Sucker Punch (2011 Film)

Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung in Sucker Punch (2011)
Titles: Sucker Punch
People: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung
Countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Languages: English
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2011 American psychological fantasy action movie Sucker Punch.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

“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

My Thoughts

I saw this movie once years ago at a movie theater with maybe my brother GC in the city of LC.

I had higher hopes for this movie after I saw the trailer for it, it looked like a cool over-the-top surreal dream-like video game-like action movie with symbolism, but this movie was not as good as I had expected.

The surreal dream-like video game-like action scenes were visually well done and were crazy and cool, there was symbolism used and there was probably a deeper meaning hidden in this movie somewhere, but this movie was a bit of a mess with several different elements that did not mess well or make much sense.

Some parts of this movie made me uncomfortable (the brothel parts), and those parts of the movie really hurt this movie for me; and unfortunately most of the movie takes places in the parts of the movie that made me uncomfortable, and that were not good.

While this movie was a bit of a mess, the dream-like action scenes and the confusing and unclear and symbolic ending left me feeling that this movie had a deeper meaning that I was close to understanding but that I still did not understand, and so I left the movie feeling better about it than you would think while being somewhat disappointed.

This movie could have been amazing, it had much more potential, it was amazing sometimes in short bursts in a few moments but it did not live up to its true potential.

This movie should have been about dreams and someone else should have written the movie and the dialogue, and this could have been a great movie.

I still think that the movie is worth watching for the action scenes at least, the very first dream-like action scene was pretty amazing, and it felt like being in a video game dream.

The end,

-John Jr

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