Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sleeping Beauty (2011) - DVD Review

Starring Emily Browning and Rachael Blake.
Directed by Julia Leigh.

A perfect example of an artist thinking she's saying something by not saying anything at all. Emily Browning is even more objectified here than she was in Sucker Punch, as a cypher named Lucy who takes a job as a sleeping beauty, meaning she allows herself to be drugged and unconscious while creepy old men do whatever they want with her.

At one point we know Lucy needs the money. She's on the verge of getting kicked out of her apartment, but then she sets fire to a $100 bill she's earned to watch it burn. So what motivates her? We never know.  It doesn't work on any level, and if I redid my Worst Ten of 2011 list, it'd make the cut.

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