Posts Tagged ‘sexuality as a weapon’
With the recent DVD release of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch we thought it would be worth our while to revisit our thoughts on the movie and give it a second look. While we stand by our review of the film by Cliff Bugle we nevertheless thought that a female perspective would be particularly interesting to have in this case. Naturally then, we referred to our own Marisa Carpico. The film has been heralded by some as a great “girl power” flick despite what was a largely negative critical reception, and we would like to appease those of you who are part of this growing cult following by offering you another examination of it. Enjoy!
Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriters: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
Length: 1h 50m
Synopsis: A newly orphaned girl, nicknamed Baby Doll (Browning), gets forcibly admitted into a psychiatric hospital after she accidentally kills her sister in defending her against their newly appointed legal guardian’s sexual assaults. Her admittance is mainly so her guardian can attain her inheritance, but we see that the grief she has been dealing with is actually beginning to affect her mind. While in the hospital Baby Doll befriends some fellow girl internees nicknamed Rocket (Malone), Blondie (Hudgens), Sweet Pea (Cornish), and Amber (Chung). The girls are forced to work by doing chores around the hospital as well as dance for rich men who come in to see their provocatively choreographed performances. The warden-like boss of the facility, Blue (Isaac), is stunned to see that Baby Doll turns out to be a phenomenal dancer, and plans to make a lot of money off of her shows. However, Baby Doll and the girls have no intention of sticking around any longer and form a plan to break out. It won’t be easy, and with the prospect of freedom comes the risk of death, but the girls push on in hopes of a better life.