SUCKER PUNCH Review

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Imagination does not exist in a vacuum.  We’re inspired by experiences both internal and external.  We build our dreams on the dreams of others and if we possess a brilliant imagination, then we can transform these ideas into something fresh and new.  With his new film Sucker Punch, director Zack Snyder shows he not only misunderstands how imagination works, he also has no understanding of inspiration, empowerment, or joy.  The movie swims through the wet dreams of a teenage boy but pretends at higher aspirations of thoughtful escapism and transcendent determination.  For a movie where dragons battle fighter jets and teenage girls in skimpy outfits take down samurai golems, Sucker Punch is a surprisingly dull and self-serious affair that can’t be bothered to develop its heroine, but wants a round of applause every time she defeats a CGI monstrosity.  Despite all of the energy put into the stunning vistas and designs, nothing in Sucker Punch‘s visuals comes close to the majesty of its delusions of grandeur.

A girl (Emily Browning) is sent to an insane asylum by her cruel stepfather after the girl attempts to kill him and accidentally murders her little sister instead.  The stepfather bribes an orderly (Oscar Isaac) to have the girl lobotomized in five days.  This is the “reality level” of Sucker Punch even though everything has the same slick production design and editing tricks as the rest of the movie.  “Reality” is just grimier and with a more limited color palette.

The second before the girl is given the lobotomy, the scene flips and now the girl is in a brothel where in five days she’ll be sold off to the High Roller.  Inside the brothel, the girl, now dubbed “Babydoll”, fashions a plan to escape by obtaining a map, fire, a knife, and a key.  She’ll obtain each of these items in the brothel because when she dances, she and her fellow prostitutes Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Jamie Chung), and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), go into a second imagination level where they engage in giant sci-fi fantasy missions to obtain the items needed for escape.

If that sounds confusing, it’s because it doesn’t make much sense and because Snyder has undercut any stakes his movie may have.  The movie takes not one but two steps away from reality and any consequences within the fantasy worlds are automatically rendered void.  If Babydoll happens to be killed by a bunch of steampunk German soldiers, so what?  It was just a fantasy inside her fantasy of being sold into sexual slavery.

If you’re wondering why a teenage girl in 1960s Vermont would fantasize about being in a brothel and then set up fantasies within that fantasy that would appeal more to a 13-year-old boy than a girl dealing with the loss of her mother and sister, I don’t have an answer for you and neither does Sucker Punch.  Reading Steve’s set report, I learned that there were books about dragons and robots in Babydoll’s father’s study, but we never see that material.  We barely spend any time with Babydoll to learn who she is a character and why she would set her fantasies inside a brothel or why she thinks of herself as a katana-wielding badass who battles alongside mech-warriors.  Also, if she really envisioned herself as a soldier fighting alongside other soldiers, why are she and her compatriots dressed in burlesque gear rather than battle armor?

Which brings me to my next point: can we please stop pretending that giving a hot girl in skimpy clothing a weapon and letting her destroy shit constitutes “female empowerment”?  Can we just take that notion, murder it with a shovel and bury it in a shallow grave?  Here’s what constitutes female empowerment: well-written, memorable female characters.  With the exception of Cornish—who manages to convey at least some semblance of inner strength—the lead actresses seem adrift at what to do with their characters other than pout, whimper, seduce, or fight things that don’t exist.  The notion that the female characters are “empowered” is further undermined by having the voice of “sage” wisdom come not from the asylum’s chief psychiatrist Dr. Gorski (Carla Gugino) or even Babydoll’s dead mother, but from Scott Glenn playing a guy with no mirror in “reality” who spouts fortune-cookie platitudes like “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” even though the platitude is in no way helpful or even applicable to the situation at hand.

