Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sucker Punch Review

If you're a fan of director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) you'll have a blast this his latest film - Sucker Punch. I'll admit, at first glance I rolled my eyes and completely dismissed this movie. However, after I gave it a chance, I realized it could actually be fun. And that's exactly what this action packed movie is - FUN. I love Snyder's style, and even though his movies tend to lack depth and substance, his visually striking style never disappoints. His imaginative visuals were completely stunning. And there was a lot more depth in story than I half expected.

I'll lay it out for, try to keep up as it may get confusing: Baby Doll (Emily Browning) is forced into an insane asylum by her evil stepfather after accidentally killing her younger sister. After being committed we meet the sleazy orderly (Oscar Isaac) who agrees that for the right price he can have her lobotomized. Then there's Dr. Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino) who actually tries to help the inmates by getting them to act out their frustrations and traumas.
Suddenly, the scene shifts from dismal gray reality to a world with plush, vivid color. The institution is now a brothel, the orderly is the owner/boss, and Dr. Gorski is the choreographer for the dance numbers the girls are forced to preform for the clientele. During Babydoll's dance tryout she is transported to yet another level of reality where a wise man (Scott Glenn) arms her with a gun and a samurai sword and gives her the knowledge she needs to gain her freedom. She then proceeds to battles three CGI monsters with masterful style.
We actually never get to see Baby Doll do her sexy dance: Every time she begins, we are thrown into her fantasy where she fights giant samurais with machine guns, steam-punk World War II zombies or fire breaking dragons. Four of her fellow inmates also appear with her: Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Amber (Jamie Chung) and sisters Rocket (Jena Malone) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish).

Make no mistake, this video game style of a movie is definitively cool to look at, and has a killer-rad soundtrack to boot (Bjork, Queen, Carla Azar). Even though it doesn't make much sense, it's so vividly conceived, so deliriously bizarre and wonderful you'll enjoy the ride Snyder takes you on. The movie provides all you need for this imaginary world, so that you’re never fully confused, even when the action is set inside a dream within a dream - Inception anyone?

Someone wrote that this movie is "a head trip of the most awesome kind," and I couldn't agree more. Sucker Punch was a sexy, action packed entertaining flick with an underlining message of cool sorts - If you want something fight for it. You have all the tools you need to succeed, so FIGHT!
RATING: C+

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