Zack Snyder’s long-awaited cinematic mind-trip “Sucker Punch” finally hits theaters this Friday. At the center of the story are five women, all of them inmates at the fictional Lennox House for the Mentally Insane. They’re also exotic dancers, and ass-kicking warriors as well. The film’s most intense action unfolds in a sort of fantasy reality. The less said about it here, the better; what you need to know is that each of the five Lennox inmates get to show off their particular talents during these sequences.
To get you in the mood for Friday’s release, we’re profiling each one right here on MTV Movies Blog all week. We’ve already highlighted Amber (Jamie Chung), and today we’re showcasing Rocket, played by Jena Malone.
Most of you probably know Malone best as the female lead in “Donnie Darko.” She is perhaps the most well-known of the incarcerated fivesome, though Vanessa Hudgens’ “High School Musical” fame gives her a run for her money. Malone has a ton of experience with genre films, including horror (“Ruins”), period drama (“Pride & Prejudice”), regular drama (“The Messenger”) and comedy (“Saved!”). This is her first pure action movie, and she definitely rises to the challenge.
In short, courage under fire. Rocket is nimble too, and she slides across the battlefield with grace, but her chief asset is her willingness to get the job done, no matter the cost. She is an asset to her team again and again not just for getting herself into the right place at the right time, but also for doing so without fear.
As much as it is an asset, Rocket’s courageousness is also a drawback at times. As the younger sister to fellow inmate Sweet Pea, she has developed a false sense of security from having an older sibling around to protect her. This gets her into trouble on more than one occasion.
Unfortunately, Rocket’s most memorable moment is also a fairly hefty plot spoiler. You’ll know it when you see it, no question. Just listen for the movie’s outstanding cover of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
Check back with us throughout the week for more “Sucker Punch” coverage, and tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!