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Sucker Punch: Movie Review

"Inception" was one of the most celebrated films last year. The film tackled the power of the mind and dreams in a way never heard or seen before. "Sucker Punch", on paper, is the evil bad-ass brother of "Inception". "Sucker Punch" features a young woman trapped in a mental hospital who imagines her escape using visuals produced by her own mind. Whereas "Inception" was able to feature a folding city (boring right?), "Sucker Punch" brings in giant samurai warriors, a fire-breathing dragon, sleek robots, and steam punk Nazis all-in-one box. what's scary though is that it seems like "Sucker Punch" is more flash than anything else and we all know how those movies tend to suck. Read on to find out what we think of "Sucker Punch"

Baby Doll (Emily Browning) has been locked up against her will at a mental hospital when her step-father sends her there to prevent her from revealing the truth. Determined to fight for her freedom, Baby Doll convinces four other girls to join her cause of getting four key items in which they will use for escape. The items are a map, fire, a knife and a key. An unknown fifth item needs to be discovered by Baby Doll herself. The five girls embark on a fantasy-filled adventure riding on Baby Doll's unique ability to vividly imagine different worlds.

"Sucker Punch" suffers for the most part because it is a one-sided affair. "Sucker Punch" makes you feel that it is biased towards a certain gender. The boys will definitely love it for the game-like action, visuals and of course, lest we forget, the babes. The females might hate it for the same exact reasons mentioned above. Worse, the film feels like a mish-mash of ideas that lacks any creativity or vision. Honestly speaking, the first half feels repetitive and uninspired and the main driver of the plot (Baby Doll's ability to imagine while dirty dancing) is a bitter pill to swallow. What saves "Sucker Punch" from utter disaster is the twist near the end and truly brings to light its slogan, "You will be unprepared". It was also a catch-all to all the loopholes we encountered during the first half - hopefully it was explicitly designed this way and if not, Zack Snyder was surely lucky. "Sucker Punch" features visuals that rivals any movie out there. It has a unique vision only seen from films made by Snyder himself. Unfortunately, it lacks polish in some key areas. Thread lightly as it is literally a love-or-hate affair due to its unusual nature or else you just might feel you have been sucker punched the wrong way.

Rating: 2 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the epic visuals will barrage you from start to finish
- an awesome twist near the end saves the film from complete failure

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film feels like a convoluted mess of ideas that never jive together
- the first part was repetitive and lacked creativity
- the acting should have been way better
- this film is more of a one-sided affair (for the boys)

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