October 29, 2016 § Leave a comment
I do need to get through this and I have given myself another endurance test which this time, the test is Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. And this is gonna be something because of his five previous works, I talked about Michael Jordan, George Romero, Frank Miller, Alan Moore and the author of a book that became the basis for Legend of the Guardians. Yeah, I now forget the author’s name which is odd but despite all that, I hardly talked about the director himself so now, what do I have to talk about Zack Snyder that hasn’t been said before? I, uh, don’t really know.
No really, I already talked about his movies enough that I can’t think of a way to talk about him in this sense. Yes, he’s the co-founder of Cruel and Unusual Films and yes, he’s married to a co-founder of the company who’s also a producer on all his movies (except Michael Jordan’s Playground) but um, my thoughts on him is similar to everybody’s thoughts on him. That’s very much little to said about him in this day and age so unless he released an autobiography, I ain’t got shit except that I’m reviewing the first movie he wrote and created so moving on to what Sucker Punch is all about?
Taking place in a very confused reality, we focus on Babydoll (Emily Browning) who accidentally killed her little sister when she’s aiming it to her grandfather (Gerard Plunkett). This leads her to be committed to Lennox House for the Mentally Insane and we meet up with Blue Jones (Oscar Issac) who’s a total dick that he forges a signature of Dr Vera Gorski (Carla Gugino) to have Babydoll lobotomized after being bribed by her grandfather. And what follows next is Babydoll imagining herself in a reality where the Asylum is also a brothel… why does she imagine that exactly?
I don’t know but her imagination leads her to set up an escape plan with other patients/dancers – Amber (Jamie Chung), Blondie (Venessa Hudgens), Rocket (Jena Malone) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) – before Babydoll is being sold to The High Roller (Joe Hamm). And while she imagines the whole thing, she decides to imagine herself in a more otherworldly reality within a reality she already created by having her and her friends fight bad guys all with the help of The Wise Man (Scott Glenn). In the end, few died, Sweet Pea is the only escaped and Babydoll stayed behind only to get sold by the High Roller. Meanwhile in the real world, Babydoll got lobotomized and was about to be raped by Blue but he’s being caught.
This movie is nothing but Zack’s carbon copy of Inception and a confusingly, bad one. The action scenes is basically like watching somebody playing a video game and it shows and the way Zack gives his take on how woman is objectified makes him less of a feminist and more of a misogynist. And the acting is terrible especially Scott Glenn who tries to be the mentor of this set but you can’t take him serious when he throws “and one more thing” and its variation as his go-to catchphrase. Nobody is gonna remember your character and your catchphrase enough to become a meme, okay.
I’ve seen it in both cuts and neither are worth watching. But is there any positive note to the movie? Well, there’s two. Oscar Issac chewing the scenery since it shows how bad he does before he hits it big on Inside Llewyn Davis and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the other positive point is the fact that the soundtrack is awesome. And going by the soundtrack, it really is worth checking out instead of the movie since it has taken tracks like Where Is My Mind? and Search and Destroy and give it its unique spin in terms of covers and a remix. If you wanna see the movie and make your mind up, go ahead but I highly recommend the soundtrack. And there does it for what I think is the worst movie in Zack’s own filmography, his next one didn’t make it better though so soon, I’m about to step in his own DC Universe and oh boy, have I got words about that one so until next time.