Sucker Punch

In this mind-warping action thriller, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), a girl slated for lobotomy in a 1950s-era asylum, leads a group of young female inmates in an attempt to escape both their mental fantasy worlds and the actual institution where they are prisoners. To accomplish her plan, Baby Doll must steal five objects — but is the man who’s trying to stop her real, or a figment of her imagination? Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) directs.

Rating: 4 out of 10

I had a ton of faith going into this movie. My wife and I were looking forward to seeing what Zach Snyder’s latest flick would be like. I’m a huge fan of “Watchmen,” which I think is one of the best comic book movies ever made.

This film follows his typical epic fight scenes — full of CG on the most massive scale and slick movement without being dizzying. But I found myself wishing this movie would end about half way through.

It starts out with a strong story of a troubled girl who loses her mother, accidentally kills her sister while trying to defend her from her monster of a step-father and gets institutionalized. After that, it takes very strange turns. It’s a film that follows the fantasies within fantasies of a girl’s mind — almost like the dreams within dreams in”Inception.” However, this film concentrates more on action than plot and character development. Through the first hour of the movie, there couldn’t have been more than 25 lines of dialogue, and that’s being generous. We’re given characters we don’t care about because they haven’t been developed, and we’re given so many epic fight scenes that they lose the effect they could have. The whole movie was flat. Strangely, my wife really liked it. She loved the girl power theme. But it’s hard to imagine women being empowered by scantily-clad, barely legal girls who wield loads of guns and bombs.


6 responses to “Sucker Punch

  1. Really good post. I considered seeing the movie because it was a Zack Snyder film and I really enjoyed 300’s actions scenes, but I decided it wasn’t worth the $10.

    That’s the problem with the whole idea of “girl-power” – it’s not so much girl power when the girls aren’t wearing much and you can’t even call them women yet. It’s almost more like a guy’s fantasy than a girl’s.

  2. That’s what I thought. I got that feeling after watching the trailer.

  3. Saw this last night and felt the same way. I felt like the action was cool for a while but then quickly became completely unnecessary. I would have been happier with just the one brothel fantasy world and the girls overcoming that. And I felt like the “girl power” fell completely short. Sad.

    • Hey Hannah,

      Thanks for post. I think a lot of people share our views.

      By the way, what’s your blog address? When I click on your name it just brings me back to

      Thanks for reading!


  4. Nice review here Matt, I was curious about this movie. I enjoyed Watchmen but didn’t care at all for 300.

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