Sucker Punch starts out with its complex storyline. The female-friendly action film seems to be promising but the audience doesn’t reap the benefits.
Directed by Zack Snyder, who is known for the action film “300,” one would think and expect huge action-filled scenes. While there are plenty of scenes, the film’s confusing storyline takes away from all the good things the film has in it.
An emotionally-damaged girl by the name of Babydoll (Emily Browning) loses her mother. After trying to kill her evil stepfather, she misses and destroys her younger sister. Sent by her stepfather to an insane asylum, things only look meek for the doe-eyed Babydoll. Finding out that the head of the asylum is twisted in his methods of curing his patients, Babydoll conspires with four other girls to escape.
This is where the confusion starts to take place. Zipping out of reality and into an alternate world, sort of like a burlesque-type club, then to a death-ridden world is how the movie is set up. The only thing the audience seems to know is there are five things essential to getting out of the institution. Together with Rocket, Sweetpea, Blondie, and Amber, Babydoll must use her alluring nature to get what is needed to escape.
Babydoll shines throughout the movie but even Browning’s likability of innocence and vengeance can’t save this film. There is this quality that draws the viewer into her performance whether she’s beating up ancient Chinese creatures or killing zombies. The female power dynamics of the five girls is what’s interesting, but it seems as if some of the characters aren’t as well-developed as they could be.
The only other characters worth investing any time or attention to are the sisters- Rocket played by Jena Malone and Sweetpea played by Abbie Cornish. From the beginning of the introduction to the characters, there is a hope that everything will turn out for the best for the two of them. Sweetpea entered the asylum to watch and protect Rocket and the ideal notion is Sweetpea will escape with her sister.
The other two girls aren’t given as much time to really get to know and it hurts the storyline. One scene in the film when Blondie turns against the cause shows a conflicting and interesting moment in the character herself. With so little character development there is not enough promise for the character however.
Since this is a female power driven action film, it’s those scenes that dazzle among the weaker storylines. Seeing five girls battle creatures that are great in number and strength without barely breaking a sweat is pretty neat, but not even close to reality. All of the stylized wire work only lasts for a while until the scenes become dull.
Being a confusing storyline with the constant reality versus dream world, it makes it hard to even get invested in the film. While some pieces in “Sucker Punch” start to fit together, it’s really the ending that leaves questions with no answers, making this a movie not worth seeing