Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sucker Punch

Starring Emily Browning, Oscar Issac, Carla Gugino, and Jon Hamm

Directed by Zack Snyder

Release Date: March 25th, 2011

Despite what you've read from other critics, Sucker Punch is not the complete mess others have claimed. However, there are a few minor details to discuss. Now, onto the plot!
Plot: A girl known as Baby Doll (Browning) is forced against her will into an insane asylum and has only five days before a doctor (Hamm) gives her a lobotomy. Therefore, it's up to Baby Doll to find a world within her mind and come up with a battle plan to leave the nightmare behind....
First of all, this is nowhere near as well written as INCEPTION. The major problem is that Snyder, as co-writer, has no ear for dialogue. Half the conversations in the film, and some of the more clunky philosophical bits, are poorly executed and just come off as cheesy. Also, the casting of Oscar Issac as Blue the manager/nurse was a bad decision on the part of the casting director. Blue is meant to be an imposing character, a man the girls fear as he has the key to their freedom and is a ruthless and menacing monster. Unfortunately, Issac does not possess the presence nor the style to pull off a fearsome or meancing antagonist. Near the third act, he describes himself as a little boy playing in the sandbox and that perfectly describes the affect his portrayal had on me, the audience: a little boy playing big boy.

That being said, the movie is a ton of fun. The dream sequences, from snowy Samurai battles to a futuristic chase on a train with robots, are a sight to behold and I fully praise the art direction and CGI team for the film. As people are well aware, Zack Snyder is a visual oriented director and you can certain feel his love and care for how beautifully stunning the film is. If nothing else, Snyder can be proud of how wonderful the movie plays its' action sequences.

Rating: * * * 1/2 of 5

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