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Sucker Punch

9 August, 2011

This film took a daring approach to story telling and (unlike The Fountain) the multi-level approach adds a rich complexity and aids the telling of the story. The idea that we posses everything we need to see us through troubled situations, if we know how to tell ourselves the right story about who we are, is sound psychologically. There is a type of psychotherapy based on this theory, Narrative Therapy, and the movie (though on the fictional edge of the theory) plays the idea out well.

The action is fast paced and, although the running time is over the traditional 90 minutes action films general stay within, the breakneck speed never gives the viewer’s mind a chance to wander. The brief stints back in the “real” world give a beat for the mind to catch-up with the plot and absorb the emotional impact of what it has seen.

In the final analysis the film is tightly written and cuts to the heart of what it means to be a human being in crisis.

The downside to the film is though its avant-garde nature and fantastic elements are essential to telling the story they also limit the film’s potential audience. Add to this the difficulty of being both an action film and a cerebral story and the film finds its niche audience very small. This is reflected in it’s negative reviews by other Netflix renters and Rotten Tomatoes polling. If you were a fan of Blade Runner, however, you are the target audience, enjoy!

3/5 Electronic Sheep

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