With no characters or coherent structure, it’s not surprising that the gigantic set pieces lack gravity.  Loads of camera tricks, expert fight choreography, and an avalanche of CGI fail to impress when they’re not in service of characters and the story.  When Babydoll first receives her mission from Scott Glenn, he then informs her that she has to fight giant stone warriors.  Why does she have to fight them?  Do they represent anything in the real world?  What happens if she loses?  What’s laughable is that after Babydoll defeats her enemies, the film takes a moment to pause for hypothetical cheering from the audience, but in my theater you could hear a pin drop after every set piece.  Snyder gives us a dazzling array of CGI animation, but can’t be bothered to give the audience a reason to care.

Sucker Punch has an abundance of visual effects, but it’s sorely lacking when it comes to character and story.  Snyder’s passion clearly lies with creating vast worlds where retro-fitted war-planes can take on fire-breathing dragons and hot girls in fishnet stockings can mow down a train car full of enemy robots.  But he never bothers to come up with a reason why.  The film is exploitative garbage that takes itself far too seriously to be aware of its own trashiness.  It’s just a collection of male adolescent daydreams that puts the emphasis on “This looks cool” rather than “This is worth caring about.”

Rating: F

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  • rob

    ..so… you didn’t like it then?

  • edmzen

    So….. you didn’t like it?

    LOL

  • Person

    I can’t believe how terrible this movie actually is. What a shame too, because which such a great premise, everything just falls flat on its ass.

    I think the dream within a dream really messed it up. I thought this was about an asylum/brothel, not an asylum with a dream of a brothel where the girls dream within that dream. It could potentially work, but it just doesn’t.

    Honestly, what was Snyder thinking?

  • Bryan

    I am seeing this tonight but I dont understand why critics can’t just take a movie for what it is sometimes. For instence this movie obvuisly has no plot but its prob really cool to watch and be like “holy crap that was cool” If I wanted to go see a movie with a plot I would go and see “The Kings Speech” again. I can understand if the the acting is shit and the the special effects are shit too but I dont think Zach would have that in one of his films. Not every director can be Christopher Nolan or David Fincher lol I wish they were though we would have allot more ORIGINAL storys, but beggers cant be choosers I suppose.

    • Axford

      I think Matt made it clear in the review that the problem is not people accepting the movie for what it is but the movie excepting itself what it is. To quote Matt’s review, “The movie swims through the wet dreams of a teenage boy but pretends at higher aspirations of thoughtful escapism and transcendent determination.”

    • DamnBASTERD

      I’ve seen this movie. The problem with this movie isn’t that it doesn’t meet the criteria level of great art; it’s that it fails to live up to the much lower bar that it set for itself. Matt is right that the fantasy/battle scenes are undermined by a lack of stakes; but honestly, they look cheap and boring on their own. Everything in them is spliced together from the recycled parts of much more impressive and memorable sequences from other films. The robo-train robbers look like cheap, cgi renditions of Terminators and the I-Robot bots meshed together. And the dragon sequence looks like it was shot on a five buck knockoff of a LOTR set. This movie is a failure not just because its stupid, but because it’s BORING.

    • Mastermind

      Well, I¡m pretty sure that anyone who liked the trailer will like the whole movie. As to anyone who liked 300 or Ga’hoole. And specially to those who thinks Watchmen movie is better than the comic. I mean, this isn’t surprising at all, we know what kind of things Snyder do. But after all, there are people who love his movies, and there are people who likes Inception just cause the bending streets of Paris.

    • Michael

      @Bryan, it would be beneficial to you, and to the people reading what you post, if you would go back and read the review.

      It’s all laid out there in rather clear terms what’s wrong with this movie and why critics “can’t just take a movie for what it is.”

      You haven’t even see “Sucker Punch” yet and you’re criticizing this reviewer’s perspective?

      It already sounds like you’re going to like this movie, maybe even love — perhaps just to “prove” the critic wrong.

      If you can’t read this review and come away with why the critic just couldn’t leave his brain at home and mindlessly and vapidly be easily amused by all the eye candy, then I have some snake oil and a sand-into-gold machine to sell you.

