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Sucker Punch

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Jeff Nelson

Sucker Punch is an exciting action film that you won't want to miss.

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Spring is officially here and summer isn't too far off. All moviegoers knows what this means. Blockbuster after blockbuster will be released one after the other. Zack Snyder has become well known for his visual style. It's not very difficult to pick the visuals of a Snyder movie from others. He's a director that has a unique vision with how he brings the movie to the big screen. Before I knew much about the film, Sucker Punch was a movie I knew needed to be seen on the big screen.

A young girl is institutionalized by her cruel stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a way to cope, she envisions a plan to help her escape from the facility. The plot isn't very sophisticated, but it does the job. The dialogue written is suitable and doesn't try to be anything it's not. However, from the moment the movie starts, it's relentless. There isn't one boring scene that occurs. Whether it's dialogue or an intense battle scene, it's inevitable that the viewer will be pulled in. Look back at the action genre and find what the general role of women is. Helpless victims. This isn't the case here as each one is empowered and fights for freedom. There have been so many action films over the past year that contained disappointing action sequences. Sucker Punch is satisfying, to say the least. The film is extremely fast paced and doesn't let up until the final credits are rolling.

The leading role could have been made or broken at the stage of casting. Emily Browning nails the role of Baby Doll. Not only does she have the perfect look, but she does a fine job giving the character life. The rest of the girls supporting Baby Doll are played by Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung. While there are no groundbreaking performances here, all of the characters are pulled off. After all is said and done, it's rather clear that Emily Browning delivers the strongest performance of the bunch.

Director Zach Snyder's department is with visuals. He doesn't limit himself here. The fantasy world created by Baby Doll is very well created. It has an artistic feel to it since each time she drifts into this, the setting changes. The action sequences look great all around. Snyder's love for slow motion was previously expressed through 300. This shooting style is effective and works to the advantage of Sucker Punch. The editing flows well from scene to scene. The transitions between reality and Baby Doll's visions are excellent. The visuals are simply breathtaking. Zack Snyder delivers in this department yet again.

I don't understand some of the hate expressed about Sucker Punch. I found it to be an engaging roller coaster with phenomenal visuals and captivating soundtrack. Despite walking into this with expectations, I walked out satisfied. Those looking for absorbing battle sequences will be pleased with the film. If you remain interested in the film, make sure to see it on the big screen. This is the type of movie that will offer its viewers an experience they cannot have in their own home. Even though there are problems with the film here and there, Sucker Punch is an exciting action film that you won't want to miss.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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