Sucker Punch

2011

Sucker Punch (2011)

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Critic Consensus: It's technically impressive and loaded with eye-catching images, but without characters or a plot to support them, all of Sucker Punch's visual thrills are for naught.

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"Sucker Punch" is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls-the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung)-to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac) and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller (Jon Hamm) comes for Babydoll. Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey-if they succeed-will set them free.. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Cast

Abbie Cornish
as Sweet Pea
Jon Hamm
as High Roller/Doctor
Carla Gugino
as Madam Gorski
Scott Glenn
as Wise Man
Gerard Plunkett
as Stepfather
Malcom Scott
as The Cook
Kelora Clingwell
as Babydoll's Mother
Frederique De Raucourt
as Babydoll's Sister
Eli Snyder
as Tommy Soldier #1
Cainan Wiebe
as Tommy Soldier #2
Danny Bristol
as Tommy Soldier #3
John R. Taylor
as Grim Doctor
Chris Nowland
as Cemetary Cop
Gina Garenkooper
as Bitter Nurse
Revard Dufresne
as Big Boss Thug/Orderly #3
Monique Ganderton
as Lobotomy Nurse/High Roller Girl #1
Lee Tomaschefski
as Lobotomy Nurse/High Roller Girl #2
Brad Kelly
as Guard/Chauffer #1
Peter Bryant
as Guard/Chauffer #2
Christine Willes
as Reception Nurse/Designer
Michael D. Adamthwaite
as State Trooper #1
Phillip Mitchell
as State Trooper #2
Ian Tracey
as Police Officer #1
Sean Campbell
as Police Officer #2
Annie Au
as Dancer
Tia Haraga
as Dancer
Jeff Dimitriou
as "Emilio" Gangster Dancer
John Howard
as Band Member #1
Thomas Fornataro
as Band Member #2
G! Force
as Band Member #4
Nii Nortey Engmann
as Band Member #5
Gary A. Hecker
as Creature Voices
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Critic Reviews for Sucker Punch

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (35)

Gun-toting hotties combat assorted villains and their robot henchmen in this tawdry, repellent action fantasy.

Dec 6, 2011 | Full Review…

Snyder likes to think that his Russian nesting doll of a concept is enough to excuse its hollow center.

Jun 29, 2011 | Full Review…
Film.com
Top Critic

The movie spins out of control, until it collapses in a heap, senseless.

Apr 11, 2011 | Full Review…

Snyder pulverises our senses with derivative digital images and obvious musical choices. But his failure to delineate the levels of 'reality' is confusing and self-defeating.

Mar 30, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie isn't bad in the way some incompetently made movies are bad; this is bad because there's much skill evident in a pointless endeavor.

Mar 27, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A series of extravagant computer-generated adventure scenarios linked by grim mental hospital plot, Sucker Punch represents a particularly ambitious exercise in tedium.

Mar 25, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sucker Punch

omg i kin jus lookit dis and tell its kickass, right? like smart, sexy, mysterious girls with a past who also know how to knee a pervert in the crotch and then turn to the camera and be like, "i told him, dont fuk wit dis bitch before she gets her egg mcmuffin!" hahahaha lolz jk but not really cuz itzz funny az fuk lol. bitch izz bad yo. i wuddint be fuxxin wit hurrr...

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Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

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The hyperstylized visuals are spectacular and a total delight, but they are not enough to make up for an empty plot that is almost unengaging, and the idea of mixing wuxia, war movies, Nazi zombies and robots is indeed curious but not sufficient to be worth our attention.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

After reading a handful of reviews in the morning I plopped down into my theater seat with about maybe a dozen other males. Yep the target audience via the trailers but I think after several viewings of this people may think twice about the ridiculously low scores, reviews, ratings they are giving this movie. So for two hours I was treated or tortured by Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. First off it is Zack Snyder, If you have seen 300, Watchmen or Legend of the Guardians you know what I mean, cue the slo-mo. Also on the bad, if the idea was to take theater speakers and break them with a classic rock soundtrack on steroids, mission successful. At moments I have to admit I felt like I was watching a two hour music video. But I kept watching and while I was expecting a incoherent jumble of a plot I got well a incoherent jumble of apblot that was subtle and nuanced. The reviews you are going to read are going to say this was just a Maxim eye candy fest or some other nonsense about the women being dressed skimpy and that is that. That is not it. The movie is about them fighting for their survival. The plot I admit if one doesn)t pay attention is hard to grasp at times but I kept watching for the little bits of this or that, that brought the movie together for me. I feel many other viewers will be overblown by the movies over the top action. And it is indeed over the top action at its finest. The action sequences in this movie are some of the best ive seen in a long time. There is no doubt that Snyder can film action. The movie has a very stylized look to it just like 300 and Watchmen. You can tell this is a Snyder film. Many reviews will talk about the comic book feel the bad dialogue etc. For Snyder this is his first film based on his own material and it shows. The acting when they talk is not the best, but to me the actors seemed more like chess pieces being moved around the board to the end. I did not really need much talk. The movie did a good job of telling itself to me. Sitting here trying to put this into words, if 300 was about good looking men destroying the enemy, well Sucker Punch is all about good looking women laying it all on the line for their survival and kicking ass along the way.

John Manard
John Manard

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