First of all, I refuse to use this review to make obvious jokes at the movie's title (Sucker Punch) or tag line ("You will be unprepared"). What I will say though is that I have seen every Zack Snyder movie (with the exception of The Legend of the Guardians), and Sucker Punch is everything that is good – and bad – about a Zack Snyder film.
Sucker Punch opens with an amazingly cut sequence that sets up the main action of the movie. Baby Doll's (Emily Browning) mother dies, and while trying to fend off her stepfather from attacking her younger sister, Baby Doll accidentally kills her sister. To get her out of his way, the stepfather works a deal with a corrupt orderly named Blue (Oscar Isaac) to lock Baby Doll in a mental institute. It was this opening sequence, no matter how good it was, that made it almost impossible for this movie to "sucker punch" me because knowing the ultimate backdrop of the film is a mental institute really lessens the impact for all the fantastical elements of the movie. While it wouldn't make up for the flat acting and mundane plot, I could have done without knowing about the mental institute until the final reveal. It would have made the movie a bit more unpredictable.
While in the mental institute Baby Doll befriends a group of other girls: Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), and Amber (Jamie Chung). After getting over their initial jealousy of Baby Doll, the four girls team up with her to attempt an escape. During treatment, Dr. Gorski (Carla Gugino) tells Baby Doll that she controls the world within her imagination. It is in this world where Baby Doll meets...Read More
I must admit from the start, I never read the classic novel, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. In my high school, we were given several novels to choose between. I went the Steinbeck and Dickens route. That being said, I was not totally unaware of the plot of the book before seeing Cary Fukunaga new adaptation of Bronte's most famous work (there have been over forty-five to date)....Read More
What do you get when you cross the two guys responsible for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the cult hit UK TV Show Spaced with the director of Superbad? The answer is the new film Paul, which is arguably the best comedy to come along in years.
Paul tells the story of two...Read More
Limitless is fantastic! I am still excited about this movie even a week after screening it. It is without a doubt, the best movie I've seen in long time. The film stars Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), who proves that he is more than capable of carrying a movie of substance; he is definitely leading man material and I almost need not mention that Robert De Niro has a...Read More
The film Budrus is a documentary that follows the life of a Palestinian man, Ayed, who is the leader of an ongoing protest in the West Bank against the Israeli army. Ayed and his followers are protesting the barrier that the Israeli army is trying to build along Palestine's West Bank which would separate Israelis from Palestinians which they believe will protect the Israelis from terrorist attacks. One...Read More
When I was a kid, there was just something about Gregg Araki's Doom Generation that I really liked. Now, fifteen years later, after seeing Araki's latest film offering, Kaboom, I don't quite know what to think about Araki or his films any longer.
When the whole Riverdance craze hit, I remember being impressed with the dancing a bit, but I never really found it all that interesting. Of course, that was seventeen years ago, and even though I was aware of Michael Flatley's departure to make his own dance show spectacular Lord of the Dance (at that time, it was hard to find anyone who didn't), I wasn't all that impressed....Read More
Disney's new animated comedy, Mars Needs Moms, follows young Milo (Seth Green) from his quaint suburban home to Mars – a fantastical planet full of alien life and cutting edge space technology. While Milo's Mars bears little semblance to the Mars we've come to know and love in Science class, Milo's aliens have both big heads and their skin tones suggest a popular primary color, so the setup...Read More
Once a well-worn morality tale of frightening solitude and predatory sexuality (read the original French version in which the girl disrobes before getting into the wolf's bed), the folktale Little Red Riding Hood has evolved into a female empowerment story and has long abandoned the original ending which finds the innocent little girl outsmarted and eaten by a tricky wolf. Walt Disney long ago assured us that all...Read More
Movies about filmmaking can be comedic satires like Tropic Thunder. Or, they can be joyous musicals like Singin' in the Rain. They can even be horror films like Shadow of the Vampire. But rarely do they consist of such powerful human drama and impactful storytelling as in the new Spanish film Even the Rain. Actress turned director Icíar Bollaín has developed the expertly-written script of Paul Laverty into...Read More