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Review: ‘Sucker Punch’ (2011)

by Hina Malik – @dodgyjammer

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Best Bad Quote:

“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know. “

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Suckerpunch is one hell of an experience.

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A gritty world coloured for the audience by a young girl’s imagination. Suckerpunch was visually magnificent, but of course we’re dealing with Zack Snyder, and he rarely fails to deliver on the visuals front. Settings change rapidly as we follow Babydoll’s journey, from the grim beginning to an even darker reality with an ending that aims for poignant but misses the mark.

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We find ourselves in a dark comic-book world, where ‘Babydoll’, has accidentally shot her little sister when attempting to kill her evil father. Her father has her institutionalised and strikes a deal with a careworker there to pull some strings and organise Babydoll’s lobotomy asap. From here, things get complicated. Essentially, Babydoll sets off on a journey to obtain her freedom, during which she befriends other girls in the asylum, which is presented to us as a brothel, in which the patients are dancers and the boss is the low-life careworker. The dances thrust us into a third world that is quite literally a gaming battlefield, and through this the girls must find items to secure their freedom.  Despite being set in 3 worlds (reality, brothel and battlefield), Snyder’s narrative lacks punch. The visuals are so brilliant it almost (but not quite) forgives the poor storytelling. This film aims to leave the audience with a bittersweet touch but unfortunately leaves us dazed.

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Many reviews slated this flick for being too ‘salacious’, ‘lascivious’, and that it projects a ‘sexist’ view of women. When did Superman’s outfit hang loose? When did Batman’s suit not look like a steroid-user’s dream? Heck, its Hollywood, everything is sexualised. It’s about how sexuality is used. In my opinion, had Snyder fleshed out the story as well as he fleshed out the visuals, this movie would have been spectacular. Instead of spectacular, we get stuck in a bizarre oversexed-underjustified-adventure flick, which though is breath-taking at times, lands firmly in mediocre story-telling territory.

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I’d recommend watching this film simply for a visual experience rather than the weak plot. Let’s put it this way: it’d be a great substitute for hallucinogens.

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Rating:

3 out of 5 Gargantuan Samurai’s

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