Sucker Punch Reviewed

Imagine your mind as a place to escape to from reality to fantasy and how deep your fantasy goes is all up to you. Sounds like inception doesn't it. Well this month's Action Fantasy movie of the month, Sucker Punch has all that. It's Inception meets 300 meets Alice in Wonderland….well sort off.

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.

The Plot

Babydoll (Emily Browning) has been locked away against her will, but she 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..

The film includes an imaginary brothel that the five girls enter in the alternate reality, where singing and dancing take place. Hudgens was featured in a lush dancing scene and does a techno-belly dance musical number in the cavernous night club set while the character of Browning is tangling with a mutant German officer. It also includes dragons, aliens and a scenario of World War I due to the time setting of the film.

The Verdict

Well firstly I need to help set the tone right. Have you ever gone through the feeling like you have been told off by a colleague or someone you don't like and if affects you so much that when you go home while you're alone in the shower you imagine that you are telling your colleague off or retaliating to that person you don't like.

Sort of your own way of dealing with the problem in the form of an escape.

That's kind of how it's like with this movie. Drop logic, drop sense of time, Babydoll retreats into a fantasy world while she takes the steps to escape her captivity in the real world. It's her way of dealing or conquering her troubles and let's face it, haven't we all at some point in our lives wished we had super powers like Superman or martial arts like Neo from The Matrix.

With the power of the mind, it meant that Zack Snyder could create a world with no limits but to truly appreciate this film you have to lose your mind.

The action scenes in the World War 1 setting was pretty damn entertaining. I'd say this movie was like video game cut scenes. You know the graphics are so amazing that you don't want it to end. The feeling that the game itself felt like a movie.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I was definitely unprepared

Truthfully I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but I decided to add half a star more because watching the chics would have been enough for me even if there was no storyline whatsoever. Heck, I even wanted to go one step further and add half a star on top of that just for Jamie Chung…..but that would have been too much……but then again…

Revised Rating:

Storyline: 2 stars

Graphics and set design: 0.5 stars

Chics in action: 0.5 stars

Jamie Chung: 2 stars

Total: 5 stars

I'm so gonna get flamed for this.

Sucker Punch opens in cinemas 24 March

All photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

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