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March 29, 2011  | by: Jasmina Cuevas

Sucker Punch

When the trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” came out, I did not know what to expect. I was confused by the plot and I could not understand whether the fighting scenes were real or not. To add onto my confusing, I just could not accept that the characters had odd names like Sweet Pea or Blondie. So when my boyfriend practically dragged me to the movies this weekend to watch “Sucker Punch,” you could understand why I attempted to fake sick. But once the movie started I was thanking my boyfriend for dragging me out.

“Sucker Punch” is about a young girl, Babydoll (Emily Browning), forced into a mental institution after unfortunate events occur including her mother and sister’s death. While in the mental institution Babydoll learns that the mental institution is a cover up for a dance club where her and other girls are forced to dance for men.

When Babydoll learns that in five days she will be given a lobotomy and sold to one of the high-paid customers, she tries to find a way out by using her imagination. Every time Babydoll begins to dance, she is sent into a world of battle and survival along with Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Sweetpea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone) and Amber (Jamie Chung), the four girls trying to escape with her. She uses her imagination to follow her plan of retrieving the five items she needs to escape.

Throughout the movie, every time Babydoll uses her imagination, the girls end up in a battle and at the end of each battle they retrieve one of the items needed to escape.

The fighting scenes are amazing and Snyder did a wonderful job making sure that the scenes were not overly gruesome or bloody. Each character has a different strength and the movie carries a theme of strong-willed women. The movie definitely keeps people on the edge of their seats and excited to see what is going to happen next. The ending is unexpected but a perfect closing. It leaves everyone with the message that you hold the key to your freedom.

Snyder did a great job with keeping the movie fresh and starting a new genre of fantasy. “Sucker Punch” came in at second place opening with $20 million and I definitely think it deserved it and it even deserved being at number one. After watching, “Sucker Punch” I look forward to seeing what Snyder comes out with next and I am sure many would agree with me as well.

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