- 1 hr 50 min
Punch is a 2011 independent drama film starring Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, and Abbie Cornish. Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie tells the story of a young girl named Babydoll who is institutionalized by her stepfather after the death of her mother and younger sister. The movie takes place in the 1960s and opens with Babydoll (played by Browning) being taken to an insane asylum by her stepfather. There, she meets a group of other girls, including Sweet Pea (Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Hudgens), and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). The girls are all inmates at the asylum and are subjected to various forms of abuse by the staff. Babydoll quickly realizes that the only way for her to escape is to enter her own mind and create a fantasy world that will allow her to plan her escape. In this alternate reality, Babydoll is a fierce warrior who, with the help of her fellow inmates, must face off against various enemies in order to gain the items they need to escape. Meanwhile, in the real world, the girls must work together to distract the staff and gather the items that Babydoll needs for her mission. Sweet Pea, who is the leader of the group, is initially reluctant to help Babydoll, but eventually agrees to assist her. As Babydoll and her team continue to work towards their escape, they encounter various obstacles and challenges that threaten to derail their plans. Along the way, they learn more about each other and their own pasts, which strengthens their bond and their resolve to escape. One of the standout features of Punch is its visual style. The movie is full of dazzling special effects and intricate set pieces that transport the audience into Babydoll's fantasy world. The action scenes are particularly impressive, featuring intense fighting sequences that are choreographed to the beat of a pulsing soundtrack. The performances by the cast are also notable. Browning does an excellent job of portraying Babydoll's vulnerability and determination, while Cornish gives a nuanced performance as Sweet Pea, a character torn between her desire to escape and her loyalty to her sister Rocket. Hudgens, who plays the wise-cracking Amber, adds a touch of levity to the movie, providing a few much-needed moments of comic relief. Despite its impressive visuals and strong cast, Punch is not without its flaws. The movie's plot can be confusing at times, and some viewers may find it difficult to keep track of what is happening in both the real world and Babydoll's fantasy world. Additionally, some of the characters are underdeveloped, leaving the audience unsure of their motivations and backstories. Overall, Punch is an entertaining and visually stunning movie that will appeal to fans of action-adventure films. While it may not be perfect, it is a unique and memorable cinematic experience that will stay with viewers long after the credits roll.