I had no idea what to expect when I started watching Sucker Punch by Zack Snyder, I knew nothing beyond that it starred a group of very attractive ladies (I admit, that did encourage me to give it a try) so it was a very pleasant surprise.
Locked away, a young woman named Babydoll (Emily Browning) retreats to a fantasy world where she is free to go wherever her mind takes her. Determined to fight for real freedom, she finds four women — Rocket, Blondie, Amber and Sweet Pea — to join together to escape the terrible fate that awaits them. With a virtual arsenal at their disposal, the allies battle everything from samurais to serpents, while trying to decide what price they will pay for survival.
As the heading says, in my opinion, this film is stylish, entertaining, and fun. That is not to say it’s perfect, there are problems with the writing, directing, and the acting, not to mention the special-effects, but Sucker Punch is still a wonderfully entertaining film that is a great way to pass an hour and forty minutes.
There are decent action sequences, which are shown in a stylish manner; they’re fun, but somehow I found them lacking. I think this is because at no time do you get a real sense of danger, they come in other parts of the film, which are much better.
Emily Browning is enthusiastic in the roll of Babydoll, and shows her talent best in the scenes at the beginning and ending of the film, where she has the best chance to show her acting range. The rest of the cast is good in their various roles, and they all handle the action sequences to the best of their abilities, but, like with Emily Browning, their acting is better when in non-action scenes.
If it wasn’t for the opening and ending scenes, and the twist that comes towards the end, I don’t think I’d be able to give this film more than 3*. If you have 100 minutes to spare and you’re looking for something lighthearted to pass the time, you won’t go far wrong with this just don’t expect too much from it.
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