Sucker Punch: Quick Movie Review

I am one happy Sucker.
It was as if Zack Snyder and his production crew gathered a group of males and asked them to list down everything they wanted to see in a movie.

Hot babes—check.

Hot babes in skimpy outfits—check.

Hot babes in skimpy outfits that kick ass—check.

Hot babes in skimpy outfits that kick ass fighting giant gatling-gun wielding Samurais, Zombie Nazis, orcs, dragons, and liquid-alloy robots—check.

Now if those aren’t enough to convince you that Sucker Punch is a movie tailor-made for the hot-blooded male populace, then maybe the following pictures will.

 Now are you convinced?

Visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder said he wanted to push the envelope of what is fantasy versus reality in this film and in a lot of ways he succeeded.  The world of Sucker Punch is indeed a visual treat resembling rockin’ music videos, epic battles you’d see in games, and surreal locations that could only be conjured by such vivid/wild imagination.

While Sucker Punch is basically a movie about escape, (both literally and figuratively) Snyder was able to transform what could have been an ordinary breakout attempt from a mental institution into a mind-effin experience complete with some of the most memorable action sequences I’ve seen recently. It was like watching 300, the Matrix, Terminator and Lord of the Rings, while playing Fallout, Resistance, Medal of Honor, and listening to rock music with the volume turned all the way up. It was both an auditory and visual treat. There were even times that I wanted to pause the movie screen and replay the scene in slow motion.

The look of the movie is like a mashup of the fantasy art you’ll see in magazines like Heavy Metal and if you’ve seen Snyder’s other movies such as 300 and Watchmen you’ll have an idea of what to expect.

The movie opens with the song—Sweet dreams (Are made of this) and indeed any dream involving the babes of Sucker Punch would be sweet. Almost every possible fantasy girl is represented—from the timid school girl in pigtails Baby Doll (Emily Browning), the sister-tandem of the boyish Rocket (Jena Malone), and feisty Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), the loyal Asian (Jamie Chung) and the distressed Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). Even those who prefer more mature women have Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) to dream about.

After the death of her mother, and the accidental death of her sister, Baby Doll finds herself forcibly taken away to a Mental Institution. There she uses her vivid imagination to create the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, here she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls (Sweet Pea, Rocket, Amber and Blondie) to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue, Madam Gorski and the High Roller.

In the end, I left the IMAX quite satisfied and hor—ehem happy. And as soon as I got home there were three things I immediately wanted to do:
  1. Download the soundtrack (done)
  2. Download all the character wallpapers (done)
  3. Search the net for any videos of Baby Doll’s hypnotic shoulder swagging dance moves. (still searching…hopefully they’ll include it in the DVD extras)

Sucker Punch is a movie best watched on the big screen (even better on the IMAX as long as you sit as far away from the screen) with your male buddies so that you can ogle all you want without getting some judgemental looks. The only reason to bring your girlfriend along is to give her a hint of how you’d want her to look on your next monthsary. 

Take your pick 🙂

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