Sucker Punch
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -4

Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Isaac, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn. Action/fantasy. Written by Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya. Directed by Zack Snyder.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls—the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It’s got some funny lines, and there’s lots of comic book graphics, but mainly it’s about sexy clothes on even sexier women.

Ever since moving pictures were visualized by their creators, the exploitation of the female form has been center stage in cinematic storytelling. But no generation has ever been more bombarded by sexual imagery. It’s very difficult to escape. In the Bible, it says that God knows our frame, our weaknesses. He loves us despite them. But I think from reading the scriptures you’ll see that God blesses those who seek to reverence Him and show our fellow man(woman) respect.

Don’t let Hollywood control your minds – or glands. Keep this in mind, the reason this film has a PG-13 rating rather than an R is to get more teenagers into the screenings. And they win when you turn over the bucks. Now, the loophole isn’t sneaking in so you don’t have to pay. That’s stealing. Right or wrong they did the work and they don’t deserve thieves. So don’t try to justify that action. End of sermon.

Okay, a little bit of a review: Though the visuals are interesting, the narrative is muddled and inept, with a tinge of porno sadism. All in all, I found it a grim movie going experience.

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Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Crude Language: Crude sexual comments
Obscene Language: Around five obscenities, mostly the s-word and several minor expletives.
Profanity: One profane use of God’s name and one of Christ’s.
Violence: Comic book violence throughout, but some has to do with beating and abusing young women by dastardly types; other violence ranges from beatings to bomb explosions; lots of gun battles and other action battles; it is implied that a couple of young girls are raped. Blood: Not much blood
Sexual Intercourse: there’s a great deal of sexuality.
Nudity: No nudity, but the women are provocatively dressed throughout.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: I caught none
Other: PG-13 thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Young Males

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