      • Jose

        @micheal it would be benicial to to me to know if you have seen the movie. Because it sounds like your hanging on to every word the reviewer is saying without even knowing what you are talking about. I have seen the movie and I can tell you that there are real consequences to the imaginary world. So with that I have to really not listen to this Matt person. so yeah, I don’t understand why this critic can’t just accept this movie for what it is. Honestly you make it sound like this critic is the know all be all of movies. so far all I have been shown are inaccuracies about the movie. Its clearly his opinion I understant that. But at least get whats in the movie right. From what I can tell he did leave his brain at home because this review is crap. And before you want to insult someone about not knowing what they are talking about. You might want to make sure that you do.

      • Jose

        @Michael sorry about mispelling you name. among other things

  • Lame Duck

    Ok so based off of Rottentomatoes and yourself, this movie is just a waste of time. ~Sighs~ If this is what’s to come with Superman, I’m not even going waste $13.00. Please Snyder step your game up and dont try to be like Michael Bay.

    • Lanny Buettner

      Don’t go by these two reviews. Both of them are by people who missed the point of the movie and criticized it for not doing what they wanted it to do rather than for what it actually did. This is one of those films that people seem to either love or hate. See it for yourself. I’m sure there were critics who panned Star Wars as mindless space opera.

    • Mariana

      I had no idea WHAT REVIEWS WERE BEFORE I VIEWED THIS. Having a ten year old and being a single mom, HARDLY EVER JUST ZIPPING TO A MOVIE, LOL! ….. AND YES, LIKE SO MANY ON THIS page that sound industry, me 2, but honestly outside of a handful of over the top CGI that were OK, not great some better than others ……… SOME BAD, I come from special effects and I believe the build effect looks beyond better …….

      I LOVE IT! AND YES, I LOVED THE SETS, THE LOOK THEY GAVE THE GIRLS AND DIRECTION AND THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN!

      Just seeing it now through Netflix which I’m dumping cz I’m one of the people who made them and it’s like my cell company changing my plan behind my back …… point is, it’s taken them this long for me to finally get it …….. SLOW ANYWAY!

      I LOVED IT SUCHER PUNCH! BETTER NEVER READ A SINGLE REVIEW.

      PLUS MY VIDEO IS FILLED WITH ARTSY FARSTY MOVIES AND I’VE LEARNED NOT TO PICK TO DEATH EVERY SINGLE ‘F’EN’ LINE TO DEATH ……. LIKE SO MANY IN HOLLYWEIRD DO!

      It was GREAT! WISH I HAD WROTE AND DIRECTED IT! GO SNYDER! CAN I WORK WITH YOU?

  • baldowl

    I suspected as much. I’ll save this one for Netflix, then.

    Oh, God. What’s Snyder going to do to Superman?

  • Axford

    So much for Superman. Honestly though if anyone thought that this was going to be an amazing, clearly didn’t read the synopsis or look at who was directing it. This review could have been written when the first trailer was released….Who the hell puts in two layers of fantasy? I thought from the trailer it was a “mental institute” that was abusing the patients by using them as prostitutes….Who the hell puts in two layers of fantasy?

    • Person

      That’s exactly what I thought. I also initially thought that the dream world the chicks collaborated in wouldn’t be direct hyperbolic action that’s used in place for the real world actions. I thought they would be more of an indication as to what to do. Meaning that, they go through the fantasy first, then the fantasy reveals how to obtain the desired object.

      Looking through it now though, the whole premise of the movie is quite near impossible to make believable. I’d say having all the girls lobotomized first, then transfered over to the brothel (not as another imagined dimension) as mindless call girls, from where they escape the withholds of this operation, this mind entrapment by facing these fantasy worlds together, and finding a way out of post-lobotomy, back into the real world. At least, that would have made more sense.

      And lastly, rated R. For a dark themed movie, PG-13 does it a great disservice.

