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Sucker Punch (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy | 25 March 2011 (USA)
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A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

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Mayor / Lighter Orderly (as AC Peterson)
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Big Boss Thug / Orderly #3
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A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her abusive stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in five days' time. Faced with unimaginable odds, she retreats to a fantastical world in her imagination where she and four other female inmates at the asylum, plot to escape the facility. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her four companions, as well as a mysterious guide, fight to retrieve the five items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it's too late... Written by Anonymous

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A mind bending vision of reality from the director of Watchmen & 300. See more »

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Action | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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25 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sucker Punch: The IMAX Experience  »

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$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,058,199 (USA) (25 March 2011)

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$36,381,716 (USA) (20 May 2011)
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Trivia

First film directed by Zack Snyder that is not an adaptation. However, the movie features motifs from Lewis Carroll's novel 'Alice in Wonderland.' See more »

Goofs

Before BabyDoll saves Rocket from the cook, she is scrubbing the floor with a brush and bucket. When they run from the kitchen back out to the hallway, you can see the brush and bucket but the floor is dry. See more »

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Sweet Pea: Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.
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Crazy Credits

Behind the final credits, there are short disconnected snippets of a musical performance involving Blue, Mrs Gorski and the dancers, performing "Love is the Drug". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) See more »

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I WANT IT ALL/WE WILL ROCK YOU MASH-UP
'I Want It All' written by Queen
'We Will Rock You' written by Brian May (as Brian Harold May)
Mash-Up produced by Marius De Vries and Tyler Bates
Performed by Queen with 'Armageddon' (as Armageddon aka Geddy)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records and Queen Productions Limited
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Why Sucker Punch Works and why it will rock DVD sales
1 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I originally wrote a review the day after I saw Sucker Punch. I panned it. To me my initial feelings were rather lukewarm at best.

But then I gave it some time.

And as I went through my days afterward my mind would wander back to the story and think about the visual food for thought.

Yeah, the girls are hot. Yeah, the action is over the top, but if you look at the emotional landscape that is being explored in a more literal fashion via the action then yeah, this is a pretty cool idea.

Sometimes films come along that are a "sucker punch" in terms of originality. The general public usually reacts negatively to it which leads to poor box office results. But later on the audience has had a chance to digest what was given and revisits the film and breaths new life into it.

My prediction is that such a situation will happen with Sucker Punch. It'll probably not recoup its initial budget at the box office. People will flood the IMDb forum with reasons why it did not work. We will probably see about a few dozen threads at least where people will vent their reasons why they hate the film and why you too should not see it.

But given some time it will recoup via video sales and other distribution deals.

Why?

Because it's still a solid story. The style of the movie is an Otaku's wet dream, but overall result is still the same: it does surprise and give ample food for thought.

Think of it as stylized parable about repression, personal will and sacrifice. Because sooner or later after all the negative backlash and reviews blow by those emotional messages will be all that will be left.

And people will remember it for that reason.


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