Zack Snyder gets sucker punched

Sucker Punch has stunning visuals, but lacks plot

After seeing one of the most anticipated films of the year, I left a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, parts of the movie were good – the visuals – but where one element was great, other parts came up short.

There is no disputing that Zack Snyder is a visionary director, both 300 and Watchmen were evidence of that, but Sucker Punch was his first attempt at writing an original piece of work. This is where is the film sputters. While it is admirable that Snyder wrote a female-centric film, the plot – especially at its end – is incoherent.

While the acting fares better, Abbie Cornish and Scott Glenn being the best parts, the ghost-white silent lead Emily Browning and the trying-to-prove-herself-as-an-actress Vanessa Hudgens show very little expression or emotion.

I had high hopes for Superman: Man of Steel and still do. This is mainly due to the fact that Snyder is just directing the film. And he’s adapting another film for the big screen. For now, he should stick to that.

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