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Sucker Punch

A 2011 fantasy-action film directed by Zack Snyder.

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Sucker Punch

  • May 2, 2011
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This is clearly the fantasy of Zack Snyder and pretty much every male geek that the movie was marketed to. However, I am not into girls, so the hot girls in the movie had not influenced me to go and see this. Sucker Punch was a fantastically entertaining movie in my opinion, although it definitely has its problems. If you have read my Guilty Pleasures in Film blog, then you know that I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with style over substance, as long as the style is well done. Well, the style and the action in here is terrific and the movie is a great action movie for it. However, the critics consensus is entirely right.

The story (or what I could make sense of the story) was about Babydoll (Emily Browning), a girl who is committed by her stepfather after some events that happen in the first ten minutes of the movie. She is set to be lobotomized and she works in a burlesque show with four other girls. Every time she dances, she lets her mind escape and kick-ass action scenes ensue. The following ninety minutes is pretty much just a sexed up prison break movie peppered with great visuals and great action. The story did have problems, seeing as some times it was damn near incomprehensible, and it does borrow a ton of stuff from other movies. There is a very Tron-esque battle scene in the middle of the movie, the dragon scene was also very similar to Harry Potter. Plus, it draws from a lot of movies like Kill Bill, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Shutter Island, among countless others. The tagline for the movie was that You Will Be Unprepared, but I have to say that I was fully prepared for this movie. It was still awesome, but I was expecting much more.

The acting, well, the acting was bad. Babydoll is played by Emily Browning (AKA Violet in the Series of Unfortunate Events that unfortunately never got turned into a series) and she was very bland in this movie, as was pretty much everyone else. The villain was played by Oscar Isaacs, and his character served the purpose of the pimp in the burlesque show and was the person that was making the money off of the lobotomy. May I say, he was actually pretty good and actually somewhat menacing as the villain. The others are not worth remarking upon, and while the girls certainly are pretty and ass-kicking, in this movie (i'm sure they've acted well in other movies) they can't act worth shit.

Now, let me give credit where credit is due. The action kicks ass and the visuals are fantastic, possibly even Oscar-worthy. However, if this is the best of the year in terms of visuals, then it will be a very disappointing year for movies. The action, like I said, borrows from a ton of other movies. However, I wasn't expecting a great movie and I was entertained pretty much from beginning to end. I'm actually surprised they didn't release this movie in 3D, but I'm glad they didn't. The art direction in this film was also splendid and it was sensory overload to the extreme. I haven't seen any other Zack Snyder movies as of now, but seeing this really makes me want to. Not much else to say but style over substance, and what style!

Another one of the problems in the movie was that the concept probably would have worked better as a videogame and the movie oftentimes felt more like a music video or a videogame rather than a movie. However, it was a wholly entertaining action picture and probably the best non-animated film I've seen in 2011 thus far. Judging by the reviews, you'll probably either love or hate this one, but I just liked it. Spectacular visuals but bad characterization and story. I suppose if you like action or if you like Snyder's previous works, you'll probably like this one. However, if you don't, watch at your own discretion.

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Quick Tip by . March 23, 2011
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I'm very excited about Sucker Punch.  I'm a bit mixed on Zack Snyder's work, but I'm hoping that Sucker Punch falls in line with the brilliance of Watchmen and doesn't get  caught up in visual displays like 300.  Of course, explosions, hot chicks with big guns, and a cool soundtrack doesn't hurt this film's chances in my book!
Quick Tip by . March 24, 2011
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This weekend my daughter and myself ventured out to the show to see a new movie called "Sucker Punch", the name does not tell the whole story, so you have to see this to tell what it is all about. This movie is 109 minutes of action, fantasy, and thriller scenes. So, if this is what you are looking for in a movie, then yes you will be quite pleased with all of the action and computer graphics that this movie has to offer. In my book this show is done very well and it will keeps you in your seat during the whole 109 minutes of run time. This is rated "PG-13", this is definitely not for the younger crowd, even though the 12 and younger crowd would probably enjoy this because of its intense action scenes, it may give them nightmares because of all of the violence that you will see in this show.
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Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Release Date: March 25, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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