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MrFilmnatic's avatar


When I had first seen the trailer, I thought: "Wow--I'm not a big fan of Zack Snyder but this trailer looks awesome! And seeing as this is his first original story, this could be a worthwhile experience." I really wanted to like it, I really did. But, alas, I didn't--and this was even after watching the Director's Cut.

Apparently this film was supposed to be a critique of the sci-fi fantasy geek fandom and the sexism that is a rather rampant quality of the male-dominated realm. Sadly, the film fails to do such a thing as it instead embodies what it is trying to satirize. The female leads are all acted quite poorly (especially Baby Doll, played by Emily Browning) and their characters are very underdeveloped--not exactly helping the supposed cause. They are reduced to being mere sexual images that must resort to entering their imaginations in order to gain any willpower to fight back against their oppressors. I don't consider myself a feminist at all, but this film becomes quite misogynistic at times and that is a bit uncomfortable.

The visual style is intoxicating--and not necessarily in a good way. All of the computer-generated effects look pristine and sharp, but they are coupled to action sequences that are over-abundant and boisterous, leaving the audience with little breathing room in-between each one. What should've been exciting and fun turns dull and irritating.

The story jumps around from dream world to dream world so much that the fantasies start to blur in one's mind. It becomes random, an unregulated mess of segments thrown together to appeal to those with a short attention span. Honestly, I haven't seen a sci-fi fantasy geek's wet dream bigger than this since Heavy Metal.

Also--this may just be a personal gripe--but I dislike Zack Snyder's use of slow-motion. It wasn't as bad in this film as it was in some of his previous works, such as his adaptations of "300" and "Watchmen", but he seems to use it whenever possible and it becomes tedious to watch as you just want the story to keep moving along.

That being said, the film was a laudable attempt. Failed, yes, but laudable, especially for a director who's been trying so hard to appeal to the geek fandom and finally had enough of their harsh criticism. In addition, the music is surprisingly enthralling. Most of the songs are not original but are redone in a captivating way that tries its best to set the mood for the trainwrecks of scenes they accompany.

In conclusion, Sucker Punch is a film that had potential but got lost in its illusions of grandeur. It's all about the style and lacks the substance. Is it the worst film ever? No, but it is far from being good.

9 years 7 months ago
badblokebob's avatar


I think there's more to this film than some people are prepared to see/accept. Having for various reasons encountered plenty of mentally ill people, there's a perhaps surprising degree of truth in some of things that the movie is, perhaps, presenting.

That said, I'm not even convinced Snyder's aware of how well he executed that element, and some of the action sequences are too overblown and drag on (the 'distant planet' one especially, I thought).

Mixed feelings on this one, then, but I do think some people write it off too readily. It's not necessarily as mindless as it looks.
10 years 1 month ago
Aldy's avatar


If you're not into girls with slutty outfits slashing orcs, dragons, cyborgs and steampunk nazis while in reality sexually abused and raped, don't watch this movie..
10 years 3 months ago
ritaonagai's avatar


Music video after music video after music video.
Not that I'm complaining about it!
10 years 5 months ago
govinddk4444's avatar


I actually did like this movie...
9 years ago
smeggers's avatar


Visually spectacular with a string of crazy action sequences. Terrific soundtrack. The storyline was not strong though & the acting could have been much better.
9 years 5 months ago
Alon's avatar


Somthing that defently is special and artistic more then it seems.
Got action, a nice story line, and very original.
More an art work then a movie, but very enjoyable.

Plus, Great sountrack, got some bjork in there.
10 years 3 months ago
Nahus's avatar


I loved it!!!!! Can I check it twice when I wacht it again? Pleeease?

10 years 6 months ago
iawia's avatar


People are co clueless about movies.
6 years 12 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


In a way there is a place for graphic novel movies of this caliber because it can be used as a teaching tool of what can go wrong when you get lost in the stylistic environment. Snyder was clearly attempting to go for something epic here but the small amount of strong points the movie has are beaten to death by the messy camerawork and plotline. Everything that makes a bad graphic novel movie is showcased here. The extreme slow-mo to the point of being boring, the overused CGI environments to the point that the watcher's eyes start to hurt, and the fatal flaw of totally abandoning substance for the sake of style.
7 years 5 months ago
hurrenp's avatar


Plays out just like a video game, which is not a compliment.
8 years 6 months ago
maxdbn's avatar


awesome badass trailer
but the movie itself is crap
8 years 8 months ago
greenhorg's avatar


Inception: Dreams within dreams increasingly look like video game levels.

Sucker Punch: Fantasies within fantasies increasingly look like video game levels.

Ok, I solved the riddle; the pattern can end now.
9 years 7 months ago
hakanc's avatar


definitely against violence. No blood. It tells us a way of a clean entertainment. war movies witout war. I fall in love.
9 years 11 months ago
PKing's avatar


One of the best introductory scene I have ever seen.

Good sound track.

Maybe underrated.
9 years 11 months ago

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