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MOVIE REVIEW: Sucker Punch (2010)

Under the threat of lobotomy, Baby Doll retreats from the Lennox House into a bordello led by Blue (Oscar Isaac), who runs the brothel like a prison--not a real prison (there's no room in Sucker Punch for anything resembling reality), understand, but one that you might see in Caged Heat, or Chained Heat, or any women-in-prison movie that seemed difficult to miss during the home video craze of the 1980s (though, alas, Isaac is no Bridgette Nielsen). There is a Big Spender (Jon Hamm, as wooden as he is beautiful) who will spend a lot of money on one of the girls, and he believes Baby Doll will be the one. He instructs Ms. Gorsky (Carla Gugino, in an Eastern European accent so ridiculous that she sounds like a transvestite version of Yakov Smirnoff) to prepare her. The brothel, it seems, is theater; the women stage elaborate erotic fantasies for their customers before taking them to private rooms. During the instruction, Gorsky instructs Baby Doll to dance to music completely at odds with its 1950s period (Emiliana Torrini's cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit"), and finds herself suddenly dressed in an outfit ripped off from Sailor Moon and standing in a Japanese courtyard, where she meets a Wise Man (Scott Glenn, puréeing what little dignity he has left) who tells her that she can escape the brothel if she faces five challenges...all of which involving battle of some kind or other. When her "dance" is done, she hatches an escape plot with fellow inmates Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), and Amber (Jamie Chung). [...]

March 25, 2011 // 17 Comments


REVIEW SUMMARY: Lovely images and faithful panel translations, but with no emotional significance, or grounding. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The film is set in an alternate 1985, in [...]

August 24, 2009 // 13 Comments