Between the out-of-control characters, insane parties and Harmony Korine’s highly stylized presentation, “Spring Breakers” is really something you need to see to believe.
It’s spring break, but instead of ditching the dorms for beaches and booze, Faith, Brit, Cotty and Candy (Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Vanessa Hudgens) are stuck at school. While Faith hangs out with her prayer group, Brit, Cotty and Candy opt to fix their spring break funding issue by robbing a local restaurant. Soon enough, the ladies are rolling in cash and ready to head to St. Petersburg, Florida for the time of their lives.
After a few days of living the dream, “finding themselves,” and making unforgettable memories, the party is crashed by the cops and the girls are arrested. Having spent all their hard-earned restaurant money on drugs and scooters, they’re doomed to do jail time until someone posts their bail – a local drug king and self-proclaimed “BallR,” Alien (James Franco).
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High expectations can be a killer. Unfortunately for director Zack Snyder, he works extra hard to insert an insanely high outlook into every single thing that he does and lately, it seems to backfire big time. His brain is geared towards directing and visuals and that doesn’t serve him well as a writer. Whereas the basic concept of Sucker Punch combined with Snyder’s keen eye for the visually incredible had immense prospects, it diluted the script. Spectacular imagery without a sensible and engaging story isn’t a film, it’s a mere spectacle.
After the death of her mother, a series of ill-fated events wrongfully lands Baby Doll (Emily Browning) in the Lennox House for the Mentally Insane. Rather than do what they can to rehabilitate her, the staff accepts a bribe from Baby Doll’s sinister and greedy stepfather to lobotomize her. Just as the doctor’s about to hammer his ice pick through her skull, we’re whisked away to an alternate world, Blue’s (Oscar Isaac) club. That’s where she unites with Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung).
While this may be a step up from the hospital, Blue’s club is still very much a prison. If the girls don’t dance, they serve no purpose and Blue has no trouble eliminating his excess baggage. While at first, Baby Doll can’t seem to get in the groove, once she let’s loose and finally dances, she discovers she has the power to not only mesmerize spectators with her techniques, but transport herself to yet another world. It’s in this new realm that she meets the Wise Man (Scott Glenn) and learns that with the help of the other girls and four objects, they can all escape.
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