Sucker Punch (2011)

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A young girl who accidentally kills her sister in an attempt to save her from her evil stepfather is committed to a mental institution and within creates a fantasy world in which she is a heavily armed superhero.

If Inception had been made by Hugh Hefner instead of Christopher Nolan, Sucker Punch would have been the result. The combination of comic strip violence, computer generated visuals and the “Boss Fight” format is very reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim but the best way to describe this film is it’s like someone downloaded a bunch of video game cut scenes from Wolfenstein and Devil May Cry and inter-cut them with Coyote Ugly. The major issue with Sucker Punch is that the scenes in between the set pieces that are set in the strip joint which are supposedly providing the narrative and characterisation are fatuous and dull and the layered aspect to the story just doesn’t hang together.

It’s not quite as bad as the likes of Ultraviolet and some may find it worth watching for the spectacular visuals, but it most certainly will not stand up to repeated viewing.

5/10

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