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Sucker Punch (Steelbook)
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Aug 12, 2011 By: Jacob Riley
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Director:
Zack Snyder

Actors:
Emily Browing
Vanessa Hudgens
Abbie Cornish

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Abused and abandoned to a mental asylum a girl seeks escape in her own alternate reality within her head. This dream world is a place filled with danger, challenges, waring armies and giant samurai robots with swords and Gatling guns but a quest for mysterious items contained within may just hold the key to her freedom.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SUCKER PUNCH is a visually beautiful film and what it lacks real substance it tries to make up with hot girls in skimpy outfits kicking ass. That is not inherently a bad thing, but I was really hoping for something more from director Zack Snyder, I felt WATCHMEN proved he had chops to tell a great story while retaining his trademark hyper-visual style but SUCKER PUNCH just missed the target.

I don't think it is the plot that dooms SUCKER PUNCH to mediocrity, the premise is simple enough and if you have ever played a video game should be all too familiar, it's a classic "find items to accomplish your quest" adventure story and while it is not exactly a fresh premise it is definitely one that can be molded into a unique and great story. The way Snyder attempted to make it unique is in the alternate realities of the man character, it is kind of a hyper-violent "steampunk" WIZRD OF OZ and while that idea probably sounded awesome on paper it didn't quite transfer over to the final product.

The story went wrong is it went too deep into Baby Doll's (Emily Browning) dreamscape and used it as a crutch to try to prop the rest of the film around it. It is the victim of it's own stimulating visual success and every other aspect of SUCKER PUNCH takes a back seat to the slo-mo, the fight scenes, high fantasy and the ass-kicking babes leaving only an incredible basic plot for the audience follow. The bare bones were in place but nobody took the time to flesh it out, don't expect much in the way of character development either.

If there is one thing SUCKER PUNCH does knock out of the park though it is the fight scenes. They are pretty ridiculous (That Gatling gun samurai robot from the trailers is only the beginning, there be dragons!) but the girls aren't powderpuffs and they fairly convincingly pass as action stars, cute action stars none-the-less. The choreography is expertly done and it feels very much like you are watching a kickass steampunk martial arts flick on more than one occasion. If what draws you into watching SUCKER PUNCH is cute chicks in skimpy clothes (I'm not above it either, don't worry) then you'll stay for the fight scenes that rival the young actresses in beauty.

One of the things SUCKER PUNCH dropped the ball on was the transitions between realities. If I was following correctly there were three of these realities being juggled throughout the film, the real world of the asylum, a high class brothel and a dreamscape full of all kinds of what-the-f*ckery and SUCKER PUNCH jumps from one to the other but in incohesive ways and just when one reality is getting it's groove you are whisked away and transplanted in one of the other two and it is a major momentum killer.

SUCKER PUNCH has gotten a lot of hate and mixed reviews but you should admire Zack Snyder finally having a shot and balls to make an completely original and uniquely visual film. These types of pet projects don't always work out, but talented filmmakers like Snyder should never stop trying.
THE EXTRAS
The copy of SUCKER PUNCH being reviewed here is the Steelbook edition and much like the film the case contains it is aesthetically pleasing but lacks substance. There are, however, a bevvy of extras to explore.

There are two cuts of SUCKER PUNCH included on this release, the theatrical and the extended cut which clocks in at an extra 17-minutes.

Bonus disc featuring a Digital Copy of the film.

SUCKER PUNCH: Animated Shorts:A few motion comments that add a little back story to the dreamscape sequences, an overall cool addition.

Behind the Soundtrack: A short featurette on the music featuring Snyder and others.

Extended Cut: Maximum Movie Mode: I love this feature, it was great with WATCHMEN and it is welcomed on SUCKER PUNCH. Zack Snyder goes into detail about every aspect of the film, he is a wealth of knowledge. I am a sucker for DVD commentaries and Maximum Movie Mode is kind of like that, but on steroids.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If stunning visuals and fight choreography are your thing SUCKER PUNCH may be worth a rental on Blu-ray because it really does look amazing and your eyes will thank you. However in every other aspect Zack Snyder's vision fell flat in theaters and hasn't really improved here. The extended cut of the film adds back in some more of the dreamscape sequences padding the films strongest aspect but not adding a whole lot to the overall story. SUCKER PUNCH isn't horrible by any stretch but it for all of the aesthetics it is pretty bland.

Everything else aside SUCKER PUNCH has Carla Gugino sporting a ridiculously sexy accent and that is something we can all get behind.
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7:41AM on 08/13/2011

Finally

I personally loved this movie but I know alot of people hate it. Finally though, a fair and objective review. Not a "Fuck Zack Snyder!!!" rant. Good work!
I personally loved this movie but I know alot of people hate it. Finally though, a fair and objective review. Not a "Fuck Zack Snyder!!!" rant. Good work!
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9:09AM on 08/12/2011

Hated this movie...

... but I agree w/ you, Maximum Movie Mode is awesome! Loved it on the Watchmen and Terminator Salvation Blu-rays.
... but I agree w/ you, Maximum Movie Mode is awesome! Loved it on the Watchmen and Terminator Salvation Blu-rays.
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8:16PM on 08/13/2011

**SPOILERS BELOW**

**SPOILERS BELOW** I Like this movie a lot. However, I was a bit let down by the third dream sequence as they started to kill off characters which didn't make sense. And by the third dream sequence, it started getting repetitive. Still, Snyder managed to save the day with the climatic ending when everything in the real world was revealed to the audience. I was awed. Sure, the film has its flawed but it's a visual eye-candy that gives me fun time at the movies.
**SPOILERS BELOW** I Like this movie a lot. However, I was a bit let down by the third dream sequence as they started to kill off characters which didn't make sense. And by the third dream sequence, it started getting repetitive. Still, Snyder managed to save the day with the climatic ending when everything in the real world was revealed to the audience. I was awed. Sure, the film has its flawed but it's a visual eye-candy that gives me fun time at the movies.
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5:26PM on 08/12/2011
The movie was just too deep for most viewers, so it lost it's appeal.
The movie was just too deep for most viewers, so it lost it's appeal.
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1:46PM on 08/12/2011
ummm im pretty sure you could tell when you were transitioning to different dreamscapes. movie was super easy to follow. but not the best by any means.
ummm im pretty sure you could tell when you were transitioning to different dreamscapes. movie was super easy to follow. but not the best by any means.
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