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Sucker Punch review

Sucker Punch

A young woman, institutionalize by her evil step-father, has only five days to delve into the depths of her imagination to escape her prison before being lobotomized.

Sucker Punch is a visually stunning tour de force by director Zack Snyder. On the surface it looks like it is light on story, but if you look beyond all the flash and bang, it's really a story about a guardian angel, in my opinion.

It's neatly wrapped up in a PG-13 rating, and there are a lot of places where you'd think it could earn an R rating, but the movie is nicely edited and designed to keep things relatively clean. I see it as a mix of Moulin Rouge, Sin City, video games, music videos, Girl, Interrupted, The Great Escape, the magician David Copperfield, samurai movies, dragons, robots, Victorian-era sci-fi, and probably a few more things that the internet loves. Heck, throw in Alice in Wonderland while we're at it, which isn't a subtle reference since a cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" is featured during one of the imaginative action sequences.

I can't say much for the acting overall. The girls are really nice eye-candy, but Scott Glenn has a good supporting role, which was one of the highlights of the film. Star Emily Browning (Baby Doll) isn't half bad, and is also featured singing on three of the tracks on the outstanding soundtrack. Like I said, the performances aren't that great, but the girls make a helluva special forces team. Plus seeing everybody's other favorite Disney bad-girl, Vanessa Hudgens (Blondie), shout motherf****r (with the f****r portion being inaudible) while trying to gundown a fire-breathing dragon, is kinda fun too.

I give Sucker Punch a somewhat generous B+
hmm I was thinking of seeing this movie... It kind of looked like a movie version of a video game plus some fan candy though, which is perfectly enjoyable, but you say there's more substance?
If you look really hard, I think there's more substance. I think. I could be projecting, though.

I like the film, therefore I feel I should defend it some regarding the criticism it has gotten for the story. But there is a lot of style there to distract you from the fact that there's little substance.