      • Lanny Buettner

        You must have missed the evidence at the end that the events in the brothel happened in the “real” world of the assylum. The doctor at the end explains that Baby Doll stated a fire, stabbed an orderly, and helped a patient escape. They are boarding over the charred remains of the storage closet she set on fire. The orderly had a stab wound in his shoulder right where she stabbed Blue in the brothel “fantasy.” The custodian no longer had his lighter. It seems obvious to me that what we saw was just the way Baby Doll motivated herself to take action and to convince the others to help. She reinterpreted the struggle as women breaking out of a male dominated world that exploits them and expects them to be grateful for being “protected.”

        The ending also suggested they were being sexually abused, so the “dance” sequences were how they re-interpreted what they had to do in order to obtain the lighter and the map and the knife.

        The third level, the action sequences, represented what they were going through in poetic fashion, re-imagined as a struggle against a soulless system, full of monsters and demons. Their triumphs and failures in these sequences are masterful, mythological and epic depictions of a deeper level of reality.

        The point of it all, as the narration explains at the beginning and end, is that before you can make changes in the real world, you have to use your imagination to take control of your own response to reality, rather than accepting what others want you to do.

  • Tommyk123123

    You say Snyder doesn’t understand imagination… and then you proceed to ask WHY he does everything he does with the film. Imagination has no reason. With a film like this… looking cool is enough.

    • JustaGuy

      First, i think its sad when a movie doesn’t have characters or a story that moves or can connect with an audience. I think this is what matt is getting at. I envy you, that you can just go to a movie and look at the pretty moving pictures without wanting to feel or think.

      I for one am thankful for this review as well as rotten tomatoes so i can get a sense of what a movie offers and whether its worth paying extra to see it at the cinema.

      Although Snyder puts a lot of effort into his visual design of movies and is talented at it, he is not really a capable storyteller. When you boil it down to its essentials a movie is a story about a charcter(s)

    • Lanny Buettner

      Both the reviewer and those who say it is just cool looking and nothing more have missed the point. The basis of the film is a philosophical understanding of imagination which sees it as a prerequisite for effective action. The message of this film is not in the plot or the character development but in the development of this idea about the power of imagination. The narration makes this clear, but it appears to have gone over people’s heads.

  • Martian Army

    Um, Axford, I don’t know if you’ve heard of a little movie called Inception, but it put in about 4 layers of fantasy.

    At any rate, to any one who was interested in seeing this movie, and is letting this review, or the idiot collective that is Rotten Tomatoes, turn you away, don’t let it. If you were at all excited for it, go see it for yourself and make up your own mind. I saw it last night, and absolutely loved it, as did most of the people I saw it with. I found it to be a fun, cool movie that wasn’t nearly as confusing as Matt is making it out to be.

    • Person

      Except Inception does it coherently.

      I’ll definitely watch it, but it doesn’t come out here until the 8th of April, while the country right next to me gets it on the 24th (today). I was ready to abstain from reading any reviews prior to my viewing of the film, but seeing as it’s not an instant release here, I’m left reading reviews and becoming disappointed.

      Nonetheless, I will clear my mind when I watch it. I won’t have any expectations.

    • Fuzzx

      Did you like Transformers 2 as well ?

    • Axford

      I didn’t feel the need to bring up Inception because it could be argued that Inception doesn’t use layers of “fantasy” in that there are real world consequence to everything that is happening and that those consequence only increase as they go deeper. I use fantasy here as in make-believe, that the experience has no real world connection.

      • Lanny Buettner

        Axeford: Did you go the the bathroom during the last ten minutes of the film? There WERE real world consequences to all the things that were depicted in the guise of the brothel. Sweet Pea really did escape, Baby Doll really did set fire to the closet and stabbed Blue. The custodian, depicted as the Mayor in the Brothel world, is no longer fiddling with his lighter, the cook is missing a knife.

        These were not escape fantasies used by Baby Doll to cope with her situation. It showed how she imagined the situation. She took control of her destiny by re-interpreting the situation. But the things we saw happening through that lens really did happen. That was the power of her imagination, which the narration clearly reveals is the point of this whole story.

