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Sucker Punch Review
Vik Mackey (03/27/2011)
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Synopsis: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.

Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Issac, Carla Gugino and Scott Glenn. Written by Zack Snyder and Steve Shibuya. Directed by Zack Snyder.

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The story goes, or so I recall, after a run of phenomenally successful films in the early to late 1980s, the head of Warner Brothers gave wunderkind director Steven Spielberg carte blanche on his next project. The resulting project, EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987), was classic middle-period Spielberg, a stepping stone towards unsentimental, hard hitting drama – the kind he wouldn’t truly achieve until 2005’s MUNICH – from the fantasy adventure genre he had so thoroughly conquered and justly pigeonholed himself into. And while I consider it to be one of his more underrated films, EMPIRE is unmistakably riddled through and through with The Beard’s particular fetishes: childhood abandonment themes, WWII settings, David Lean worship, unlikely narrative wish fulfillment, and overwrought John Williams cues.

Warner Brothers is not for nothing a studio that sticks by and rewards its auteurs, deserved or not, and this is how we likewise ended up with Zack Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH, which fully lived up to the promise and expectations of its highly effective "wtf was THAT?!?" teaser and of its director’s previous output.

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As was EMPIRE to Spielberg, so was SUCKER to Snyder; in this case the fetishes so nakedly on display included (but were not limited to): blondes, speed ramping, waifs, zombies, Asians (but not Blacks), first person shooters, sisters, samurais, school uniforms, orcs, anime/comic books, Carla Gugino's décolletage, dragons, bad cover songs, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, World Wars I and II, the 1950s, robots, snowflakes, steampunk, blimps, flying, etc., etc., etc. If that’s as tiring to read as it was to write, just imagine how it was in action (the word “exhausting” came to mind).

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Your Comments:
TOTALLY agree with jwas. This was just one persons OPINION! And as we all know "opinions are like a*******, everyone's got one". I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Confusing? Yes, especially if you over analyze it. Huge message of female empowerment for victims of abuse. IMOHO.

Posted by: tonysking on 4/18/2011 6:20:07 PM
@John white: LOL. Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I pay a standard freelancer fee to accepted submissions. I'll contact you shortly.

Posted by: The Le on 4/5/2011 2:30:09 PM
Hey The Le: may I offer a counter review?

Posted by: John white on 4/4/2011 9:17:02 PM
Great visual movie but could not take top spot at box office nor scheduled against the other blockbusters. Nice eye candy though :-)

Posted by: Joe G on 4/1/2011 9:17:24 AM
I also saw it at IMAX (my first non-educational IMAX experience) and was completely entertained. It appears that most movie goers seem to think that movies should be first person shooters the entire time. If they want that, they should just stay in their bedroom and play the 95% of XBOX 360 games that come out (oh wait they already do, and stand in line to pay $65 for the next one and the next one, and...) I agree with harveytwoface, it was a good time.

Posted by: x.law22 on 3/30/2011 5:18:43 AM
Oh well. The institution was located in Brattleboro VT. About 16 miles away from where I live. That's something I suppose....mmMMmmaybe not.

Posted by: Danzig01 on 3/29/2011 6:44:09 PM
Jwas is right it is the opinion of one person.
Here's another: The movie sucks-pretty but sucks.

Posted by: Mary on 3/29/2011 8:01:35 AM
Moviegoers suffer from preview fatigue I believe. We see a great preview and think the whole movie is going to be like that or the best part was in the preview itself.
Suckerpunch is just a visual movie to watch w/kids and for what it is it is great. Plot or acting is lacking so you know what your walking into IMO.

Posted by: Larry M on 3/28/2011 2:47:22 PM
as with any review this is the opinion of one person, so if you want to go see a movie then do it, if not then don't. Don't let someone who you don't even know influence your decision about a movie. It seem that over the past few year no one has fun at the movies anymore, I think its because people over research a film before they see it, and that ruins the whole experience for them.

Posted by: jwas on 3/28/2011 1:02:10 PM
Even a good supporting actor would have made this film delightful.
Makes Avatar looks like The King's Speech.

Posted by: TommyA on 3/28/2011 12:51:32 PM
I thought the movie was very good. visually it was outstanding. The story was also very creative.

Posted by: mark on 3/27/2011 6:45:38 PM
I for one thought it was a very good movie. The visuals were awesome and my wife actually liked it too and this is not her type of movie.

Posted by: Lantern 2814.5 on 3/27/2011 6:38:59 PM
I for one disagree with this review. I saw it on imax and was blown away. the story had much more substance than I expected for a movie with "girls and guns". very dark and amazing atmospheres, brilliant concepts, and awesome ideas. I will say that the movie does lose steam towards the end, but Its definitely worth seeing, even if its a rent

Posted by: harveytwoface on 3/27/2011 6:11:12 PM
As with many things, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. I wondered if all the best scenes were right there in the trailer and they likely are. I can't stand movies that are just a con job to take your money and run. Set up to be more flash and eye candy than anything else. Thanks for the review, I've heard a lot of the same on this so far. Won't be going to it and may not even rent it.

Posted by: Thewildeman2 on 3/27/2011 12:55:45 PM
hmmm out to DVD in a week then......

Posted by: scourge101 on 3/27/2011 9:09:48 AM
Went in expecting to love it, left kinda disappointed. My girlfriend felt same way. Kinda flat, a bit pretentious, but still cool to look at.
Was worth the discounted ticket price we watched it on, but otherwise just wait for DVD or Netflix.

Posted by: Andrew on 3/27/2011 8:46:17 AM
I love how other sources of movie reviews don't ever just come out and say a movie is terrible. Don't want to hurt the economy or the studio's take. Or so PC as to not "hurt" anyones feelings. This movie should be given a trophy like kids in soccer-9th place participant.

Posted by: Bdazzle on 3/27/2011 8:31:15 AM