japanese Horror type films like “Machine Girl” and “Tokyo Gore Police”, etc…I was expecting that Suck Punch was going to be an American film maker’s first dive into trying to create something along these lines. Well, that’s what I expected based on the movie trailer. What I got was something completely different.

I’ll start with the good, what little there is…The CGI and cinematography in this film is down right amazing. The battle scenes are incredible, and the CGI looks real (as real as it gets when it’s dragons, zombies, etc). And as for good…well, that just about it.

So you have the story of this young lady (“Baby Doll” – Emily Browning”) that kills her little sister by accident while trying to defend her from her step father. Baby Doll is placed in a mental hospital where she dreams off into some land where she is forced to dance/strip with other girls in the mental hospital. Once inside this dream she travels off into an additional dream land of fighting dragons and zombies to enable her escape from the clutches of the people making her dance.

In all you basically have 3 different movies going on all at the same time, none of which make much of any sense being all spun together. I can only advise you to avoid Sucker Punch.

I’d give the movie a two out of ten rating if it wasn’t for the amazing CGI and cinematography. Because of that I’ve been a little more kind with the overall rating.


Review by: James Mattern