New In Theaters Review: Sucker Punch

When a young girl named Babydoll (Emily Browning) is sent to an insane asylum against her will, she must open up her mind in order to set herself free. She only has five days until it will be too late to escape the imprisonment she has been thrown into, so he hatches up a plan on how to get out. She recruits four other girls to help her in her mission, and only by banding together, can her plan work. Now she and the four girls, Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), and Amber (Jamie Chung), must stick together to escape their captors. In order to do this they are going to have to get a map, fire, a knife, a key, and the fifth item will be a mystery that they won’t know till they have the other four pieces of the plan.

Standing in their way is Blue Jones (Oscar Isaac) the head orderly of the asylum. Dr. Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino) who is trying to teach them to release themselves from their imprisonment by going deep inside their mind and setting themselves free. Then there is the High Roller/Doctor (Jon Hamm) who will be coming to the facility in five days to lobotomize poor young Babydoll. Once Babydoll goes deep inside her mind, she unleashes a world of samurais, dragons, and undead soldiers that they will have to defeat as her mind mixes fantasy with reality. They will have an arsenal of weapons at their disposal, along with the guidance of a man known only as the wise man (Scott Glenn). It will be a race against time, as they are not only fighting for their freedom, but also their sanity.

Well the director of “Watchmen” and “300” has done it again. This movie just like the other two is visually stunning. The action is superb, and the story is well written. The effects are amazing and the cinematography is outstanding. The actors all did a great job in this movie, and being that the only really known actors have small parts is saying a lot for the director’s accomplishment. Now I believe that the title of this movie represents how the movie is told. You see the trailer and you’re immediately sucked in by all the action and fantasy that is being shown on the screen, but when you actually watch the movie you discover that there is a lot more going on in this film. The blending of reality and fantasy will keep you on your toes as you have to piece together what is really going on in this asylum and how it is being portrayed in Babydoll’s mind. Not until the end of the movie does it all make sense, but the ride is oh so enjoyable.

I had a really good time watching this movie, and can’t wait for its DVD release so that I can watch it again to look for things I might have missed the first time around. I gave this movie 3 ½ dreams out of 4. The visuals alone are worth the price of admission. The film runs 2 hours. It was rated PG 13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language. It was written by Zack Snyder and Steven Shibuya. It was directed by Zack Snyder. The film was produced by Cruel & Unusual Films, Legendary Pictures, Inc. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution.

Sometimes your only escape is in your own mind. Ezo
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