Sucker Punch Movie Review
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Upcoming movie, “Sucker Punch,” is a dark, dismal, grim, and just plain unsavory display of CGI technical genius in the midst of an overly dark, heavy metal story. One has to wonder about Zack Snyder’s skills as a storyteller.
All of the characters, who bear a strange resemblance to an off-off Broadway presentation of “Showgirls,” are all part of one girl’s imagination. There’s no feeling of suspense. There’s a big woman’s angle and fans are awaiting this new movie “Sucker Punch” with baited breath so it’s possible that Warner Bros. may be in receipt of big box office numbers – but maybe not. This sort of thing has been a little unreliable lately.
Snyder’s popularity is a result of the success of two of his movies: “Dawn of the Dead” and “300.” His storytelling became weaker in “Watchmen” and “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” which was just awful.
Director and scriptwriter, Snyder and co-writer Steve Shibuya, make up for the lack of good storytelling with visuals. The prologue of the movie shows off these skills in new movie release “Sucker Punch.” It tells how a girl, whose name is Babydoll, ended up in an insane asylum in Vermont in the early ‘60s. Snyder uses strong visual skills to tell how Babydoll, played by Emily Browning, was accused, after the death of her mother, of the murder of her awful stepfather. She was also framed after the stepfather murdered her sister. This left her on the path to a lobotomy at a creepy, Victorian, dark, Lennox House for the Criminally Insane.
But the hall is a downtrodden nightclub. The Lennox House girls get dance lessons from an Eastern European “physician” played by Carla Gugino and then perform their routines for people selected by the creepy owner of the place. He’s named Blue and is played by Oscar Isaac. Babydoll soon makes friends with two sisters, Sweet Pea and Rocket, played by Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone, respectively. She also befriends some tough girls, Blondie and Amber, played by Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. Wise man, played by Scott Glenn, who takes care of the Asian temple, tells her how to escape. He gives her a list of five things she has to find during some very scary adventures.
Babydoll enters her imagination whenever she dances, something that we never see. She’s also fighting for the good of all with her girlfriends so that they can escape Lennox House. The girls are seen in a bunch of unusual scenes, one right after the other, including World War I, a castle guarded by a dragon, and a world of Robocop type warriors.
These battles are the high point of movie picture “Sucker Punch.” They’re done in a truly epic manner that’s only possible through CGI – diving, roaring, crashing battles. All of the explosions, beheadings, and slashing is done in an elegant way, much in the same way that “The Matrix” was done.
The problem is that all of the violent sequences are offered in a dreamy manner. This just drains away any sense of engagement. Viewers know that nothing bad is really going to happen to any of the girls in “Sucker Punch.”