Movie Review: Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

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


One thought on “Movie Review: Sucker Punch

  1. I haven’t heard too many good things about this one…it also doesn’t really look like something I’d enjoy, haha! But glad you liked somethings about it despite the somewhat confusing premise. Great review!


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