Punch­ing above its weight


Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Emily Brown­ing, Ab­bie Cor­nish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hud­gens, Jamie Chung, Scott Glenn.

DI­REC­TOR Zack Sny­der’s ac­tion ad­ven­ture Sucker Punch is more of a gen­tle poke in the ribs that ren­ders us dazed and thor­oughly be­mused. Sny­der and co-writer Steve Shibuya gorge our senses with vi­sions of dragons, gar­gan­tuan samu­rais and re­an­i­mated zom­bie sol­diers, but they also starve our brains with a flimsy, non­sen­si­cal tale of re­al­ity ver­sus fan­tasy. Baby­doll (Brown­ing) is locked up at the Len­nox House For The Men­tally In­sane by her cruel step­fa­ther who wants the young woman lobotomised so he can get his hands on the fam­ily for­tune. Baby­doll seeks refuge in her dreams and fel­low in­mates Sweet Pea (Cor­nish), Rocket (Malone), Blondie (Hud­gens) and Am­ber (Chung) are slowly drawn into Baby­doll’s al­ter­nate uni­verse, where they hatch a dar­ing es­cape plan. The ram­shackle plot is merely a hook for the di­rec­tor’s bag of dig­i­tal tricks, pro­mot­ing a mes­sage of fe­male em­pow­er­ment – so long as the heroines achieve their free­dom in their un­der­wear. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

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