Movie Monday: Sucker Punch

 Grade: B

Staring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone
I was actually surprised by how much I liked Sucker Punch. I thought it was just going to be a lot of fighting and explosions, which it was and it took a little getting used to. The style was the hardest thing. The whole movie is filmed like a music video or a video game or a weird combination at both. Especially the opening scene of the movie, since the music is the only audio. The first line of the movie is about 10 minutes in and Baby Doll, the main character played by Emily Browning, doesn’t speak for the first 20 minutes. 

If you let yourself believe the style and understand that most of the movie takes place inside the delusions of two mental patients, the movie is actually pretty good. Like most sci-fi/action movies it sounds a little crazy when explained. The movie follows Baby Doll, who is sent to a mental hospital by her stepfather and teams up with four other girls, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie and Amber, to try to break out by creating fantasy worlds that they can control. A good portion of the movie is fighting and video game like violence but the dramatic scenes in the movie are well acted and do draw the audience attention and make them feel a connection to the characters. But I seem to be the only person who thought so, since the movie was slammed by most reviews.

One thing I would definitely change about the movie is the name. I guess Sucker Punch is a good name to draw in video game and action movie fans, but I think it discredits the movie some by making it sound like a video game. Another thing the five main character’s names are Baby Boll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie…and Amber? Why doesn’t Amber get a cool action hero name?    

Sucker Punch Trailer

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