  • burlivesleftnut

    Well this is disappointing. I was expecting something clever with the plot and how they tie into the real world. This indeed does sound like a 13 year olds masturbation fantasy.

  • superman

    this movie truly sucked, i was expecting so much more from this, trailers really can me so misleading. the best thing about this movie was the samurai’s, i thought that fight scene was gonna be amazing, that was sooooo lame. seriously, how do the investors let something like this leave the studios?????

  • Brandon

    I think Superman will deliver, considering it’s Nolan that’s doing the writing, and Snyder directing and doing the visuals. Snyder lacks in the story aspect a bit.

    Visually, I really enjoyed this movie. But I agree that the movie just doesn’t live up on the plot. I really wanted to enjoy the story. But the more I realized what was happening, the more I was being let down. And it sucks to say that I didn’t enjoy it. I hate saying that I didn’t enjoy a movie. But that’s only about half rigth for this.

    • JustaGuy

      Nolan’s producing, David goyer’s writing the script.

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  • M

    [quote]Which brings me to my next point: can we please stop pretending that giving a hot girl in skimpy clothing a weapon and letting her destroy shit constitutes “female empowerment”? Can we just take that notion, murder it with a shovel and bury it in a shallow grave? Here’s what constitutes female empowerment: well-written, memorable female characters.[/quote]

    Well said, I am a female and I agree. If the character is well written and kicks a$$ then that’s good.

    Snyder should not write scripts, he is kinda bad at it. The good thing for Superman is that Nolan wrote the script….

    • Michael

      Even as a guy, I agree as well. As soon as I read that line in the review, I was nodding my head in full agreement.

      Some of the most empowering female characters I’ve seen in movies (and unfortunately they are few) didn’t pump iron, flex biceps or reload a shotgun — nor did they show cleavage or wear super-revealing clothing.

      But it’s obvious to whom this movie is targeted — young men and teens. And, even worse, the notion of what it is to be young stretches higher and higher in age, so I’m sure there will be adults in their 30s and 40s also going to see this.

      • David

        Its like this, people say this doesn’t make sense…Oh well Its about insane people in a institution, I wouldnt think it should make sense. Anyway it sounds alot like Japanese anime without the kiddie porn whom millions of people give 5 stars to. So come on guys give Snyder a break

    • mike

      I dont think this movie is about female empowerment at all. Its about escaping reality all together. Who cares if it doesnt makes since. In the mind of a crazy person nothing makes since. With that said, there is nothing hotter than a scandalous woman swinging a sword around in one hand and shooting a gun with the other! And the thought of the women in the movie being in a mental institution just adds to the fantacy.

      The one thing I can agree on is that the movie swims through the wet dreams of a teenage boy. And thats good enough for me. If you want to watch something that empowers women then then this is not the movie for you. Its nice to forget about all the devestating things going on in todays world. What a better way to do that while watching a movie of hot women fighting CGI monsters and dragons. If anything the pictures of the movie should give you an idea of what is about. 5 women holding guns and swords wearing lingerie with a huge robot behind them and a dragon taking down an airplane. Does any of that seem like it is empowering a woman? I think not.

      • DamnBASTERD

        Um…mike,

        This is straight from the horse’s mouth: “The challenge was to confront the concept of the exploitation of women without creating exploitive imagery.” – Zack Snyder

        So if we’re missing the point, so is he.

  • Michael

    I had initially wanted to see this, but the more I saw, the worse and worse it looked. And now, with numerous reviews coming in, from all across the critical map, it seems this one is yet more proof that visuals cannot substitute for basic filmmaking requirements.

    It’s sad to know that Hollywood, as a whole, has sunken so low that it’s now churning out what are basically 2-hour music videos, or 2 hours of videogame action disguised as a movie.

    This movie really sounds like a mess, but unfortunately, I’m not surprised.

