It all started with the death of a mother…
From the mind of Zack Snyder, the director who has also brought us Watchmen and 300, the action-fantasy thriller Sucker Punch is one that truly plays with your mind in the same stunning visual style we’ve seen in Snyder’s previous films.
A young woman (Emily Browning) is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather after a series of unfortunate events (sorry! I couldn’t help myself) resulting from the death of her mother. Upon her institutionalization in a mental facility, we discover her intriguing coping mechanism in the form of a quite enthralling alternate reality.
Chalk full of some very well-known names in Hollywood – including Jenna Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung as Browning’s fellow inmates, as well as veteran actors Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, and Scott Glenn – we follow one girl’s clashing reality and fantasy as she fights to break from her imprisonment.
In true “Zack Snyder” trademark, Sucker Punch utilizes the dynamic compositions, highly saturated color schemes, and speed-up/slow-down action and fight sequences that make the film all the more interesting. Mixed with what some viewers would consider an excellent soundtrack, Sucker Punch was far better than expected.
Towards the end of the film there are some twists and turns that were not foreseen, but of course, they will not be given away here. From a semi-feminist perspective, it was awesome to see women kicking some major ass and fighting back for a change in a film. Carla Gugino’s accent in the film as Vera Gorski, while still unsure why it was needed in the first place, was a fairly believable accent.
The quick changes from one alternate reality to (spoiler!) another can be hard to keep up with at times, however, it is part of what keeps the movie going. Sucker Punch may be a hit or miss amongst various audiences, but worth a shot, especially (but not limited to) fans of Zack Snyder’s previous films.
If there is nothing else that you take away from the film, one line of advice:
You have all the weapons you need, now fight!