Release Date: 3/25/11
Sucker Punch is a two-sided coin. For everything that the producers did well there was a corresponding drawback.
Sucker Punch begins well. Without a line of dialogue the writers set up the movie perfectly – an abusive stepfather, angry that his wife left her daughters everything, attacks them. Defending herself and her sister “Babydoll” accidentally kills her sister. Father sends her to a mental institution, where she is to be lobotomized. We see her plot her escape – a map of the institution, a key to the door, a sign warning that a fire unlocks all doors. All of that with minimal dialogue. Perhaps they had to give visual clues, because the acting was sub-par. It wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen, but certainly wasn’t the best either.
To cope with her incarceration, Babydoll retreats into a fantasyland, where she fights giant samurai, dragons, and robots. The fight scenes were fun, if a bit repetitive. [Also, the murder of a baby dragon was definitely the worst part of the movie.]
There were some good plot twists throughout the movie. I always like unpredictable movies. With the twists, however, was a confusing plot. A very confusing plot, one where you just kind of scratch your head and say “huh?” after it. I think the producers might have been a little too clever for their own good
This movie isn’t for everyone – a confusing, repetitive plot with sub-par acting; you’d be well within your rights to skip this movie. If you are able to follow what is going on, it was a fun little movie with some well-done cinematography.
WWYT Rating: 6.5
IMDB Rating: 6.1