Punching above its weight
SUCKER PUNCH (12A)
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.