Sucker Punch (2011) – 6/10 fantasy action escape movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer (Screenplay): Zack Snyder
Writer (Screenplay): Steve Shibuya
Writer (Story): Zack Snyder
Producer: Deborah Snyder
Producer: Zack Snyder
Emily Browning: Babydoll
Abbie Cornish: Sweet Pea
Jena Malone: Rocket
Vanessa Anne Hudgens: Blondie
Jamie Chung: Amber
Carla Gugino: Dr. Vera Gorski
Oscar Isaac: Blue Jones
Jon Hamm: High Roller / Doctor
Scott Glenn: Wise Man

Sucker Punch (2011)

After being blamed for the death of her sister, Babydoll is sent to an asylum where, in five days time, she will be lobotomised. She quickly formulates the ingredients of an escape plan but doesn’t yet realise that leaving the premises isn’t the only possible release.


I suspect a second viewing may allow your mind to look past the visual candy and formulate theorums as to what this is all about but Sucker Punch‘s downfall is it’s ostentatious failure to deliver a sucker punch (unless failing to deliver a sucker punch was the sucker punch). The idea appears to have been that we would have been so distracted by the movie’s male-fantasy pretty-woman action sequences (as the brothel cast are by Babydoll’s dancing) that we would be completely unprepared for the sucker punch. But the sucker punch never hits and I’m not even sure it was thrown. The theatrical version is a tighter film but the extended cut makes it’s misandrist message clearer, has a High Roller climax that makes thematic sense and is the preferred version story-wise.

This movie contains mild swear words, bad language and graphic fantasy violence, sexual violence and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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