SUCKER PUNCH is one of the most visually stunning, yet convoluted mess of a movie that you will ever see. The storyline is simply all over the place and just plain downright bizarre. And this is such a shame because this film has a few fantastic sequences that are simply awesome.

Supposedly, a young woman finds herself captive in an asylum as a consequence of having to endure an abusive relationship with her stepfather. While facing a lobotomy, she retreats into a fantasy world in which she and her fellow inmate friends are on a quest for several items to escape. That’s the supposed plot. But, what actually happens almost requires a tour guide to figure out. So much of the scenes take place in what looks like a ballet school rather than an asylum. And that’s largely what’s wrong with this movie. Just what in heck are we watching here, anyway?

But, let’s focus on what’s right with this movie instead. The casting is excellent with some of the most surreal characters that you’re ever see in a film that plays outside of an arthouse. And the fantasy segments are simply stunning. A segment where Baby Doll battles neoWWI German undead soldiers complete with zeppelins and trench warfare is simply awesome. Other segments where the girls battle a dragon and other segments are simply awesome as well. SUCKER PUNCH should have been just this movie. A great epic action film. Instead, what we have here is a strange mix between a pseudo-arthouse film with surreal personalities combined with a few of the greatest visual action scenes I’ve ever seen. The result is an uneven brew that’s just not nearly as satisfying as it could have been. SUCKER PUNCH had such great potential, but simply fell miles short in the end. And that’s really deeply sad. It’s so good at moments.

The Bottom Line: What a disappointment this film is. It’s so great one moment, but utterly confusing the very next moment. It’s such a mix of uneven elements that it takes the patience of a saint to tolerate it at times. SUCKER PUNCH could have been a classic. Instead it ended up strange and a major league letdown. ++1/2(Two and half stars. Certainly less than good overall, yet the film has some excellent moments worth enjoying that are visually some of the most amazing I’ve seen. Too uneven to fully enjoy. Yet, so good at times).

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  • Paul Hooson, to me it sounds like you didn’t understand the film at all. Don’t pass comment on something you don’t understand, if you need this film explaining to you then you will never understand it. When i first watched the trailer for this i didn’t think it looked that good. How wrong was i??? This is an awesome film, take no notice of the critics reviews cos in my opinion they don’t know s**t! Critics always seem to slate good films and rate the crap films. Sucker punch is quite simply a breath of fresh air into the film world, it is unlike any other film you have seen and will probably blow your mind. If you are a film critic reading this then i will tell you this—— 1. you don’t know s**t about s**t 2. get a real job not just slating peoples hard work 3. you ain’t got a clue what the public really like and 4. you still don’t know s**t about s**t. I*m just a regular guy but i’m fed up with “critics” telling us whats good and whats not, films are to each individuals tastes so in my opinion take no notice of what the critics say, if you like the trailer for a film watch it F**K the critics!