Sucker Punch – Movie Review

24 03 2011

Sucker Punch is from director Zack Snyder, who also did 300 and Watchmen. If you have seen those two films, you might notice that Snyder has a very strong style, and it’s no different here. Sucker Punch is marketed towards the video game crowd with a trailer full of skimpy-dressed girls, swords, guns, monsters, and lots of explosions. Sadly, everything in the trailer is everything you will be getting.

Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone play the three girls that this film focuses on. There are little back-stories to each of them but they were not interesting in the least. Jamie Chung and Vanessa Hudgens appears for the sake of having some familiar faces around, but they weren’t terrible by any means. The best acting job here is either Abbie Cornish or Jena Malone but that isn’t saying much. Dialogue is all clichéd and boring, most of which you want to just skip and get to the action.

Speaking of action, the action scenes here are all what you would expect from a Zack Snyder film. Slow-motion is used to do the usual bullet time effect, together with lots of camera spinning which makes you giddy for a bit. The first action scene in the film has Emily Browning’s character Babydoll taking on three giant samurai, one of which is firing a giant machine gun. It’s loud and stylistic like the rest of the action scenes, and it’s actually pretty enjoyable. However, after seeing these girls kill zombies, dragons, and robots in various different dream sequences, it does get tiresome after a while and my ears were ringing after I stepped out of the theater.

The concept of Sucker Punch reminded me of Inception because the girls have to go into these imaginary sequences to complete their missions. None of these dream settings make any sense whatsoever, but at least I was interested to see how they were going to succeed. This film also reminded me of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as the girls have to collect five items, just like how Scott Pilgrim has to go through seven villains. Whenever you get this kind of “numbered” stories, you always keep count in your head and are just waiting for that final one. Sucker Punch falls victim to this type of story telling, and an unsatisfying conclusion left me confused.

Sucker Punch feels like a video game, but I bet you can get more bang for your buck if you just went to play an actual video game. All the visual effects were fun to watch, but in the end I didn’t care for any of the characters. After sitting through two hours of loud explosions and gunfire, I’m starting to fear for the upcoming Superman movie “from the director of 300, Watchmen, and Sucker Punch“.

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15 responses

26 03 2011
scarletsp1der

I can definitely see where the film reminded you of both Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs The World! For such a “unique movie” it’s interesting that it resembles so many others! You’re right!

Nice review!

26 03 2011
Ipodman

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Yea the movie feels like lots of other movies mashed together… Especially Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

26 03 2011
dunkoftheday

i’m excited to see this movie either way, nice post!

27 03 2011
Ipodman

Thanks! 🙂

30 03 2011
The Smart Girls' SciFi blog

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30 03 2011
Kim

I really like the slo-mo effect, but Snyder is using it far too often in my eyes.

Btw. I think that the new Superman can’t be good. Have you seen the last one with Brandon Routh? I didn’t know what that was about! :S

30 03 2011
Ipodman

Well, the slo-mo / 950 degrees camera spinning is just his style… which is actually a double edged sword because despite being unique, do you really want to sit through 2 hours of that…

And yea, Superman Returns with Brandon Routh was quite bad, and that was very surprising because it’s from Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men 1 & 2! (Two of my favourite Superhero movies!)

30 03 2011
Kim

I know that it’s his style, but he doesn’t have to use it in every single movie. People get bored by it :S

Superman Returns was from the same director as X-Men 1&2??? That’s quite surprising to me as well, because I really liked the first 3 X-Men Movies.

31 03 2011
Ipodman

I don’t mind him doing it in every movie, that’s what he does anyway… but in the end I don’t care about any of the characters or the story, so I don’t know what’s the point of the movie. Maybe he should just direct music videos instead :/

3 04 2011
Pinoy Direk

Nice review. I agree with some of what you wrote up there. 🙂

Please do check out my interpretation for Sucker Punch. http://pinoydirek.blogspot.com/2011/04/interpreting-sucker-punch.html

17 04 2011
The Hook

Good job!

6 07 2011
cineramaetcetera

Haha, your thoughts are exatly the same as mine as I was watching the movie. I was like, stop it with the slomos already. 300 seems to be the only good movie from Snyder so far. I didn’t care much for Watchmen either. Great review!

6 07 2011
Ipodman

Thanks! Slo-mo aside, I think the main problem is still the uninteresting story and characters.

6 07 2011
cineramaetcetera

true. i saw it on dvd and fast forwarded through most of the dream sequences because the characters were trying too darned hard to breathe life into the story that was defective, but they themselves were unrelateable

6 07 2011
Ipodman

On the bright side, this movie is great for showing off your home theater system 😐

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