I don’t typically do movie reviews, but I’ve had some requests to write a non-spoiler rundown of Sucker Punch. And who am I to disappoint both my fans?
This movie is almost impossible to review without giving away critical plot points, so instead I’ll help manage your expectations and give my overall thoughts.
So here we go…
Sucker Punch is a mutated combination of the video game American McGee’s Alice, the movie Brazil, and some other random video game where you punch, shoot and stab things (so basically almost any game released in the last decade). Throw in a dash of Inception, a dollop of Scott Pilgrim and a hint of Japanese anime, and you have…something.
Love it or hate it, this movie is nothing if not original.
It’s a Zack Snyder film, so do we get tons of blood and boobies?
Don’t get me wrong, Sucker Punch is plenty violent, but It’s certainly not the bloodbath that 300 was, or as needlessly carnage-filled as The Watchmen.
Many of the really gory parts happen off-screen, which suits the film just fine. I’m sure Zack would have loved to treat us with some exploding heads and flying severed limbs, but in the spirit of achieving a PG-13 rating he dialed back the bloodlust and showed some much-needed restraint.
And if you were hoping to see some skin, you’ll definitely be disappointed. There isn’t so much as a single side-boob or up-skirt in the entire film.
What is the biggest surprise?
A breakout performance from Guatemalan-born actor Oscar Isaac, who portrays the sinister Blue Jones. I’ve never seen Isaac before, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.
What is the least surprising thing?
A lot of slow-motion. I lost count of how many times the camera zoomed in on Baby Doll’s fake eyelashes, batting in slow-mo as a raindrop or snowflake floated by.
If you’ve seen any of Snyder’s previous films you already know he’s a big fan of the slow-mo, but in Sucker Punch he uses this technique a LOT – even John Woo would raise an eyebrow at the number of times a scantily-clad mental patient was suspended in mid-air wielding a sword or machine gun. Halfway through the movie I actually expected a flock of doves to fly by in the background.
Should I see it?
Based on reviews I’ve read online this morning, this movie seems very polarizing. The combination of love and vitriol reminds me of last summer’s flame wars when Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hit theaters.
As most reviews seems to swing far to one side, I’m currently sitting somewhere in the middle. I loved the look and feel, but wasn’t completely sold on the story…I felt similar when walking out of Tron a few months ago – not completely enamored, but definitely glad I experienced it.
Hope you enjoyed my little rundown (and I hope I didn’t spoil anything?)
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PS: WOW…I kept this review to around 500 words. Any time I can ramble for less than 1000 it’s a good post.