Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

Sucker Punch

Wildly exploitative sexism, couched as girl power, from 300 director Zack Snyder. A teenager named Baby Doll (the entirely dull Emily Browning) is tossed into a mental asylum by her evil stepfather, who either raped and killed Baby's little sister or just killed her. Within the confines of the loony bin, Baby Doll visits various alternative realities, all populated with other beautiful young girls wearing rompers, schoolgirl kilts and such. The other realities include a busy bordello and ongoing martial-arts/steampunk/dragon-filled battles directed by the Wise Man (Scott Glenn). Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone, poor things, are fellow inmates in all realities. Baby Doll hatches a plan to escape using a combination of kung fu moves and supersexy dancing that the audience never sees (Snyder chooses a strange time for discretion), but it's a race against time, since she's scheduled to be lobotomized by a handsome doctor (Jon Hamm). Snyder, who has a story and screenplay credit, appears to have been influenced by everything from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar to Sin City and maybe some old episodes of Charlie's Angels. That's a combination that can make you beg for the ice pick and mallet.