Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Emily Browning—Baby Doll
Abbie Cornish—Sweet Pea
Carla Gugino—Dr. Vera Gorski
Oscar Isaac—Blue Jones
Jon Hamm—High Roller / Doctor
Scott Glenn—Wise Man
|Director:||Zack Snyder—“300,” “Watchmen,” “Dawn of the Dead”|
|Producer:||Wesley Coller—executive producer
Christopher DeFaria—executive producer
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“You will be unprepared.”
“You control this world… now fight!”
Is reality subjective? Is life really what YOU make of it? I’ve wanted to see “Sucker Punch” since the first time I saw the trailer. Walking in, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect; I was in for quite a ride.
The narrative starts with a sort of spiritual (not Christian) tone, about angels, destiny and fighting. The opening quickly moves to a young woman and her sister at the feet of their dead mothers’ bed, and the stepfather is smiling. He attempts to sexually abuse the younger sister, and the older sister Baby Doll (Emily Browning) attempts to stop him. She fails, and her stepfather sends her to a mental hospital. Here she discovers her her near future involves a lobotomy. This is her reality. Or is it?
Inspired by the words of her doctor, Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino), Baby Doll decides to create a alternate reality. She goes from a mental hospital to a brothel/dance club, masquerading as an orphanage. Her she meets her guide, a wise man (Scott Glenn), who tells her what she needs to escape—a map, fire, a knife, a key and a sacrifice. She needs all these things to defeat her enemy Blue Jones (Oscar Isaac) and win her freedom. She bands with four other girls in the hospital, and their epic odyssey begins.
The visuals are absolutely stunning, with a World War I ambiance, complete with zeppelins and cool, smoky look. Every battle scene is unique and great fun to watch. The acting, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired, but the stand outs are Carla Gugino, Oscar Isaac, and, to a lesser extent, Emily Browning.
The movie is rated PG-13, but does push the envelope a bit. The girls’ costumes are a bit too short and too revealing for my taste. Beyond the provocative costumes, sexuality is heavy throughout the film. Violence is heavy, although blood is minor. Included are undertones of rape and sexual abuse. Profanity is relatively moderate, but with instances of blasphemy, including “J” and “GD“. The “s” word is used about 6 times, the “a” word, and a couple of hells and damns.
I once heard that movies are sermons with pictures, and, if that’s the case, this movie preaches the “gospel” of self. You can be your own “savior,” “You have all the tools you need, now fight” is repeated. This seems to be the mantra of the world, but it has its roots in Genesis where Satan got Eve to question, doubt and disobey God’s Word, “you can be like God,” was the alternate reality. The Bible is very clear that only Jesus can save, no matter how sinful our reality is, Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever. If we could save ourselves, Jesus died in vain. Christ said, “I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved.” Jesus is the map (John 14:6), Jesus is the key (Matthew 16:19), Jesus is the light (John 8:12), The Word is like a sword (Ephesians 6:17), and Jesus Christ dying on the cross is the one and only sacrifice that can save (Acts 4:12). True freedom can only be found in Christ.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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