Well this was a weird film, it’s not a horror or even a thriller in my opinion, more psychological, and I guess I understand what they were trying to do, I think, ok I’m not so sure. It was a film that was trying too hard, way too hard. It was a bit bizarre and random and it didn’t feel like it had a full storyline instead lots of little random storylines going on at the same time. All of these then didn’t feel fully connected or were never completed. I guess it was trying to portray the mental state of the main protagonist, but the audience don’t really fully get a sense of her, everything is quickly wrapped up and we’re in a confusion of why we’re jumping around places for not any reason in particular.
It took me quite a while to come to grips with what is happening and not in a good way. I wasn’t sucked into the film, wanting to uncover what was going on. It wasn’t intriguing for me. It all just came about a bit ridiculous and far-fetched. To be fair, the film started off good, I was so desperate for it to work and create a good asylum film, but then it escalated and escalated and escalated even more.
‘Sucker Pinch’ revolves around Babydoll (Emily Browning – Violet from ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’), who is sent to then Lennox House for the “mentally insane”. In order to escape from the torture and unbearable prison she’s been sent to, she instead escapes into her own mind. Due to the quick beginning, there is little emotion connecting the audience to Babydoll. This is a huge flaw in the film, we need to be able to connect to someone on screen and it was too fast pace to understand or get a sense of her character.
The trailer looks so promising. Taunting us with the idea of a thrilling mystery. Babydoll trapped inside Lennox House desperate to escape from the agony that is placed on her. Instead, her mind escapes to a fantasy world to try and find a way out. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t execute this as brilliantly as expected. It’s a shame, because the concept could have become a great one. But I just couldn’t relate to any of it watching, feeling rather disconnected from the screen. You definitely don’t want to be watching a film that you’re feeling disconnected from, finding it difficult to cling to some sort of element to keep you intrigued…
‘Sucker Punch’ has got a lot of fantasy action in it – although I can’t say I enjoyed much of that either… As a film altogether, it just seemed jumbled and hard to follow. It felt too disconnected and bizarre that just didn’t intrigue me. The acting isn’t amazing either, but a lot of it is delving into Babydoll’s brain anyway. It even has some recognisable actors in, such as Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Carla Gugino. But they aren’t memorable whatsoever. Finally, the film just felt stemmed from a Video Game, rather than a film in its own right. I guess it’s probably a film of certain taste, but it was a definite miss for me. Sadly, there wasn’t enough effort put into the actual story or plot.