The trailers for Sucker Punch make it obvious that this is another movie from director Zack Snyder, who successfully adapted tricky graphic novels like 300 and Watchmen to the big screen. His distinctive comic-book style (filled with slow-motion action and quick-moving cameras) perfectly suited the complex storytelling and imaginative artwork of those two beloved epics. With a similar style, Snyder now brings us an original story that he co-wrote.

He should probably stick to directing.

Sucker Punch begins with the back-story of a 20-year-old woman nicknamed Baby Doll (Emily Browning). Typical of other Snyder movies, it's a very stylish prologue that quickly sets the stage without any dialogue. Upon the death of her mother, her wicked stepfather attempts to abuse her and her sister, enraged that they are the beneficiaries of their mother's inheritance. Tragedy ensues and Baby Doll is sent to a mental asylum, scheduled for a lobotomy in five days.

At Lennox House, Baby Doll and other troubled girls are subjected to the unorthodox treatment of Dr. Gorski (Carla Gugino), performing their emotions and fears onstage like actors. Befriending four other inmates, Baby Doll retreats to her own fantasy world in order to escape the harsh realities of her predicament and devises a plan for her and the others to escape. She learns from an imaginary wise man (Scott Glenn) that she will need five objects to escape: a map, fire, a knife, a key, and some sort of "perfect sacrifice" that only she will be able to provide.

From there, Sucker Punch jumps off the tracks, blurring together fantasy and reality in a way that's incomprehensible. This movie isn't simply Dorothy choosing to alternate between Kansas and Oz.

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Sucker Punch
Our Rating
2 Stars - Fair
Average Rating
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language)
Directed By
Zack Snyder
Run Time
1 hour 50 minutes
Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish
Theatre Release
March 25, 2011 by Warner Bros.
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