feature: Sucker Punch (2011)


Sucker Punch Poster Baby doll Emily BrowningI kinda get the impression that Zack Snyder’s one of those directors that some critics love to hate. He’s divisive. I had a look over on Metacritic and all his films got scores in the 50s from the critics… Yet they all got over 7 in the user ratings. The people like him. I like him.

I’ve seen all his movies bar one – Legends the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, it has to be said, that’s one ridiculous title – and I really enjoyed them. I think my favourite of them was Watchmen (review) but 300 was good fun and Dawn of the Dead was one of those rare horror remakes that actually held it’s own with the original. Some even say it’s better.

Interesting, I’ve just suddenly realised that the opening scenes of both Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead were fantastic (can’t remember 300’s)… I wonder what we’re in store for with Sucker Punch.

Oh yeah, Sucker Punch. That’s what I’m meant to be talking about.

When I saw the first Sucker Punch trailer back in July 2010 I thought “Holy crap, looks like that film’s got everything but the kitchen sink in it” (I really did, you can check the facebook page). Subsequent trailers and posters have not changed that view. This film look mental. Fitting given that our lead character is apparently in a mental institution.

I’m not entirely sure what the film is about because, as per usual with films I’m looking forward to, I have been avoiding reading too much about it. I gather that we’re (possibly) in this girl Babydoll’s imagination? And she and her friends have to go on a quest for her to escape this institution they’ve been locked up in? Something along those lines? I don’t know.

It doesn’t matter anyway. It looks crazy and here at Average Film Reviews we’re big fans of crazy. So have a look at the trailers below and let me know what you think. Looks exciting right? It’s promising a lot so let’s hope Mr. Snyder can deliver.

Sucker Punch is due to release in Ireland and the UK of 1st April 2011.


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    MunirMarch 4, 2011 - 8:21 am

    Interesting factoid: Babydoll is played by Emily Browning. The last mainstream film most people will have seen her in was in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as the brunette gothic-enfashioned female lead, Violet.

    Speaking as a dude, she looks fantastic as a blonde. 🙂

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    RodneyMarch 9, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Yeah, I’m soooo looking forward to SuckerPunch. I have enjoyed each and every one of Snyder’s films (even the Owl one, which I thought looked stunning) and cannot wait to wrap my eyeballs around this beast!!!

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