Zack Snyder has seemed to be a director of “stagnant creativity,” with the likes of Antoine Fuqua or Clint Eastwood. They make quality movies that everyone can enjoy, but never write their own… until now. Sucker Punch, Zack Snyder’s first attempt at an original title (Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole being his other projects, all of them adapted), ends up being a satisfying flick that opens your eyes, and really allows you to see the deceptive pieces of reality.
Sucker Punch is the story of Baby Doll (Emily Browning), an orphan sent to the Lennox House for the Criminally Insane by her evil stepfather (Gerard Plunkett). In this place, Baby Doll is introduced to many people, all of them trying to escape the hellish grasp of the owner of the house, Blue Jones (Oscar Isaac), and trying to escape in their own mind through the help of Dr. Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino). The girls are all in this place to dance for powerful people with money and provide comfort for them so Blue can make money off of their lustful spending. Through her learning to dance, Baby Doll went into herself, and found a new world of possibility, which included a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), who showed her the way to her freedom. It is up to her and her fellow wrongfully-accused to get out. Oh, and did I mention they only had 5 days to do it before Baby Doll was lobotomized by High Roller (Jon Hamm)?
Best Aspects: The visual effects are brilliant, the script and acting actually work with each other this time (color me shocked, this being a Zack Snyder movie), and the shots and editing were dynamite. The greatest aspect, though, was the AMAZING soundtrack/score by Tyler Bates, Marius De Vries, and Emily Browning (whose in the movie and actually has an amazing voice). The songs include remakes of Where is My Mind by The Pixies, and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics, so everyone will enjoy.
Bottom Line: A-. Zack Snyder’s best movie yet combines good writing with well-developed plot, spot-on acting, and an interesting ending which will make one think “what if?”