Excerpt: For his fifth film, filmmaker Zack Snyder builds upon techniques developed during his previous movies to combine a number of ideas and influences into a melting pot of genres in which the action ultimately wins out over the actual story.
Excerpt: And mostly what it promises is action heavy fantasy with a small side dish of titillation. Young Babydoll (Emily Browning) has been locked away in the local insane asylum after a family tragedy - women in prison, check. To cope with the hopelessness of her situation and avoid thinking about her upcoming appointment with a lobotomy scheduled, Babydoll retreats into a fantasy world where the psyche world is actually a brothel - sex with a dash of rape fantasy, check.
Excerpt: One of those movies that should have been super rad, given that it’s about a bunch of hot chicks in skimpy outfits with big guns and martial arts skills out to stick it to ‘the man,’ Zack Snyder’s 2011 CGI opus Sucker Punch hardly set the world on fire – in fact, it fizzled at the box office and generally took in negative reviews. The film isn’t a total waste of time, however – it’s just really freakin’ uneven.
Excerpt: Maybe no one should have talked during Sucker Punch, then movie audiences would have grasped the film is nothing more than a glorious, rambunctious mind trip. That’s all it needs to be, characterization simple, solidified by Zack Snyder’s use of a slow motion montage in the opening moments, probably the only director who can still get away with it in this post- Matrix Hollywood. It’s nearly impossible to get across what Snyder was doing with this material in words.
Excerpt: The Film There has been no shortage of over-the-top action films in recent years. The truth is that those based on video games ( Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat , etc.) tend to miss the mark - but then again most video games based on movies tend to somehow simultaneously both blow and suck. The truth is that movies based on comic books tend to be very much hit or miss as well.
Excerpt: After four successful adaptations of previous source material—including one remake ( Dawn of the Dead ), two comic book adaptations ( 300 and Watchmen ) and a film based on a children's book ( Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole )—"visionary" director Zack Snyder finally delivered his first original film with 2011's Sucker Punch .
Conclusion: I only liked Sucker Punch for the action, the girls and the music, basically, for all the wrong reasons. There’s not much really here folks except a wild MTV music video set to a pretty divine soundtrack (interestingly enough…much of the cast lends their vocal talent to it). It’s shallow and dense and unlike Shallow Hal , there’s no real story worth telling here. It could have been and should have been so much more.
Conclusion: Sucker Punch lost me early on and never managed to pull me back in. Snyder calls it female empowerment, but I call shenanigans. At least its Blu-ray release makes the most of its namesake. Its dazzling high definition video transfer is terrific, its DTS-HD Master Audio track is aggressive and absorbing, and its supplemental package -- well, its Maximum Movie Mode experience -- is far better than the film itself.
Excerpt: Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. "Sucker Punch" is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her. And her incredible adventures blur the liens between what's real and what is imaginary.