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Beautiful, but confusing: ‘Sucker Punch’

Anyone who saw “Inception” and could not wrap their mind around the notion of a dream inside of a dream may not want to go see the recently released film, “Sucker Punch.”

This movie is so engrossed in fantasy and action that I think the director/writer, Zach Snyder, forgot to add dialogue to the script.

The entire first 10 minutes of the movie consisted of a long, silent, melodramatic scene in which the main character, Babydoll’s, mother dies. A quarrel with her stepfather then ended with Babydoll accidentally shooting her sister instead of her stepfather.

She is then brought to a dark, eerie mental hospital, Lennox House, where she quickly realizes she needs to escape before the doctor comes to perform a lobotomy on her in three days.

Everything after that is all a dream, literally.

The transition from mental hospital to a burlesque show for orphans was not only confusing but strange and awkward.

Every time Babydoll dances, she enters a second fantasy world where she must fight off fictional characters such as dragons, large steel samurai, dead-gas-filled men, and robots.

This fantasy world has a sort of Angelina Jolie “Laura Croft: Tomb Raider” thing going on with hot girls kicking some ass.

Alongside Babydoll is her crew of girls dressed in fishnets, leather, and machine guns: the always-appropriate attire for fighting off dragons and robots.

Together their sole mission is to obtain five things that will help them escape: a map, fire, a knife, a key, and the last thing, which remains a mystery until the end.

Their journey in the second world is dictated by a witty guy who says clichés such as “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything” and things with absolutely no sense behind them, like “You can’t write a check with your mouth that you can’t cash with your ass.”

In moments like that, you cannot help but to think “What the hell is going on?”

Yes, the cinematography is wonderful, and if you like anime/action films, then this movie is great, but it was the lack of explanation that left me puzzled.

You are never given any sense of what is happening in the real world. It is all just a dream inside of a dream.

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Beautiful, but confusing: ‘Sucker Punch’