Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch is unlike anything you will have ever seen before. Despite similarities to Inception, Kill Bill, Alice in Wonderland and about a dozen other action movies it truly is a new type of story. Snyder tells a serious story of a girl dealing with her own mind in a way of accepting her fate through dark scenarios and epic battle scenes. The cinematography is great and the story is put together with thought.
The film opens with a brilliant sequence portraying the protagonist’s situation. Her mother has died and she and her younger sister are left in the care of another man. The stepfather comes close to abusing the daughters, but the protagonist fights back, however, in the confusion her little sister dies. The protagonist is than sent to a mental institution and is arranged to be lobotomized in five days time.
Each of these sequences allow for Snyder and his team to display the special effects they are known for from such movies as 300 and Watchmen. The effects are great and certain sequences really made me wish I could’ve seen this movie in IMAX. The direction by Zach Snyder is great. He captures the large battle scenes with terrific imagery, and each of the levels of her imagination contains a different sort of color contrast on screen. Snyder is also great at scenes contained in a smaller environment, focusing on aspects such as a spinning button on the floor or a smashed light. He also directed a magnificent opening scene, which despite the lack of dialogue, is very powerful.
Sucker Punch is definitely Zach Snyder’s best film yet, while it does have some problems, it maintains a high quality of film making. That being said, it still isn’t a movie for everyone. It discusses serious themes through the gray interpretation of the world, but most of the film is set in the fantastical worlds of Baby Doll’s imagination, making nothing impossible. Some of the scenes won’t be for everybody, but this is a movie worth seeing, especially in theaters.