Sucker Punch (2011)
Critic Consensus: It's technically impressive and loaded with eye-catching images, but without characters or a plot to support them, all of Sucker Punch's visual thrills are for naught.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Zack Snyder|
|Written By:||Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya|
|In Theaters:||Mar 25, 2011 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jun 28, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Sucker Punch
Gun-toting hotties combat assorted villains and their robot henchmen in this tawdry, repellent action fantasy.
Snyder likes to think that his Russian nesting doll of a concept is enough to excuse its hollow center.
Sucker Punch is an example of what happens when creativity derails. It's a sensory overload of utter garbage on every level possible.
Snyder was aiming for more than an action-packed popcorn flick -- making it hard to ignore that the filmmaker, much like Babydoll, temporarily lost his footing in reality.
Audience Reviews for Sucker Punch
After reading a handful of reviews in the morning I plopped down into my theater seat with about maybe a dozen other males. Yep the target audience via the trailers but I think after several viewings of this people may think twice about the ridiculously low scores, reviews, ratings they are giving this movie.
So for two hours I was treated or tortured by Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. First off it is Zack Snyder, If you have seen 300, Watchmen or Legend of the Guardians you know what I mean, cue the slo-mo. Also on the bad, if the idea was to take theater speakers and break them with a classic rock soundtrack on steroids, mission successful. At moments I have to admit I felt like I was watching a two hour music video.
But I kept watching and while I was expecting a incoherent jumble of a plot I got well a incoherent jumble of apblot that was subtle and nuanced. The reviews you are going to read are going to say this was just a Maxim eye candy fest or some other nonsense about the women being dressed skimpy and that is that.
That is not it. The movie is about them fighting for their survival. The plot I admit if one doesn)t pay attention is hard to grasp at times but I kept watching for the little bits of this or that, that brought the movie together for me. I feel many other viewers will be overblown by the movies over the top action.
And it is indeed over the top action at its finest. The action sequences in this movie are some of the best ive seen in a long time. There is no doubt that Snyder can film action. The movie has a very stylized look to it just like 300 and Watchmen. You can tell this is a Snyder film.
Many reviews will talk about the comic book feel the bad dialogue etc. For Snyder this is his first film based on his own material and it shows. The acting when they talk is not the best, but to me the actors seemed more like chess pieces being moved around the board to the end. I did not really need much talk. The movie did a good job of telling itself to me.
Sitting here trying to put this into words, if 300 was about good looking men destroying the enemy, well Sucker Punch is all about good looking women laying it all on the line for their survival and kicking ass along the way.
The hyperstylized visuals are spectacular and a total delight, but they are not exactly enough to compensate for an empty plot that is almost uninvolving. The idea of mixing wuxia, war movies, Nazi zombies and robots is indeed curious but not sufficient to be worth your attention.
Zack Snyder has always crafted visually appealing picture, and his style is unique, kinetic and intense. With Sucker Punch he delivers all his trademark filmmaking techniques to create an action film that looks great, but falls a bit flat in terms of story. For me, Sucker Punch was decent popcorn entertainment, but I also wanted more. The cast were good, but the script never gives them much to work with. This is one of those movies that never realizes its potential, and leaves the viewer wanting more. The idea is good, but at the same time it feels too ambitious without actually adding anything truly memorable, and in the long run, it's a forgettable movie, worth only seeing once. Of all of Snyder's films, I'd say that this his least accomplished one. The film has a great visual style, good action, but little story. If the script would have been rewritten, then maybe this film really would have succeeded. Sucker Punch isn't awful, but it's not a good film either. For me, I found the film decent, but it left me wanting more, and Zack Snyder has done far better work than this. However he redeemed himself with the highly entertaining Man of Steel. This picture tries too hard at being grand, and it loses its power halfway through, and the result is never really satisfying. Most of the scenes just don't seem to gel together, and in the long run, it never really makes sense. Sucker Punch is not beyond awful, but it does leave a lot to be desired as well. Don't go into this one expecting a great film, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for Snyder's weakest directorial effort, then look no further than this one.
Sucker Punch Quotes
|Wise Man:||The fifth thing is a mystery. It is the reason; it is the goal. It will be a deep sacrifice and a perfect victory. Only you can find it. And if you do, it will set you free.|
|Babydoll:||This was never my story. It's yours. Now, don't screw it up, okay?|
|Babydoll:||You'll never have me... EVER. [kicks Blue down]|
|Sweet Pea:||Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.|
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