DVD: Sucker Punch (12)

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The Independent Culture

Zack Snyder's latest slice of action fantasy actually makes Your Highness seem less painful.

Snyder, the man responsible for the dismal, humourless Watchmen, directs this tale of an abused teenage girl, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), who has been sent to a barbaric mental asylum by her hideous stepfather. To escape her daily misery, Baby Doll imagines an alternate reality of her own making: a world of orcs, samurais and Nazis. She has four skimpily dressed beauties to help her kick bottom. Sucker Punch is a mind-bogglingly dull actioner, which lacks any decent characterisation and is shot like a hammy Meat Loaf video. Don't be sucked in.