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, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between whats real a...more
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, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between whats real and what is imaginarywith potentially tragic consequences. less
“Starring: Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Amber, Blondie and Rocket. This film clearly will be enjoyed by hardcore action and special effects lovers who can discount its lack of a proper script and acting.”
While watching the posters I thought it would be an action film for kids, like the Spy Kids franchise. The reason being that there was a 12 year old girl trying to fight a monster with glowering red eyes. Well, it turns out that the girl is called Baby Doll, she has friends named Sweet Pea, Amber, Blondie and Rocket and (you guessed it alright) all of them are trapped in a place which - Putting it subtly, makes small girls do bad things with men. But before you attempt to assign it a particular genre, lets not forget that the poster also mentions prominently that it comes from the same people who gave us 300.
How a film turns out is completely based on the Director's sensibilities, and whether they match those of the audience. In this case, there was perfect synchronization as far as I am concerned. I have always derived great kicks from Fantasy, which I believe to be the most fantastical genre ever created. Talking about cinematography, there is no digression from what we witnessed in 300: there's a dark, melancholic tint to the screen which sets the mood while the camera captures amazing angles: overhead shots, slow motion sequences, zooming shots on the character's faces etc. During the film I was thinking that each single frame of the film was so beautiful that it could be used as a wallpaper.
The story goes on something like this: Baby Doll lands up in a mental institution due to a scheming stepfather. While she is due to be lobotomized (a cruel procedure which was used to cut connections between nerves in a bid to cure patients in the 1950s), she goes into another world where she is trapped in a whorehouse. Along with the other girls, Baby tries to flee the place.
The high points of the film are 4 action sequences which transport the girls into fantasy-land, where they have to complete missions. These look a lot like video games: one of them is set in World War II which anybody who has played Call of Duty will relate to. The hand grenades, bunkers, airplanes etc. all are truly authentic. Likewise, there's a rob-a-moving-train sequence, slay-a-dragon and the first one where Baby Doll fights three monsters.
Because the characters move back and forth into alternate universes, the story becomes a little fuzzy and would lead to WTF moments for a lot of people who don't attach much importance to special effects. There are no notable stars in the film and there is not much scope for committing harakiri vis-a-vis acting.
I would only advise those people who have relished Lara Croft & 300 and adore video games to give it a dekko. The rest of us might not be able to appreciate Zack Snyder's hardwork a lot.
PS - And oh, what a match it was yesterday !!! :-)