As indicated on my yesterday’s blog, I am supposed to watch “Sucker Punch” tonight — and I did.
“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, 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. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls-the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung)-to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac) and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller (Jon Hamm) comes for Babydoll. Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey-if they succeed-will set them free.. — (C) Warner Bros
I had been reading a divide on opinion about the movie. Even ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ indicates (as of this posting) that only 48% of the audience liked the movie with average rating of 3.1 on a scale of 5.
It is my personal opinion though, as a moviegoer who watches a movie at least once a week, that the film is indeed great and a must see. Perhaps I have a different preference or personal bias towards sci-fi flicks. But let me enumerate why I think the movie deserves my nod.
1. The visual presentation is spectacular.
2. The movie soundtrack is great.
3. I always love to see girls in action.
As for the plot, yes it is plain simple (yet I am both amazed and amused reading some comments that it is confusing and can not understand the plot). Incidentally this movie reminds me to some extent another recent great film “Inception” — with its twists and turns many levels deep. Sucker Punch however limits itself to three levels. First the ‘real world’ as mental patient, second the imagined life on the club as dancer, and third the life as warrior on mission which happens every time music is played and that ‘Dabydoll’ dances (which is the imagination-within-the-imagination plot) . Although this third realm has various scenes and time-lines — and that makes it even more interesting.
It is such a sight to see the beautiful ladies maim and kill and kick some ass of those giant Samurai warriors, Nazi zombies soldiers, dragons and knights, as well as those robots. I personally prefer these characters compared to a ‘Bella Swan’ crying or a ‘Hermione Granger’ using her wand mumbling some strange words.
The mix and use of technology on a given era is clever, such as Samurai firing bazookas and machine guns, use of high-tech robots with the Nazis, chase scene between a dragon and a fighter plane.
I am also someone who appreciates music on the category of metal, electronica and trance. And it is very pleasant to have these all in the movie.
Preview of the movie from YouTube (fan made):
For the reasons enumerated above, I would rate the movie 4.5 on a scale of 5, and in my opinion a must-see movie.
Meantime, while I am satisfied with the original sequencing (as shown on the cinema), the following links are deleted scenes that I found on YouTube:
- A sing and dance number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OZ1EpKbe60
- Extended version of the ending: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFMsR02Ggx4