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The Media Stomp - Sucker Punch Review

Jeremy of The Media Stomp wrote, "It hurts me to say this, but Sucker Punch is proof that Zack Snyder should stick to directing adaptations of other peoples work. There is no denying that Zack has a GREAT visual eye, but he has much to work on as far as writing goes. Sucker Punch is the first film that he fully wrote the script and story for and it really does show. You can tell how much he loves his visuals to the point of him losing focus on his story and focusing more on how he can make the scenes look better. Essentially, Sucker Punch is every geek or nerds dream, it's got hot women, Nazi zombies, ninjas, robots and loads of stylized action. It really does sound like a wild idea on paper, but its execution was poor. It lacks depth and it really doesn't connect you with the characters at all."

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cody2oo3957d ago

this score is so much more believable than the others one here, 1/10? really

Christopher3957d ago

With a 20% rating on rotten tomatoes, is it really unbelievable? I went in to the movie with a good outlook that the reviewers were just grinding their axe because the movie was your standard action fare with a low quality story, but I can definitely see why many people have rated it so lowly if they are typically critical of movies as it is.

Soldierone3957d ago

Id agree if the same reviewers were not giving Battle LA better scores just because the main characters hand shakes after an intense battle....they pick that obvious thing up, but wont stop to pick up the many similar things found in Sucker Punch?

Suckerpunch requires paying attention and imagination from the viewer as well. Going into it as a reviewer looking to crtique every little aspect of it wont leet that happen.

darklordzor3956d ago

Again, I still don' give a lot of these reviewers that much credit. I mean, look at how critically received The King's Speech is...when I saw it, I was about bored out of my mind. I could appreciate all the artistic elements in it, but it wasn't entertaining at all. In my mind it was overrated.

And Rotten Tomatoes.....I've never really cared for their aggregate ratings. I just don't think it's accurate enough.

MinimeJer053957d ago

I am surprised. I thought this movie would be getting higher ratings for sure. The movie wasn't a COMPLETE waste.

Christopher3957d ago (Edited 3957d ago )

From the review: "There are no performances in this movie, just Snyder controlling characters as if it was a video game. When emotion is required it just comes in the form of tears by all the actresses to expose how rotten things are."

I actually feel this is a pretty accurate portrayal of the movie. I felt no attachment to any element of this movie.

Edit: Not to say that there weren't a few parts of the review that I don't agree with, it's not a BS review IMHO.

cody2oo3957d ago

do you expect more from girls in a whore house who are being used for sex and entertainment?

MinimeJer053957d ago

Um... yes. It almost feels like you're saying that girls who are playing whores can't act. I've seen several movies that have women playing sleezy prostitutes and they all had actresses giving it their all for the role.

The negative reviews aren't stating that there ISN'T any characters or that the characters are supposed to be happy. The reviews are simply stating that the women who are PLAYING the girls are horrible actresses. Or at least in these particular roles, which I agree with. Not at one time did I feel that Emily Browning was an actual helpless soul at the whorehouse who lead an uprising. She seemed like she was bored with the role and just kinda took a back seat ride through the film and stopped to cry every once in awhile.

So to answer your question.. I don't expect more from girls in a whore house, but I DO expect more from actresses playing girls in a whore house.

Soldierone3957d ago

I think "Rocket" was the only good actress. They were not absolutely terrible, well not all of them. But you can tell they are up and coming stars that are testing the waters right now. The only one I couldnt stand at all was the long hair redhead girl, the sister of Rocket. She wasnt into it at all....was more like theater acting than anything. Vanessa hudgens felt the same way, but she is a good cryer. The other three were all bearable, i just didnt like how the main girl looked like she was crying the entire time.

Also have to remember that they were not necasarily whores. So they didnt actually have to potray that entirely correctly.

Christopher3957d ago (Edited 3957d ago )

I expect the metaphor to be more appropriate to their actual situation. I actually just don't even see why they even went with having to go with a intermediary "world" between reality and each battle. I think my wife said it best in that "... then you wouldn't get to see them all hussied up."

As far as acting, I think there exists more than a few movies involving women who survive based on their bodies that have proven that a lot more is expected out of such a performance other than what was shown. Though, YMMV.

Soldierone3957d ago

Why not go the creative route? How many escape movies etc have we seen? The whole going to another world was a creative aspect no one else has bothered to explore.

Simply put in real all thats happening is she is dancing and the others are snooping around doing the deeds. It would of been no differntthan the other 50 movies with the same objective.

One guy even said "all i wanted to see was her dancing sexy" well then take your 10 dollars and go buy a porno.

Christopher3956d ago (Edited 3956d ago )

Because the creative route provided absolutely nothing other than the chance to see them dressed seductively.

Also, she wasn't "dancing seductively" in the psych ward, they were actually working together and distracting the people in other means.

