Sucker Punch is a 2011 American action-fantasy film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung. The film follows the story of Babydoll (Browning), a young woman who is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather and subsequently enters a fantasy world in her imagination as a means of coping with her traumatic experiences.
The fantasy world is a visually stunning alternate reality where Babydoll and a group of fellow inmates are warriors battling various enemies in order to obtain items that will help them escape from the institution. The film features several action-packed sequences set to a contemporary soundtrack, with themes of empowerment and female solidarity running throughout.
Upon its release, Sucker Punch received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the film’s visual style and action sequences while others criticized its narrative coherence and perceived objectification of its female characters. Despite its mixed reception, the film has since gained a cult following among fans of Snyder’s work and fans of action-fantasy films in general.
Duration: 110 min.