Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: Sucker Punch

Grade: A

One day, a young girl’s mother dies, leaving her and her sister under the control of their wicked stepfather. In an attempt to protect her sister, she accidently shoots her while trying to shoot her stepfather. He takes her to a mental institute where he makes a deal with an attendant to have her lobotomized. As a coping mechanism, Baby Doll begins to escape into an alternate reality where her and the other girls are dancers being forced to work for an evil man. When she dances, she escapes into yet another alternate reality where she and four other girls are an elite fighting squad. Together, the five girls devise an elaborate plan in order to escape the facility.

Sucker Punch is the latest movie from director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and is the first movie that he’s made based on his own original story. As much as I loved Inception, I can’t help but feel that this is what that movie could have/should have been. It does in fact involve a dream world within a dream world. Their reality is a horrible, hellish nightmare of a place in the mental asylum. The first dream world isn’t much better, but rather than being random girls in an asylum, they are dancers and stage performers who just so happen to be held captive by and evil man who makes them dance for his customers. But the second dream world is where things get interesting. It is loaded with giant demon samurai, huge fire-breathing dragons, steam powered Nazi zombies and deadly robots. It is an incredibly visually stunning movie, as are most of Snyders movies. The dream world is a beautiful place and the people that occupy it are great. Sucker Punch is almost everything I could have wanted out of a movie like this.

Emily Browning (The Uninvited, A Series of Unfortunate Events) plays the main role of Baby Doll. Browning did a really great job with this role and was a lot of fun to watch in the movie. Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Bright Star) plays Sweet Pea. She was great in the movie and really kicked some serious butt too. Jena Malone (The Messenger, The Ruins) plays the role of Rocket. Malone was very enjoyable as her character was full of optimism and spunk. Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Beastly) plays the role od Blondie. I am not usually a fan of Hudgens, in fact usually I think she’s pretty awful, but she was actually really good in this movie and quite entertaining. Jamie Chung (Grown Ups, Sorority Row) plays Amber in the movie. She did a pretty good job in the movie as well and in the Nazi zombie scene was a lot of fun. The movie also features Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, Jon Hamm and more.

If you are a fan of Zack Snyder’s other movies or simply if the premise of this movie intrigues you, I strongly recommend heading out to the theater and watching Sucker Punch. It is a fun ride of a movie and the visuals are amazing and beautiful. My only complaints that I have with this movie are that it would have been better if it were rated R (I hate PG-13 violence) and that the ending isn’t quite the “Sucker Punch” they were trying to make it out to be. The ending is still good, it’s just not great like I was hoping for. Other than that, this is a completely entertaining movie.

Great quote: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

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