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Film Review: “Sucker Punch”

Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 28th, 2011


Director Zack Snyder makes movies directly for fan-boys —the modern day version of a Roman coliseum crowd.  His action- adventure- illusionist films, 300(2006) and Watchman (2009) rely heavily on CGI and have grossed domestically over $300 million. With his latest film, Snyder has developed his first original story. It’s story design based not on Aristotle but on video games and ballsy visuals.  With scantily clad hot babes imprisoned in a mental hospital dancing for their pimps.  Things kick into high gear, however, when Babydoll (Emily Browning) shows up conjuring fantasies of dragons, and evil mothers of every stripe and persuasion. Rather than face this harsh reality, Babydoll plunges into her own imagination, upgrading the maximum-security mental hospital to a high-end whore house where she and her fellow inmates (Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung, playing nymphets with names like Sweet Pea and Rocket) are forced to dance for an assortment of ugly mothers.  There is a visual style here that in three and four minute intervals will be like nothing else you’ve ever seen before. Nevertheless, it’s 110 minutes of nonsense that is much more like playing a videogame than watching a movie. Enter at your own risk and prepare to be entertained like your thirteen years old again.


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