Sucker Punch- Review
Sucker Punch did exactly that; It suckered me in and then punched me square in the jaw. Obviously that is not a good thing. Without giving too much of the plot away, I will say this. Sucker Punch played like a story within a story within a story. Wait… Didn’t we all see that movie last year? And didn’t we actually like it? And that movie didn’t need scantily-clad vixens without talent shooting monsters to prove it was a good movie… Just good ol’ Leo showing us all what Inception could do to our minds.
Back to Sucker Punch. More like Sour Punch because it left a sour taste in my mouth. Don’t get me wrong; I love half dressed girls with guns as much as the next girl but I also appreciate substance, something that this movie lacked a lot of. The plot? Escape an insane asylum, no wait… a brothel, no wait… zombie Nazis, fire breathing dragons, orcs from Lord of the Rings, iron giant samurais, and I, Robots… Did I miss something?
BabyDoll (Emily Browning) had about 10 lines in the entire movie which I think saved her from humiliation. Her action scenes were sexy but her character had no emotions except for her eyes. Her eyes told her entire story which is why I think she was probably the best for the role. She was a pretty face and she didn’t have to say much. In the movie, a monk/wise man (Scott Glenn) hands her a weapon and says “You need five things so that you can escape.” He names 4 of the items and says the last one would be a “mystery”. I wonder what that is? Hmmm…. After being slapped around awhile by the “iron giant samurais”, she is immediately “matrixed” in with information on how to wield a sword and how to hold a gun (sarcasm folks) and eliminates her first opponents and subsequent opponents.
Rocket (Jena Malone) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) carried most of the character in the whole movie. Without them and Dr. Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino) the movie would have fell completely flat and that is not saying much. Jena Malone, in my honest opinion, was the best actress in the entire film. She did a brilliant job playing her role and her action scenes seemed raw and intense compared to Cornish and Browning’s scenes which felt forced and uncomfortable. Everyone else in the movie had no character and no backstory. I didn’t have a reason to care for them.
Overall, the outer story of the movie, the one in which the girls kick-ass in, is obviously the most beautiful of all. Sure it was haunting; one world was a Buddhist temple in the mountains covered in snow, another was a city off the planet that resembled Saturn, and I can’t forget the steampunk-ish world of the zombie Nazis which was my personal favorite. The inner stories of the movie were both dark and dismal, dirty places. And it was a chilling place to imagine beautiful girls to be in.
There were a lot of slow parts in the movie where I felt like I was looking around to often and thinking ahead of the girls, which I don’t like to do in movies because I like to think that the people in the films I am watching are smart and have brains… but that isn’t the case here. BabyDoll does a dance and all the men go GOOGOO GAGA. And that wouldn’t be so bad but by the middle of the film I was dying to see the damn dance and I was dreading them going into their outer storyline. But I never got the chance.
I heard somewhere that Zack Snyder was forced to go with a PG-13 rating rather than a R to attract more audiences. I’m not sure how true that is but I can easily see this movie becoming a lot more attactive with more violence and sex. It seemed like taking away those two main elements exposed the biggest hole in the movie: It had no real plot. In any case, I think that most audiences will find Sucker Punch entertaining and many people will probably see it twice. However, once the hype of Sucker Punch dies down, people will finally see it for what it is: Not very good.
What are your opinions or comments on the movie? Did you like the story? How about the action scenes? Which girl was your favorite and why?