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Sucker Punch - Movie Review

Updated on March 26, 2012

Sucker Punch A Movie Review

Sucker Punch was a mesmerizing movie with spectacular visuals with a heart at the core of the story as the central character called Baby Doll gets sent to a Mental Institute for the death of her Sister which she is blamed for as she tried to protect her against their abusive Step-Dad. Now the mental Institute is a front for the girls who are there to dance for dirty old men to get their jollies. Baby Doll often slips into her own fantasy world when she has to dance and also this provides the perfect back drop for the main characters in the story as they just want to be free of the place they are forced to work in. Baby Doll is due to be lobotomized when she first slips into her made up fantasy world.

The visual style of the Director Zak Snyder who directed 300 is apparent in this movie, but even with the special effects in the fantasy sections of the movie, what's more captivating I think is the emotional story of Baby Doll and some of the other Women characters as they attempt to follow along and break free of this forced lifestyle.

Some of the music in the film work quite well with the Bjork song and a bit of Queen thrown in for good measure to fit the atmosphere of the movie and also the emotional impact of certain scenes.

Although if you didn't know though, the original cut of the movie was heavily cut as Snyder intended the movie to be an R rated movie and so some scenes had to be cut to make the movie a more sellable PG-13 rating, but I've heard that Snyder has released a Directors cut featuring the cut scenes re-inserted such as the dance scenes which we hardly ever see for Baby Doll and other scenes totalling 18 minutes on the Blu-Ray disc edition.

The film itself didn't do too well in the box office ticket sales worldwide and the movie also recieved negative reviews from some reviewers who were expecting to see the next Oscar winning movie of a man in a wheelchair learning to come to terms with being a transvestite who is also Dyslexic and has no ears. I thought even the edited movie was good and I'll buy the Directors Cut at a later stage to see how the film differs with the extra bits added.

I thought the movie was quite good especially if you treat it like exactly what it is a movie with two levels to it but the emotional centre of the film is the most important.

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Sucker Punch film review by wayne tully.
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      wanzulfikri 6 years ago from Malaysia

      The story is really psychological based and it have some deeper messages that I find hard to comprehend

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      Allana Calhoun 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Nicely written review! Although I dispute the point that they actually did dance for the men. I believe that was part of the underlying fantasy world and then the action parts were a deeper layer of that fantasy world. The institution itself was actually real, and the director herself was a true well-meaning doctor. The dancing front was Baby Doll's way of mentally dealing with her situation while the action parts were her mind's vision of her mission and what she was doing to carry it out. In our own minds we do tend to exaggerate what we do. I liked this movie because of the different layers it had (similar to Inception) and the ending revealed how her fantasy world actually did carry out her mission in the real world. My husband, totally didn't get the whole layer thing and therefore thought it quite boring.

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      rai2722 6 years ago

      I have mixed feeling about Sucker Punch. In one side, I do love the cast and the whole action performed in the movie. But, the story is somewhat rather dull and pretty much lacking in depth. I guess it's something that suitable for young adults or teenager.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now! I was the opposite, expecting it to be something entirely different, yet it was quite good on a different level to what I was expecting, sort of a thing. I think the Directors Cut might help add something back to the original cut however though!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I thought the movie was well worth my time with the cinematography as its highest selling feature.;)

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      Keith Abt 6 years ago from The Garden State

      I really wanted to like this movie but couldn't get into it at all. After a while I felt like I was standing behind someone at an arcade, watching them play a really kick-ass video game.

      Zack Snyder did the impossible - he took a gazillion dollar action epic starring a cast of scantily clad hot girls, and somehow made it dull.