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Film – Quick Thoughts: Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder
Written by: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone
My rating: 4 of 5

I watched this on blu-ray, and Snyder makes films that are generally worth opting to view in HD if you can (300 and Watchmen both benefited). It’s pretty much the perfect example of the kind of film people bring up when they say movies are becoming like video games. It practically has a hub world, the whole thing is a quest for four items, and each quest is represented in different themed dream sequences – a samurai boss fight, a steampunk first world war zombie thing, a fantasy castle with a dragon escape sequence and a sci-fi train mission – and in these sequences they all have special physics-defying powers. The actual plot kind of only really exists at the beginning and the end, everything else is spectacle and metaphor.

Being from Zack Snyder though it’s the kind of thing he does well. He overuses the slow-mo and he’s a fan of long, CGI-assisted shots that roam around all over the place, but at least it lets you see what’s happening. For action, spectacle and just plain coolness it really does work, and even if it doesn’t succeed in its deeper ambitions it was never boring, and even just visually it’s an interesting film.

Note: I originally rated Sucker Punch three out of five, but I think of it more fondly that I do any of the other films given the same rating and subsequently bumped it up a star.

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  1. January 28, 2012 at 18:56

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