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Film Fans stung with low blows from 'Sucker Punch'

Special Photo: Warner Bros.
 Emily Browning stars as Baby Doll in “Sucker Punch.” 

Special Photo: Warner Bros. Emily Browning stars as Baby Doll in “Sucker Punch.” 

1 out of 4 stars

I felt like a sucker halfway through “Sucker Punch,” so don’t waste your money on this one. The plot was stupid, the acting was bad and there was nothing special about the special effects. The word cheese comes to mind. With characters named Baby Doll, Rocket, Sweet Pea and Blondie (who was a brunette), that should give you a hint of how dumb it was.

I thought about walking out on more than one occasion. I still can’t figure out why it’s called “Sucker Punch.” If you’re expecting another “300,” forget about it. This movie is a stinker.

— Kevin Kilroe, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

This little movie spins a creative and alluring web. With an array of young actors who are well equipped for the task, a storyline that is quite remarkable, special effects so well done they are haunting and technical craft-persons who take risks to deliver a serious movie punch, this movie will surprise many people.

We begin with a dying mother and her young daughters who are at risk as their greedy stepfather plots against them. Soon we see daughter, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), in a weird girl’s home that is really a brothel that caters to high rollers. Also at the brothel is Sweet Pea, played by Abbie Cornish, who is an emerging actor with tremendous screen presence. As Baby Doll plots with the other girls on escaping, we see a series of scenes that are sheer imagination and free fall, as the escape plan unfolds.

This movie will make a ton of money and may be the total surprise of 2011.

— Rick Wright, Auburn

1 out of 4 stars

Let’s first review the true definition of “sucker punch.” According to dictionary.com, it is defined as “to strike (someone) with an unexpected blow.” After watching the movie, I had to ask myself, “Did I just get sucker punched?”

If you paid full price for this movie, I’m afraid you did.

Combine sci-fi with young girls in thigh highs, “Sailor Moon,” a smattering of “Burlesque,” then throw in a little “Sin City” action and strangeness and you get “Sucker Punch.” Word gets out quickly, because the reputable and typically crowded theater in which I saw the movie was almost empty on opening weekend.

The introduction of the characters and plot development was instant and shallow. Emily Browning plays a 20-year-old girl whose death of her mother brings out the carnal nature of her stepfather. Without giving away too much, Emily (aka Baby Doll) is committed to an insane asylum and spends the rest of the movie “passing levels,” similar to arcade gaming.

The people who might find this movie appealing are those who seek eye candy.

— Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville