Movie Review: Sucker Punch (2011)

Posted: December 4, 2011 in Drama



Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is institutionalized against her will by her stepfather. (Gerard Plunkett) In five days she is going to be lobotomized by a doctor. (Jon Hamm)  To escape that reality, Baby Doll descends into another level of reality, where she is a hooker in a brothel, and in five days, a high rolling client will come and take Baby Doll away .  Baby Doll  is trained to dance by Vera Gorski, (Carla Guigino) who is really a therapist at the asylum, and tormented by Blue Jones, (Oscar Issac) a pimp in one reality and an orderly in another reality.  Baby Doll quickly befriends Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)  Sweet Pea’s sister Rocket (Jenna Malone) Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) A wise man Scott Glenn) tells Baby Doll that she needs five items to gain her freedom, a map, fire, a knife, a key, and a mysterious fifth element. Baby Doll descends further into her subconscious and fights battles to gain some of these items, but before she can get all of them, her plan is found out by Blue,  Baby Doll has been snitched on by Blondie.  Blue kills Rocket and Blondie and Amber, and the only survivors are Baby Doll and Sweet Pea, does Baby Doll continue with her plan?

Sucker Punch is not a bad movie.  At its core is a good story, a girl being locked up in an asylum by an evil stepfather, while this story may seem corny, is an effective way to draw the viewer in.  There are also positive messages about one person’s inner strength, working together to achieve a goal and the strength in girlpower.  But sadly, there are parts of the story that detract from these positive aspects of the story.  Please don’t make the girls hookers, that is the most overused cliché in Hollywood.  The girls have to dance in order to distract the men who run the asylum and put their plan into effect.  What kind of message is that to send to the teenage girls who are watching this movie?  Not the right one, that’s for sure.  And don’t name your characters Baby Doll and Sweet Pea, that’s demeaning. Also there was too much CGI, and some of it looked like a video game, and the CGI truly becomes a distraction from the serious nature of the film.  But I liked the acting, especially by Browning, Cornish and Guigino, and the ending was well-done, Hollywood finally got an ending right.  The movie was also highly stylized and visually arresting, while that didn’t really work in Watchman, I enjoyed Zach Snyder’s visuals in 300, and they work here as well.

Sucker Punch.  Hurts so good.


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