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Movie: Sucker Punch
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.
Released Nationwide: March 25, 2011
Stars: 2

After the death of her mother, and the accidental killing of her sister, Baby Doll is committed into an insane asylum by her step-father. Once inside, she begins putting together a plan to help her escape.

Don't try to use Earth Logics in this film. Earth Logics will only make your brain stuffs try to leak out of your ears. When things actually happen, and how things actually happen (or even sometimes what actually happens) is never actually clear. The imaginary world of Baby Doll bleeds into the real world so much (and to so many degrees) that it's hard to tell what is actually real, and how much of it was just part of her imagination because she is so desperate to not accept what happened to her. All that is really clear is that Baby Doll is trying to escape the asylum that she has been forced into, and that four of the girls that are there with her are trying to help her out. But whether or not anything actually comes of their attempts (if they are ever really successful) is up for debate (as an argument could be made that they were a complete failure).

The only really good thing that could be said for this film were the scenes involving the five girls when they were deep in Baby Doll's fantasies. The look of them was entirely awesome (very retro and steampunk, full of zeppelins and clockwork Nazis and Samurai monsters and futuristic cityscapes), with female characters that handed out numbers just as easily as breathing. This is what the entire film should have been about, what the entire film should have embodied. This is not, however, how it all was. Not only did almost every female lead die, but every female character is subjected to rape and abuse. Yes, this sort of thing happens in real life, but the way it was handled and presented in this film left a bad taste in my mouth.

Skip this one, unless you want to check out the fight scenes, and then, wait until it comes out on Red Box.
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