[UPDATE: Read our review of Sucker Punch]
Zack Snyder's upcoming eye feast Sucker Punch recently screened an unfinished cut for a private group of people in the Chatsworth, California area. Two of the audience members shared two very different opinions of the film.
While the anonymous reviewers could be blowing a lot of smoke, the analysis of the film and plot details seem right on the money. The first trailer showed off a visual spectacle that brought more questions than answers. While Warner Bros. contemplates the best way to market the film's storyline, we can rest assured the visuals will be in excess - something that might benefit Zack Snyder's Superman.
In fact, the visual effects seem to be the only aspect of Sucker Punch that these two reviewers agree upon. Both reviews were sent to Ain't It Cool News under the pseudonyms "Anorak" and "Blank." Anorak absolutely loved the film, while Blank was less enthused about the CGI romp.
Both Anorak and Blank share their awe for the intense visuals that seem to break all kinds of boundaries. Snyder's past work with CGI and animation should continue to serve him well as a director. Sucker Punch looks to be filled with innovation, but Anorak and Blank both feel the visuals are borrowed from other epic films.
Check out highlights from their SPOILER-FREE reviews:
Anorak: "The CGI and Greenscreen were some of the best I've ever seen, with [one exception]... The movie is Snyder through and through, meaning a washed out color scheme, a lot of slow motion and sudden speed up. Unlike previous Snyder remakes and adaptations, however; this film is equal parts flash and substance."
Blank: "The fantasy sequences are amazing although heavily borrowed from other movies in the art direction department. Drawing from Blood: the Last Vampire to Lord of the Rings to I, Robot there is really nothing new under the sun with where they went in designing the fantasy scenes."
Snyder's cast is comprised of mostly women who combine their looks with their muscle. While it doesn't look like a challenge on the acting front, there will surely be some emotion in a film that dives head first into the human psyche.
Anorak: "Of the young girls, all are phenomenal! Emily Browning in particular is jaw dropping, even without a line of dialogue for the first half hour or so. She is sexy, tough, vulnerable and entrancing, even without the dance. Oscar Isaac is the true villain and is charming, intelligent and sinister with every line he delivers."
The other main point in both reviews deals with the overall pace of Sucker Punch. The trailer moves like a train on the loose, but Blank found most of the film to be a bore. On the other hand, Anorak was pleased with the balance of story and action.
Anorak: "The film flows at a good pace, and even without the fantasy action pieces every 20 minutes the events transpiring in the whorehouse world are captivating in and of themselves."
Blank: "My problem with the movie is that the story doesn’t seem fully realized... If you want to keep me interested you will need a lot more than 20 minutes of fantasy CGI sequences sprinkled throughout a 120 minute trek. Having all of your primary actresses’ dressed in Fredericks of Hollywood’s finest doesn’t hurt but ultimately wears thin."
The reviews also contain heavy spoilers on the content within the film. The entire plot is essentially revealed and I couldn't help myself from reading it. This is not the time or place to discuss the story of Sucker Punch, but if it finds itself somewhere between a fantasy video game and Inception, the movie should be a massive success - at least amongst fanboys.
Anorak believes the film will get a PG-13 rating, since most of the violence is directed at non-humans. The MPAA is a tough crowd, especially when women are involved with violence. Some of the plot details revealed in these two reviews sound pretty hardcore, but a PG-13 rating is Sucker Punch's best hope for financial success.
The Sucker Punch footage shown at Comic-Con was mind-blowing, to say the least. Most of it is in the trailer, but the overall reaction was a collective gasp. Some are still skeptical about the actual story, but nobody is debating whether or not the movie will be an exhibition of state-of-the-art CGI.
The two early reviews should be taken with a grain of salt for a number of reasons, including the fact that we don't even know who these people are. We've seen people come up with elaborate plot details just to get their early review out there, but these are so intricate that it is hard to ignore.
What do you think about the potential for Sucker Punch? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Sucker Punch slaps into theaters on March 25th, 2011.
Source: Ain't It Cool News