One. Do you find yourself geeking out to Japanese references, zombie Nazis, flashy weaponry and combat skills, dragons, castles and troll battles, science fiction, planets, and explosions?
Two. Were you staring at scantily clad girls?
Three. Did you feel you had no emotional ties to the characters—especially the main character?
Four. Are you left feeling puzzled from a lack of plot?
Five. Are you wondering “what was the point of that?”
If you suffer from two or more of these symptoms, you’ve probably just finished watching Suckerpunch.
This had been a highly anticipated movie—at least, for me. I was counting down opening night with a friend, and then after watching this movie, I just felt…well, let’s just say I’m disappointed in you Zack Snyder.
In a sentence, the movie would be best described as a bad mock version of Inception with an all-girl cast who kick-ass and are thrown into a story with a poor plotline.
The story is about an orphaned young woman who is sent to an asylum by her step-father. Her mother dies and had written in her will to give custody of her two daughters to the step-father. Taking advantage of the situation, the step-feather tries to sexually abuse the older sister, but due to her resistance, he quickly turns to her little sister. To protect her sister, the older sister holds her step-father at gun point. She tries to shoot him, but instead she ends up killing her sister. Claiming that the eldest is violent and depressed, the step-father sends her to an asylum, paying a staff member to forge a doctor’s signature so she can be lobotomized.
Overhearing the exchange between her step-father and the staff member, Babydoll (the name the other patients call her) devises a plan to escape the asylum. She explains her plan to the other patients: Amber, Blondie, Rocket, and Sweetpea. In a span of five days, they must find a map, fire, a knife, a key, and something else only she can know about.
Despite the lack of a good storyline, the female characters are definitely categorized as being kiss-ass young women. Babydoll, the main character, has heart. At the beginning of the film, she tries to protect her little sister from their abusive step-father. Also, she sacrifices her own safety to help out SweetPea. The best part is all the female characters are fierce in battle. They’re always suited up for their imaginative dream sequence missions, well-equipped with weapons, have an array of combat skills to succeed and bring down their enemies to their knees.
In each dream sequence, the girls’ guide says “And one more thing…” to provide them with last minute warnings about their mission. Well, here’s my warning: don’t expect an in-depth storyline because it is pretty much non-existent. The only character I felt emotionally drawn to ends up being the first to die in the movie.
Yes, what the hell.
I think Snyder and his writers need a re-cap on how to tell a compelling and well-rounded story.