I don't think it is the plot that dooms SUCKER PUNCH to mediocrity, the premise is simple enough and if you have ever played a video game should be all too familiar, it's a classic "find items to accomplish your quest" adventure story and while it is not exactly a fresh premise it is definitely one that can be molded into a unique and great story. The way Snyder attempted to make it unique is in the alternate realities of the man character, it is kind of a hyper-violent "steampunk" WIZRD OF OZ and while that idea probably sounded awesome on paper it didn't quite transfer over to the final product.
The story went wrong is it went too deep into Baby Doll's (Emily Browning) dreamscape and used it as a crutch to try to prop the rest of the film around it. It is the victim of it's own stimulating visual success and every other aspect of SUCKER PUNCH takes a back seat to the slo-mo, the fight scenes, high fantasy and the ass-kicking babes leaving only an incredible basic plot for the audience follow. The bare bones were in place but nobody took the time to flesh it out, don't expect much in the way of character development either.
If there is one thing SUCKER PUNCH does knock out of the park though it is the fight scenes. They are pretty ridiculous (That Gatling gun samurai robot from the trailers is only the beginning, there be dragons!) but the girls aren't powderpuffs and they fairly convincingly pass as action stars, cute action stars none-the-less. The choreography is expertly done and it feels very much like you are watching a kickass steampunk martial arts flick on more than one occasion. If what draws you into watching SUCKER PUNCH is cute chicks in skimpy clothes (I'm not above it either, don't worry) then you'll stay for the fight scenes that rival the young actresses in beauty.
One of the things SUCKER PUNCH dropped the ball on was the transitions between realities. If I was following correctly there were three of these realities being juggled throughout the film, the real world of the asylum, a high class brothel and a dreamscape full of all kinds of what-the-f*ckery and SUCKER PUNCH jumps from one to the other but in incohesive ways and just when one reality is getting it's groove you are whisked away and transplanted in one of the other two and it is a major momentum killer.
SUCKER PUNCH has gotten a lot of hate and mixed reviews but you should admire Zack Snyder finally having a shot and balls to make an completely original and uniquely visual film. These types of pet projects don't always work out, but talented filmmakers like Snyder should never stop trying.
There are two cuts of SUCKER PUNCH included on this release, the theatrical and the extended cut which clocks in at an extra 17-minutes.
Bonus disc featuring a Digital Copy of the film.
SUCKER PUNCH: Animated Shorts:A few motion comments that add a little back story to the dreamscape sequences, an overall cool addition.
Behind the Soundtrack: A short featurette on the music featuring Snyder and others.
Extended Cut: Maximum Movie Mode: I love this feature, it was great with WATCHMEN and it is welcomed on SUCKER PUNCH. Zack Snyder goes into detail about every aspect of the film, he is a wealth of knowledge. I am a sucker for DVD commentaries and Maximum Movie Mode is kind of like that, but on steroids.
Everything else aside SUCKER PUNCH has Carla Gugino sporting a ridiculously sexy accent and that is something we can all get behind.