SUCKER PUCNH (2011), directed by Zack Snyder, is a film that comes at you in waves; you will find yourself engaged for several minutes at a time before catching yourself, realizing the dream-within-dream action sequences have all the depth of an E for Everyone action. At time the action is beautiful, with genuine moments of suspense, but the film’s artistic strengths are better demonstrated in the brothel scenes.
SUCKER PUNCH includes Snyder’s trademark obsessions with slow-motion, computer generated backgrounds, and roughly 20 minutes of unnecessary footage.
For all of the film’s faults, it is certainly passable entertainment. Outside of beyond cheesy and borderline gibberish voice over during the closing moments, it remains on the right sides of the fantasy and action genres. Emily Browning is as talented as she is beautiful, and the supporting girls (Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung) play their parts well. Oscar Isaac makes Blue Jones a much more menacing villain than he appears on paper, in all realities.
If you have a big, HD TV screen (and more importantly, nothing better to do) I’d recommend SUCKER PUNCH. 5.5/10.