Monday, 22 August 2011

Sucker Punch: Blu Ray Review

Sucker Punch: Blu Ray Review

Sucker Punch
Rating: M
Released by Warner Home Video

Set in the 1960s, Sucker Punch is the story of Babydoll (an innocent Emily Browning) who, framed for the murder of her sister, is committed to a lunatic asylum by her murderous father.

With five days to go before she gets a life-changing lobotomy, Babydoll retreats into a fantasy world to try and plan an escape from a fate worse than death.

Sucker Punch is an incredible film in many ways.

Incredibly frustrating, incredibly inventive and incredibly visual, it's easy to see why it doesn't quite make it.

It's stylish and astounding in spades (and the opening sequence which shows how Babydoll is committed is one of the best visually impressive scenes I've ever clapped eyes on) but narratively, it's not quite there and instead feels like a series of CGI sequences and some mightily impressive music videos.

Don't get me wrong - there are parts of this film that made my inner geek squeal with delight (impressive slow mo fight scenes, shots of 10 foot samurai warriors with red eyes being cut down by Browning's petite frame, dragons and planes, World War trenches with steampunk Nazis, an awesome OST) but therein lies some of the problem of Sucker Punch.

A film with a series of great moments strung together by some disappointing plot does not alone an outstanding movie make.

Visually amazing, thematically a little weak, Sucker Punch remains an intriguingly stylish watch.

Extras: Animated shorts, prequel pieces, behind the soundtrack - a so so bunch

Rating: 6/10 

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