Film Screening 2nd June, 2011

Poster for Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch 

8:00 PM, 2nd June, 2011

  • M
  • 109 mins
  • 2011
  • Zack Snyder
  • Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
  • Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens

Director Zack Snyder brings us his latest movie, Sucker Punch, for our viewing pleasure. The man that gave us (the surprisingly good remake of) Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen, finally comes out with an all-original movie. Sucker Punch follows a group of girls in an insane asylum entering a fantastical world of imagination and warfare as a coping mechanism. Perhaps it could be branded as a modern day take on Alice in Wonderland.

Sure enough, with Snyder behind the reigns, the movie promises to be visually stunning (albeit fantastical), wonderfully violent, and have that element of action that he brings to the screen so well. It's comforting to see an all-original production from this man, as all his previous entries have been re-makes or adaptations of already established material. The man can create beautiful universes with rich stories, and now it's time to see him put to practice his skills on something fresh.

It's also worth seeing to support local flavours Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish, who play two of the lead roles in this all-girl action affair. Interestingly, due to the premise of the movie, Snyder has been able to present an element of action and violence that breaches normal convention, but still maintains to ground it in reality thanks to the fantastical setting of the film. While the girls are running around machine gunning and fighting, it's plausible (hello, suspension of disbelief!) within the film's context to see the girls engaging with mythical beasts and perform acts that would defy normal conventions. Perhaps the strangest of all his works to date, Snyder's Sucker Punch is one not to be missed.

Stephen Gillies