Sucker Punch (2011) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: March 25, 2011
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Music by: Tyler Bates, Marius de Vries
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn

It begins with the death of the mother. Presumed to be accidentally on purpose by the two girls stepfather. The last will and testament of belongings and possessions were not inherited to the stepfather but to the two girls.

Furiously mad and anger by the statement, the stepfather is shown to be a paedophile – trying to rape the blonde girl. She defends herself. Got locked up. The stepfather turns to her sister  (the brunette hair).

The blonde girl escaped through the window and down with the gun. Pointing at the stepfather. She triggers the gun. Bullet breaks the light bulb. Pieces of it kills the younger sister. The stepfather called the police.

She was caught. The all smirking and treachery stepfather declares and decided to place her at Lennox House – For the mentally insane asylum.

There, she is given a “special” treatment. Corruption and bribes works along the way to keep her shut from the outside world.

In there she met people who are very much alike like her. Hallucination or dreams. Perhaps, partially insane.

Modern day, Alice in Wonderland and Inception concept tumbles into the rabbit hole.

The blonde girl – Babydoll (Emily Browning) begins her journey to escape. Given key points from the very start of the movie and the clues given by The Wisemen (Scott Glen): Map, Fire, Knife, Key and Sacrifice.

Babydoll vs Samurai Slayers

In her world of fantasy, where all girls are trapped to be nightclub dancers for the rich and famous. She met the siblings: Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) and Rocket (Jena Malone), an Asian – Amber (Jamie Ching), and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens).

Babydoll (Emily Browning) leading her team into the battlefield

Each task to obtain the five hints is shown how difficult can that task be – The map is in the Head of Lennox House’s office aka Blue’s (Oscar Isaac) office. In fantasy – it’s like the Hindenburg’s War.

The mother dragon

The Fire – In medieval war of Orcs and Humans and where dragons resides in a dungeon castle. Slay the dragon to get the fire.

Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) shooting some mechanical Nazi soldiers

The Knife – reminds us of playing Dead Space on Ishimura’s platform. Things went wrong here when back to the kitchen – Rocket was stabbed by the chef and died instantly.

Blondie, weak and stupid kills the plan. Leaving Rocket dead. So Blue murdered Amber and then Blondie for he does not like snitches and traitors to friends.

Everything goes exactly as planned. But the story of the film does not really focus on Babydoll but Sweet Pea.

The film gets back to the High Roller lobotomising through Babydoll’s eye to head turning her into permanent state of paralyzes.

Sweet Pea escapes and returns home.

Reviewer’s Note:
If you love corny B-films, then this is your take. If not – don’t ever bother watching. Because all I’m gonna say is that this film rocks! Girls and Guns sure blends!

A little feel of Inception and The Matrix. If you feel like Inception – this film goes until level 2 that’s all.

MacGuffin Theory is used in every Babydoll’s dancing move. You won’t get to see her dance in whatever way because the moment she started dancing is the moment she’s in the world of fantasy. Use your imagination. You will get the whole idea.

Brilliantly done by Zack Snyder. Sucker Punch isn’t a lame title  – there’s a hidden meaning behind this film. I mean you get it after watching it. I watched it twice and I enjoyed it.

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