    • Lanny Buettner

      Michael: Ignore these reviews and see the film and judge for yourself. This is a film with a lot of depth, but because it does not follow a formula people were expecting, they seem to have stopped watching and ended up missing the point. This always happens when someone takes a risk and does something different.

  • João Paulo

    I don’t believe in your rating, i go to see this movie because fans will love i hope so.

  • sense 11

    Thanks for the warning but I’m going to have to see it.

  • Strong Enough

    LMAO dude went HAM on this movie LMAO

  • RaBBiTT

    I cant help but think this review is horse sh*t I saw the movie and it was great. yes theres a lot of CGI but its a ZACK SNYDER movie. come on people.
    If you just wait for this movie to be on dvd you’ll say to yourself, “I bet it would have been better in theaters.” you’d be right this kind of movie is best on a BF screen.

    I have to also point out that this review was written by someone who needs to slow down on the bullsh*t and get to the point. if anything theres too much blah blah blah not enough point. hmmmm… kinda like what he said the move was.

    • battleangel

      There’s no excuse to misuse the kind of budget Snyder had on this film. A few posts on this thread alone show how the story could have been enhanced with a few extra lines of dialog and some editing that shows how the fantasy realms tie to the stakes in “reality.” We’re talking about 72 hours max of mental effort on the part of the director to make the movie stronger and feel more compelling. There is absolutely no reason we couldn’t have a CGI spectacle and a compelling psychological drama in the same film, with these same actors, and the exact same visual cues. It’s just sheer self-indulgence- masturbation incarnate.

      …fuck man, Enter the Void has more compelling characters and that was *pure masturbation.*

      Also… what the hell Zack… you’re REALLY going waste Carla Gugino two films running? Fuck you.

    • DamnBASTERD

      For the movie to get to a point, it would have had to had one. Don’t listen to this guy. Unless your willing to pay for the cheapest, most basic half-rendered CGI; you will be bored.

  • Tim

    I think snyder should just stick with comic to film adaptions and not make his own things

  • Mcfly

    Well i think that nolan doesnt understand the dreamworld. The dreams doesnt have to be coherent or have rules. I enjoyed this movie, is just like a musical or 2 hs video clip. I really dont understand why everybody thinks that that is something bad. Just seat down, watch, fly, enjoy and listen an amazing soundtrack. If your relax you will be transported

  • Mcfly

    About the last comment sorry for my english i am not american

  • Aeonstrife

    This review should be posted on Snyder’s head as it summarizes everything that is wrong with all his commercials. Yes, commercials which are badly done, not films!

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  • Terry

    Oh boy! I knew something was amiss when I read a few weeks ago that the test screenings for Sucker Punch came back with poor grades.
    But hey, some critic wrote that the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was crap but I thought it was awesome.

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  • Bob TallyWhaker

    In my opinion, the movie was like listening to a friend tell a story. You know the ones where they leave small but key details out. After the whole story your a little confused but you got the point. I liked it for the “eye candy” as well as the story line. And regardless of the critics opinion on “female empowerment,” some women are gonna just see women in scantily clad outfits and others will be “empowered.” It really just depends on the person.

  • Joe

    Yes, the individual components of the fantasy action scenes become inconsequential, but if the characters failed in their steampunk battle field world, it was a metaphor for failing in the other reality levels. So, the outcomes of the action scenes do have real world consequences. And they’re outlandish CGI eye-candy, they’re not pretending to be anything else. I don’t see how it’s a valid criticism to expect them to BE anything else.

    I didn’t like the lack of a better plot and the characters needed some serious development for sure, but let’s not go over board on this movie. It deserves plenty of flack but not the hyperbolic raw deal you gave it here.

  • Alex–

    “With his new film Sucker Punch, director Zack Snyder shows he not only misunderstands how imagination works, he also has no understanding of inspiration, empowerment, or joy. ”

    For a second there Matt Goldberg you sounded like you think people actually care what you think.

