All We Know For Sure Is That We Believe – ‘Sucker Punch’ Review
As you enter the world of Sucker Punch from the opening scene you may have a feeling that this movie is going to try to make some sort of spiritual point by it’s end. If so, you are definitely on track.
Babydoll (Emily Browning) is a girl who finds herself tangled in a web of misery from the moment her mother dies and her step father finds out that everything was willed to her and her little sister. Angry and bitter, the step father goes on a drunken rampage which Babydoll aims to end with a bullet.
Just one misfire and a forged signature is all it takes to get Babydoll sent to Lennox House for the Mentally Insane. Though, when she arrives all is not what it appears to be.
After being checked in, Babydoll finds that this is no mental help facility. It is a brothel club of sex slaves forced to dance by the owner Blue (Oscar Isaac) for the clientel.
There Babydoll meets sisters Rocket (Jena Malone, left) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish, center), Amber (Jamie Chung, top left), and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens, top/bottom right) who are already well versed in what is expected from them by Blue.
Dr. Gorski (Carla Gugino, right) is the dance instructor and makes Babydoll show what she’s got when it comes to shakin’ her thang. As Babydoll regrettably begins to sway, her mind travels to an imaginary world where she is given a sword by a Wise Man (Scott Glenn) and takes up the fight to escape Lennox House.
When Babydoll puts foot to ass in her fantasy land, she is also putting jaws on the floor with her dance moves. SPOILER: You never actually see her dance.
When the idea comes up that they could possibly all escape Lennox House together all of the girls decide to team up and tear the roof off of the place. That is after Sweet Pea puts up and loses a little fight against it.
The girls have five missions to find five things: 1) a map, 2) fire, 3) a knife, 4) a key, and 5) a mystery item. Each mission means Babydoll must dance for someone while the other girls help her in battle.
Amber gets her hands on a client’s lighter while Babydoll distracts him by dancing. Babydoll distracts herself while dancing by engaging in mind battle with her team. It is win win for everyone until someone tells Blue what they’ve been up to.
The movie actually sounds a little more complicated than it actually is and though it opened to mixed reviews I can honestly say that I loved every moment of the chaos.
The soundtrack is amazing with songs such as amped up covers of The Eurythmics Sweet Dreams and The Pixies Where Is My Mind? as well as tracks from Björk, Skunk Anansie, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.
WARNING: Though the film seems “tough girls kicking ass and taking names” on the surface, you may need tissues!
Even in a fantasy world of your own imagination, not everything can go according to plan and in Sucker Punch be prepared for that to happen. A lot. The movie twists and turns through so many OMG moments that it had me super glued.
The story is action, drama, suspense, sexual, heart warming, and heart breaking all at the same time. Other critics have slammed the film because of that fact, but I praise it. It is all of the right things at all the right times, even when wrong happens and by the end of the film you walk away with a sense of self worth and self pride (yes, even if you are still crying).
I give Sucker Punch an A+. The spectacular cast, amazingly dreamed up plot, and a whole lot of teen angst should have you running to the theaters to see this film.
Zach Snyder will knock you out with this Sucker Punch.