Here’s my review of Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” from KTKA-49.
With “Sucker Punch,” director Zack Snyder has taken his fetish for violence, overt sexuality and computer-generated graphics to a new level of guy-oriented fantasy.
His trademark is improbably choreographed videogame-style slo-mo imagery, but here he’s added Japanese anime, burlesque and every period of art design from the last century to the mix.
The depressingly bleak story is about five young girls forced into a mental institution where lobotomies are commonplace. They try to escape their awful reality by imagining themselves as scantily-clad warriors on an impossible mission.
‘Impossible’ means that giant samurai warriors, “Lord of the Rings” orcs, German zombies, zeppelins, bi-planes, robots and any other kind of war machine from any moment in time all inhabit the same virtual space.
The end result? Well, I can get that—and better acting—in a videogame.
It’s not that the story is bad so much as it’s downright insulting. “Sucker Punch” pretends to be about girl power, yet all the girls are running around half naked in a slave-driving brothel.
Tacking on a bunch of pretentious voice-over nonsense about angels and self-realization doesn’t get Snyder off the hook for a movie that doesn’t realize how wrongheaded, humorless and offensive it really is.