Zack Snyder’s long-awaited cinematic mind-trip “Sucker Punch” finally hits theaters today. 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 today’s release, we’ve profiled each one right here on MTV Movies Blog all week. We’ve already highlighted Amber (Jamie Chung), Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). Today we look at the last of the ladies, Babydoll, played by Emily Browning.
As the star of the show, Browning has the most difficult job in “Sucker Punch.” Her character is painted more by actions than by words, and it’s not a genre she has a ton of experience with in her past work. Her most memorable role up until this point was probably “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” though Browning has also done horror (“The Uninvited,” “Darkness Falls,” “Ghost Ship”), black comedy (“Stranded”) and even some light action (“Ned Kelly”).
Babydoll is the woman wielding the paintbrush, the person responsible for creating the fantasy and the fantasies-within-the-fantasy that unfold. Her “skill” is her dancing ability, which is powerful enough to hypnotize those who are caught in its fury. We never actually see her truly dance, as each of these moments transports us to the second layer of fantasy-reality where most of the movie’s action unfolds. During these sequences, Browning specializes in being a multi-talented badass. She shoots, she punches and kicks, she dashes, spins, jumps and slides. Nothing can stop her and no one can stand in her way.
None. Zero. Zip. Babydoll is quiet and not an immediately obvious leader, but she inspires her fellow inmates to follow her and to fight beside her. Time and again, she leads the pack in making sure each mission is completed successfully. And when a final, decisive choice is presented to her, Babydoll takes the hard road and doesn’t look back.
This one’s easy. Babydoll’s first visit to the second layer of reality is a solo outing, where she meets the Wise Man (Scott Glenn) for the first time. In the action sequence that follows, she faces off against three colossal samurai warrior-monsters. You’ve probably already gathered that she emerges victorious, but knowing she wins and seeing her win are two very different things.
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