Sucker Punch (12A)

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Tue Mar 29 2011

Zack Snyder’s bloodless mash-up of comic-book fantasy, kick-ass action and teenage wish-fulfilment thinks it’s a smart subversion of submissive female stereotypes. In fact, it comes across as the sad wet dream of a middle-aged man raised on the reductive archetypes of comic-books and computer games.

Committed to a 1950s mental asylum by her step-father, Babydoll (Emily Browning) escapes from the grim reality of past abuse, cruel male guards and theatre-based therapy by conjuring up worlds in which she and fellow inmates fight giant samurais, steam-powered World War I zombies, flame-breathing dragons or robots. But Babydoll could be just a fantasy of Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), whose survival strategy is to create a liberating, movie-inflected version of her relationships with her kid sister Rocket (Jena Malone) and fellow inmates Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung). In these alternate worlds, the Wise Man (Scot Glenn) offers the incarcerated girls freedom through violence – or, more precisely, male fantasies in which they strip down to their underwear and literally battle with their demons.

As in ‘300’ and ‘Watchmen’, Snyder pulverises our senses with derivative digital images and obvious musical choices. But his failure to delineate the levels of ‘reality’ is confusing and self-defeating. Carla Gugino vamps it up as the Polish-accented drama therapist/brothel madam, Oscar Isaac is convincing as the asylum guard/pimp and the female actors are left to emoting and fighting in their pants.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Apr 1, 2011

Duration:

114 mins

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Marsellus

If Hubba Bubba made a film, they would make Sucker Punch. This film is pretty much devoid of any meaning or point. It's as if MTV decided to remake One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. The acting is pretty bland and the slo-mo fight scenes get tiring after a while. The only plus point is all the twenty-somethings running about in knickers and stockings. That being said, it's not enough to actually make this film enjoyable. Snyder's worst film so far.

A

I am a 17 year old boy. and I can say that this movie definitely worth my time. Its visuals were great, sound track was amazing and the plot against all the comments here was outstanding. Not all movies have to be about gore and violence, presumably what Zack believed too. Of course bloody messy scenes could've been adapted in to this movie easily but the movie is dark enough with the way it is now, and the addition of those scenes would've shifted the main focus. This movie gives a unique insight of a girl who is left all alone, abused by her stepfather and killed her sister by mistake. She learns that she has the power to make a difference like all of us do. Butterfly effect... Other then that if you're just looking for a classic thriller - action movie don't go to see this movie because it is something more then that.

A

I am a 17 year old boy. and I can say that this movie definitely worth my time. Its visuals were great, sound track was amazing and the plot against all the comments here was outstanding. Not all movies have to be about gore and violence, presumably what Zack believed too. Of course bloody messy scenes could've been adapted in to this movie easily but the movie is dark enough with the way it is now, and the addition of those scenes would've shifted the main focus. This movie gives a unique insight of a girl who is left all alone, abused by her stepfather and killed her sister by mistake. She learns that she has the power to make a difference like all of us do. Butterfly effect... Other then that if you're just looking for a classic thriller - action movie don't go to see this movie because it is something more then that.

Marcia

@MBATTY: You've missed out "intelligent", i.e. "and i must say if you don't like this film then you must be either female or a homosexual, or intelligent."

Leo

John, why so serious? Like you I am a poof. I don't see how MBATTY has been offensive. He did use the "prescribed" acceptable term. It's tetchy queens like you that give us a bad name, love. And lobotomies is a procedure to remove your personality. Looks like we're too late for you. Sucker Punch was sh*t.

John

Frank: As someone with a recorded IQ of 152 - no lobotomy needed, thank you. MBATTY: As a gay man, I find your last comment to be very offensive - I absolutely loved the film (some of us concentrated on the storyline and not on the clothing - or lack thereof!).

John

Frank: As someone with a recorded IQ of 152 - no lobotomy needed, thank you. MBATTY: As a gay man, I find your last comment to be very offensive - I absolutely loved the film (some of us concentrated on the storyline and not on the clothing - or lack thereof!).

Meg

I really don't understand why this is getting such low reviews! I'm female and 16 and it's spectacular! The soundtrack is amazing and the plot itself is outstanding, I've recommended it to everyone i know

Meg

I really don't understand why this is getting such low reviews! I'm female and 16 and it's spectacular! The soundtrack is amazing and the plot itself is outstanding, I've recommended it to everyone i know

MBATTY

Read all the comments, mostly negative and i must say if you don't like this film then you must be either female or a homosexual...

ed

Also wanted to add, that this is quite a rare blockbuster in that it isn't a remake, noval/comic adapt/ computer game etc...It's an original idea... Doesn't mean it's good. But this is something to be celebrated in this age of Hollywood timidity...

ed

Went to see this because I've enjoyed all of Zack Snyder's movies up to now (didn't see the Owl one). similair criticism was angled at 300. But for me this Snyder's first misstep. Woeful plotting, mostly meaningless. Great visuals aside (everyone relax, what's wrong with appreciating girls dressed this way!) and good fights...it was essentially lame. It dared to be original but has turned out to be the HUDSON HAWK of it's day. Hopefully this will be the end of CGI-heavy films... I felt like I was being bashed on the head with a biscuit tin for 2 hours.... Not horrendous, certainly not the worst film of the year... That would be THE TOURIST..(I saw it 1st of Jan)... Just a brave idea, sooooooooooo wide of the mark...

smudge

i went in having read reviews, so my hopes were not high...luckily. The slowed down fight scences were ok, the special effects were ok, nothing truly spectacular, storyline was there...sort of...although a couple of times i had to ask myself what just happened or why? will i be recommending this to my friends - no. Will i buy it on dvd - no, i wouldnt want to waste my money twice on the same film. For the effects alone i am giving this a genourous 2 stars.

frank

Watching this film a number of times would indeed give you a unique insight: it'd be roughly equivalent to giving yourself a lobotomy. But then, if you enjoyed it, John, you probably need one.

John

I think the first 4 reviewers of this film missed the entire point of the film. Yes, it's a very dark film about a very dark subject but it's so not about "titillation", it's about taking back control as much as possible (in whichever form - reality or dream) and making a difference. No threat? Of course there wasn't - that's the point of dreams! Did you expect a happy ending? Take a look at the news - life doesn't always have happy endings. I think this is going to be one of those films you have to watch a number of times to fully appreciate it.

Ian

Words can not truly describe how awful this movie is. The only people I can see enjoying this film would be single lonely men in slow motion and freeze frame on their own on a dvd. In years to come Abbie Cornish and Emily Browning will look back on this with embarassment. The first question to ask is why did do many well known actresses and actors sign up for this rubbish? Things must be very slow for Vanessa Hudgens after High Street Musical because that can be the only reason she signed up for a role that consists of little more than teenage male titilation in a corset and stockings. The gratuitous down the cleavage shots will be appreciated by the films target audience but few others. Two hours of my life that I won't get back.