As I said, the attempt at a metaphor just didn't work well nor did it line up at all with what the movie considers the real world. It neither enhanced, added detail to, or improved the overall aspect of the movie. In fact, all it did was throw you into a few moments of confusion and give the girls the opportunity to not have to wear psych ward dresses with their disheveled appearances.

The fact that all of the social interactions were made in the middle-man imaginary world also didn't help. In the real world all you did was see some elements, but in the middle-man world they just decided to throw everything together as harlots, but what are they like in the real world and what are they doing in the real world?

And then you throw on top of the middle-man imaginary world each of the items as a battle. This were pretty mishandled overall as far as the allegorical elements.

- With her initial battle with the giant samurai opponents, set as a piece to give her the weapons she needs. What does this symbolize? Who is the guy who gives her the weapons? What does the battle mean and who is she fighting in real life?

- How do steambot nazis reflect getting to the map. How do they at all reflect the main protagonist?

- The fire one is probably the most accurate in that at its core is representative of the goal though the use of a dragon. But, what the heck was that whole thing with killing the baby dragon and clicking together the two crystals?

- Then we come to the final third-level imaginary battle for the knife. Which was appropriately symbolized by a bomb... wtf? A bomb? Not something symbolizing the item or the cook, but a bomb. And protected by robots. No clue what that's supposed to represent there.

Furthermore, each woman was obviously set up to be represented by a specific set of weapons (gun + melee). But how do these weapons represent them if we know absolutely nothing about them in the real world let alone in the middle-man world? Why does Rocket wield an axe and a flintlock pistol after losing her AR? Why does Sweet Pea wield a traditional longsword (but never uses it)? I can only assume the wielding of the katana by Baby Doll represents her sense of honor and code, it's the only association I can make.

You want to look at a movie that does allegory correctly, watch Pan's Labyrinth. Del Toro combines the many symboligies from Norse, Greek, and Egyptian mythology into each trek to the underground. Sucker Punch though was more focused on the green screen action elements and seeing some very young women showing their legs and displaying emotion solely by shedding some tears. As a person who tends to be very empathic, the movie brought up zero emotion in me and I was thoroughly disappointed that it didn't deliver any anything well enough to make up for the high cost of full ticket price.

MinimeJer053956d ago

Very well said cgoodno. You've pretty much hit the nail on the head for Sucker Punch. Felt too much like an excuse to make flashy fight scenes and women running around half naked. Nothing more, nothing less.

darklordzor3956d ago

And that's worse than all of those shitty torture porn movies that everyone and their dog thinks is so fun to go to?

It's those criticsms that I don't agree with. That mentality of flashy fight scenes and hot girls has been something Hollywood has been doing for decades. It's not exactly new, so why should one movie be more criticized for it than any other?

Christopher3956d ago (Edited 3956d ago )

I didn't know that torture porn movies were hot. Don't watch them myself.

*** It's not exactly new, so why should one movie be more criticized for it than any other?***

I compare this movie to DOA, the one with the females fighting in bikinis the whole time and a horrible script from a horribly written video game.

Both Sucker Punch and DOA have very flimsy and subpar scripts, but at least with DOA I knew how things were tied together. It didn't try to be more intelligent than it needed to be with extremely poor attempts at allegory (so poor that there is none to be had except in one situation).

Both Sucker Punch and DOA feature women in skimpy outfits participating in combat. But, in DOA, each combat was against an actual opponent and the choreography was a mixture of believability with fantasy. SuckerPunch, except for parts of the Nazi scene, everything just felt like them adding in opponents and attacks around where the director had the women move.

Even for the type of movie that it is, it is my opinion that it is a very low version of it. DOA didn't take itself too seriously and you enjoyed it because of that as well. But, SuckerPunch tries to act as if it's a truly serious movie throughout and makes it even harder to enjoy, IMHO.

As I said above, I didn't go in expecting anything great, but even with my expectations of enjoying the combat scenes and a storyline that would at least make sense, I was disappointed. Something I can't say the same about DOA.

Side note: If you want a good drinking game to go with DOA, make a rule that everytime you see DOA on an object in the game, if you're not the first to say "DOA!" then you have to take a drink. You have more than enough to last the hour and a half or so of the movie with this drinking game :p

Out of bubbles, so responding to your other comment here as well.

***Again, I still don' give a lot of these reviewers that much credit.***

I agree on some level, but they're as credible as our own, IMHO. While their scores typically don't mean that a movie is necessarily good or bad, more often than not they do get the trend more right than wrong.

darklordzor3956d ago

No, I totally see your point, but when I say I don't give the reviewers a whole lot of credit that's more of a personal thing. Unless I really know the reviewer (like some of the guys here on Filmwatch) personally, I don't really pay much attention. I like to speak with the people who have very similar movie tastes about such films.

newn4gguy3956d ago


Sucker Punch was amazing.

Critics are so pretentious.