    • Cori

      Well you did read his review…

  • tarek

    Zack Snyder has never been a good director. so no surprise for me.
    He is just another shyamalalamanalaaam.

  • GerryA

    I have no time for movies which take part in masterbating, be it intelectual masturbation or visual masturbation.

    I’m not going to spend 12 bucks to sit in a dark room to watch Zack Snyder masterbate, while surrounded by 13 year old boys weeing themselves. You can get arrested at that kind of carry on.

  • Grounds Keeper Willie

    Yah Used Me Snyder! Yah usssssed ME!!

  • battleangel

    What a shame – there’s no reason you can’t have CGI wankery and make it dramatically compelling. There’s just no reason. It’s the work of 72 hours max to crack that code, Zack! People on here have suggested minor tweaks that would have given the film some teeth… what a freaking shame.

    Oh and thanks for wasting Carla Gugino two films in a row, you talentless hack.

    No squid.

  • Brandon

    I couldn’t agree more! It was horrible!

  • Kyle

    I’m a fan of Zach but this film felt like it was written by a horny 14 year-old boy. I left the theater so fast I forgot to validate my parking!

  • chris

    i say don’t take this movie so seriously …… im gonna see dont care for the plot in it just want to see something that looks fun. Why are people comparing this movie to ART??? just except it for what it is action with little importance in plot.

    These reviews are really starting to get annoying…

  • born

    hollywood execs for superman just shit there pants today, I think. Should have gone with duncan jones

  • milo

    I don’t even understand why they gave him the money to make this, especially after how Watchmen did (and that was based on a respected graphic novel).

    The trailer of this reminds me of Sky Captain. The terrible box office performance of that one seems like yet another reason to greenlight another retro pastiche greenscreen movie.

    I’m sure they’re getting nervous about Superman now, wonder if it’s too late to fire him.

  • milo

    And I have to laugh at the people defending this flick. Setting a movie in a dream/fantasy isn’t an excuse to just do whatever you want and not worry about making any sense.

    Sounds like the whole plot is “Hey, let’s go fight some robots and dragons now” – no plot at all, they threw in a bunch of action/FX sequences but were too lazy to even bother to come up with a reason for those scenes to happen. That’s a big budget FX demo reel, not a movie.

  • hahahaha

    All you snobby people that keep talking about how you hate this movie and Zach is a terrible director, it doesnt make sense that you would care so much. It’s in plain fact a movie. Thats it. I bet you all think your so special because your movie collection is full of “independant” films or award winners or ones that make you think. Its just funny that you latch onto a movie that didnt meet your “sophisticated” movie preferences. You should have known what the movie would be like from the trailer and yet here you are complaining about wasting your money…..

    That is all

    • DamnBASTERD

      Your argument is rendered void by your inability to look past your fanboy pandering. No one here is hoping for the worse from Snyder. To the contrary: he actually has talent and potential as a film maker. That’s why it’s so disheartening to see him churn out sub-Michael Bay shit like this.

      • hahahaha

        Fanboy pandering? Explain. I simply stated he made a movie that everyone expected more from when you can see whats in it and what its about before paying. God forbid a director make a movie that doesnt please EVERYONE. People said the same thing about Spielberg and War of the Worlds.

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  • Jamie

    And there goes my hope for Superman.

  • nameless assailant

    @the mindless masses who follow others: you pay attention to this film hoping its good, but one review gets your panties so bunched up u can’t think straight. First of all I’m not belittling the criticism or the critic, but everyone on here saying they refuse to see it on the whims of a highly detailed film critic. First of all his opinionated criticism is just that, HIS opinion, and should stay that way. I for one plan to see it anyway. I have a mind of my own after all. Maybe ill like it, maybe I wont, but ill decide for myself and I refuse to let some soulless, brainless, opinionless individuals following a critic like he’s ghandi tell me not to see something. No offense to the critic your review was very in depth and well thought out, but I have a mind of my own and I intend on using it. So why dont we all put on our big boy pants, slap on a smile, go watch a movie, decide if we like it for ourselves and realise that the theater experience isn’t a waste of money when shared with friends, no matter how bad the movie may be. Oh and for anyone saying this movie sucks and your not wasting your money on it; you didn’t see it so keep your opinions to yourself before you make yourselves look stupid.

