Sucker Punch (2011)

Feature Film | Fantasy | USA/Canada | English | 1h50m
Dir: Zack Snyder | Scr: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya | Story: Zack Snyder | Ph: Larry Fong | Prod: Deborah Snyder & Zack Snyder | Mus: Tyler Bates & Marius De Vries | Ed: William Hoy | PD: Rick Carter | AD: Stefan Dechant & Grant Van Der Slagt | Snd: Scott Hecker | Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, Richard Cetrone, Gerard Plunkett, Malcolm Scott

Having been committed to a mental institution after accidentally killing her younger sister whilst attempting to save her from her sexually abusive stepfather’s predatory advances, a 20-year-old woman retreats into a fantasy world in which she is forcibly inducted into a clandestine brothel, from which she attempts to escape with four fellow inmates. Fantasies within fantasies follow, bringing forth plenty of adventures, explosions, and kinkily-clad young women, in Snyder’s disappointingly regressive fifth feature.  Overpowering (and oft unconvincing) CGI, thin characterisation, and ostentatious direction combine to nauseatingly silly effect.