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‘Sucker Punch' is multilayered fantasy

The film “Sucker Punch” has a dark storyline imbued with Zack Snyder's visual wizardry. It stars Emily Browning as Babydoll, who retreats into her mind to escape her life in an insane asylum.
BY MATTHEW PRICE Modified: March 25, 2011 at 5:25 am •  Published: March 25, 2011

It's this third level where the most action-packed scenes take place. Snyder has created worlds filled with allegorical vistas as Babydoll struggles for freedom. Fantastic in scope and brilliant in design, “Sucker Punch” showcases Snyder's cutting-edge visual style. With instruction from the Wise Man (Scott Glenn), the women turn into action heroes, battling orcs, zombies, dragons, robots and more. The strength of “Sucker Punch” is in these sequences, with amazing music and brilliant visuals. It's four fantasy shorts in one, embedded within a tragic but hopeful arc with multiple layers of meaning.

Matthew Price


“Sucker Punch”

PG-131:493 stars

Starring: Emily Browning, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Carla Gugino.

(Thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language.)