  • nameless assailant

    Oh and fyi, critics badmouthed scott pilgrim vs the world and I for one love that movie, so why am I going to listen to someone who doesn’t know what I like?
    Disclaimer: I have not read rotten tomatoes review spvtw because I made my own opinion, so this does not reflect my opinion towards said review.

  • Arturo

    I don’t know why are you doubting about Superman, Snyder isn’t a good story teller but he can achieve stunning visual effects AND Goyer is WRITTING the story. I’m sure he learned a lot of things after making this movie that will helping to improving with Superman. Besides the Producers will guide him to the right direction.

    By the way, I give Sucker Punch a D+ rating (i’d knew it wasn’t going to be amazing, so my expectations were not very high)

    • Terry

      Let me tell you something. Superman will suck unless a GREAT story is created and not some fucking Melrose Place meets The Vampire Diaries.
      If you remember the The 1st SM with Brando and Reeves then you saw one hell of a story. No pretense no bullshit. Classic story telling with some of the best American super stars we ever had. Hell, Jackie Cooper was in it. JACKIE COOPER!!!!
      Goyer will probably get all dark and head trippy.

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  • Brendan

    ok, not as confident in this movie as I was before. Usually I don’t let bad reviews get to me until after I see the moview, but it seems pretty unanimous that this was a misstep. But it still looks amazing. If nothing else, based solely on the trailer, Zac Snyder has proven that he is a true visionary with original and authentic style. It bothers me that this reviewer said Zac Snyder knows nothing about imagination. I think its obvious that Snyder made the plot as a vehicle for the visuals, not to stand on its own (there can still be value in movies like that), and I’m still extremely excited to see Sucker Punch, albeit with lower expectations. Also, Snyder’s Watchmen and 300, in my opinion, were masterpieces. Sucker Punch is his first original story and obviously he might have trouble the first time around, but I think its naive to dub him as a bad filmmaker and I still have huge confidence in Superman.

  • mr_hat777

    I’m glad I saw this movie early with an open-mind before the onset of bad reviews, because IMO it was a very good movie. The plot comes from cues of different imageries, objects, subtle movements and lines that are easy to miss if you don’t concentrate enough at the movie, if you saw the story beyond all the eye-candies, it was pretty deep. The ending was bitter-sweet and you’d lose the value of it if you missed Rocket’s few lines in the beginning of the story. It also tackles deep philosophical subjects, and of course Samurai warriors with bazooka rocks!!! and Mecha with pink bunny face is just plain sexy… this is a fantasy movie after all, which is also dark and sexy without being awkward. This is like black-swan meets matrix meets lord of the rings all done in style! Love it! Cant wait for blue-ray and watch it again.

  • dvnobles

    This movie is a ride…seen it last night. I admit, it does pretend to add levels of symbolism and meaning where there doesn’t seem to be any (unless they got lost in script rewrites), but if you see it as sheer entertainment, it’s fun. And the people commenting on the ‘lame’ fight scenes…wow, it’s pretty sad when Hollywood has caused you to expect the beyond impossible, so when they deliver the impossible, it’s ‘lame’. The action scenes rocked.

  • liying

    This movie is a ride…seen it last night. I admit, it does pretend to add levels of symbolism and meaning where there doesn’t seem to be any (unless they got lost in script rewrites), but if you see it as sheer entertainment, it’s fun. And the people commenting on the ‘lame’ fight scenes…wow, it’s pretty sad when Hollywood has caused you to expect the beyond impossible, so when they deliver the impossible, it’s ‘lame’. The action scenes rockedhttp://www.sosovogue.com

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