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Summary: 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. (imdb)
I wanted this film to be good. I did. The visual effects were great, and I liked the how they tried to tie the real world with the imaginary one together, but the plot itself was insanely stupid, and it fell apart at the end. And I just wanted the film to end. Wish it was more Terry Gilliam than Zack Snyder. Snyder's worst film.
An okay action film that suffers from a meandering plot that is mostly for a set-piece for some pretty cool action scenes. Unfortunately those action scenes soon grow repetitive and you'll be wishing the film would end sooner.
Beautiful girls fighting in post-apocalyptic fight scenes? Count me in! Oh, the plot is essentially finished before the film begins, the fighting takes place in dream sequences that are completely ineffectual and unimportant, and 60% of the film concerns the beautiful girls being raped, abused, and murdered? Count me out.
Shit nuggets. Basically some crap music videos loosely connected together. Amazingly by the end it even tries to stitch some pretentious guff of a plot to it all. Style over substance is all well and good, but this doesn't even have any notable style, everything looks corny and borrowed from playstation games.
Crap. What Snyder's fertile?!? imagination spewed forth here is the worst film I've ever seen. He should stick with directing and leave the original plot material to the real talent. I mean its so bad even he didn't know what to do with it. And to top it all off, the female leads straight out of a barely legal wet dream should really try their hands at porn as acting is not their forte. Unbelievably cheesy CGI. Unbelievably bad film. Avoid like the plague.
beneath the tits and ammo, lies a storyline ala Inception, though slightly inferior in terms of plotlines. If one were to analyze the movie through the levels of imagination (like the levels of dreams in Inception), then the motherfuckin kickass action scenes were just a red herring in the movie. This movie could either be a sad depressing story about a girl's fight for freedom, or a Sucker Punch to the viewers who went in thinking it's softcore porn.
If you are looking for a movie with deep plot you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you go into this film knowing that it is a comic book that contains non stop visual beauty (the actresses as well as the cinematography) and phenomenal music then you wont be disappointed. At time I felt like I was watching a cheesy 60's movie where traveling to Venus always met the adventurer with women in bikinis. The action fighting in lingerie was just a tad too much.
All this had going for it are hot women (I love Carla Gugino and I learned that it's a lot of fun to watch Jena Malone shoot guns) and a few neat looking things, otherwise it's a moronic bunch of crap.
Pros: the mayor, satisfying music and costumes, some pretty amazing visuals | Cons: everything else ||
Zack probably just wanted an excuse, be it good or bad, to put all these shots on screen. Too bad his ideas are not at all related and this 'excuse' therefore seems to have the attention span of a 5 year old. Booom dragons...boom zombies..and Nazis.... Seeing how this was going nowhere,I enjoyed the already mentioned visuals, as anyone should-that's what this is about.
It's all style and no substance, just like everyone says, but the fact is that the style is really flawed as well. I wasn't a fan of the covers (of covers, Jesus Christ) that comprised the soundtrack, and while I thought the movie looked pretty nice overall, the slow motion effects got old the second they were first on the screen. The story could be interesting with it's premise, but sadly the only real redeeming thing about this movie is Oscar Isaac (the female leads are atrocious).
I know being "over the top" with the action is kind of this movie's whole gimmick, but the action scenes just felt tedious to me. None of the actors really seemed into it (probably because they had to fight a lot of invisible special effects), and the action is 99% meaningless. The overall plot is fairly predictable, and I think the movie tries to make some social statements and shoots for some level of depth that it falls quite a bit short of. Some shots and special effects are good though.
First the positives. The action sequences are really well done. There's no doubt that Zack Snyder knows how to shoot action. The music is also very good. However, the story makes less sense the more you think about it, the ending is confused and ham-fisted, and one or two of the performances creak around the edges. It's not nearly as bad as it could have been, but in a way, the way in which some effort has been made to elevate this from pure teenage boy fantasy gives it a creepy overtone.
The sucker punch that Snyder delivers is directed toward the vast, (mostly) unsuspecting audience he had hoped to attract with his CG-laden eye candy of scantily-clad women who are thrown into every genre that males under 30 yearn for. He is not-so-subtly equating the dominance of the male gaze in pop culture to the dominance of men over women in society. It's a laudable and ballsy message, but it falls victim to an awful plot that lacks any tension, as well as awful dialogue that lacks any wit.