The Title Says It All
Release Date: March 25, 2011
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 109 minutes
Distributor: Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures/Time Warner
Director: Zach Snyder
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The movie opens with Baby Doll being brought to a mental institution by her evil stepfather after Baby Doll accidentally shooting her younger sister while trying to stop the stepfather from attacking and molesting the sister. The stepfather is paying the asylum’s lead male attendant under the table to schedule Baby Doll for a lobotomy when the doctor doing that procedure visits a few days hence.
To escape her dire circumstances, Baby Doll resorts to fantasy. She imagines that she’s being imprisoned in a nightclub and bordello to dance and perform for the club’s rich but greasy looking “clients.” Forced to show her sexy dancing abilities, Baby Doll imagines herself in another fantasy where she battles giant samurai soldiers with demon-red eyes, Worlds War I zombies and a dragon. A mysterious man tells her that, to find freedom, Baby Doll must find a map, something to create fire, a knife, a key, and one another thing. While she searches for these things in the fantasy world, Baby Doll teams up with the other prostitutes in the non-existent bordello to find the same items. [Spoiler Alerts] Eventually, what happens in the reality of the mental hospital is that Baby Doll uses the knife to incapacitate the male attendant so she and another girl can set a fire as a diversion and escape the hospital using the key and the map.
After a slow start, SUCKER PUNCH devolves right away into a nearly relentless mess of over-the-top fantasy violence, incessant leering at the teenage girls’ skimpy attire and bombastic music that may make viewers wish they were deaf. The characters and dialogue are often ludicrous. Although the heroine and the other women in the story are trying to free themselves from the tyranny in the mental institution and the non-existent bordello, their characters are such utter ciphers that it’s impossible to care much for any of them. Even an uplifting but cryptic ending cannot save this movie. SUCKER PUNCH will make most moviegoers feel like they’ve been sucker-punched in their wallets.
SUCKER PUNCH devolves right away into a nearly relentless mess of over-the-top fantasy violence, incessant leering at the girls’ skimpy attire and bombastic music. Although the heroine and the other women are trying to free themselves from violent tyranny, their characters are such ciphers that it’s impossible to care much for any of them. Even an uplifting but cryptic ending cannot save this movie. SUCKER PUNCH will make most moviegoers feel like they’ve been sucker-punched in their wallets.