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Sucker Punch (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray SteelBook]

3.9 out of 5 stars 1,235 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung
  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Writers: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
  • Producers: Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058QSSD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Senor Zoidbergo VINE VOICE on June 29, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The extended cut of Sucker Punch adds approximately 17 minutes and 45 seconds of additional footage, and is R-rated. The extended cut is much darker than the theatrical cut; while not necessarily being more visually explicit, previously implied suggestions are now explicitly overt. The violence and action scenes have also been extended as well, with two re-inserted battle sequences, one with the orcs at the castle (arterial spurts of green orc blood), and the other with the German World War I zombies.

I don't think I quite understand Snyder's multi-layered metaphorical comparisons between the brothel, asylum, and Baby Doll's fantasy worlds, but I will say that the movie (especially the action sequences) are visually stunning, and the colors beautifully contrasted. Credit especially to the actresses for their proficient firearms handling (but where exactly did they store all those extra magazines I wonder?). However, it would be superficial to suggest that Sucker Punch is only about girls in anime costumes fighting monsters in fantasy worlds, though that is certainly an interpretation shared by many critics who panned the movie.

Here are the main differences between the Extended Cut and Theatrical Cut; NOTE, SPOILERS FOLLOW, so continue reading at your own risk.

(1) Baby Doll shoots at the stepfather a second time (as compared to a single time in the theatrical cut), resulting in some CG blood and an arm bullet wound, which the stepfather grabs at.

(2) When Sweet Pea first meets Baby Doll (with Blue and the priest), Sweet Pea says, "the priest brought you here from the orphanage to lose your virginity, right?". Then Blue says, "The High Roller is coming in 5 days to do a little flower picking..
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I loved this movie when it came out and saw it in the theater. Just rewatched it with my sister and still think it's great. I was trying to understand why the critics almost universally panned it. I dig films that play with the frame, get all meta on you and this is one of them. The director sort of intentionally misleads the audience, disrupts the normal conventions of linear narrative and clear-cut roles. So the suckerpunch of the title really is, in one way, directed at the audience. And I think the critics just balked at the arrogance of this move by the director. By not delivering a completely feel-good piece of fluff - which may have been what they were thinking they were settling down to enjoy, what with the extremely smooth visuals. Instead, the film induces a sense of ambivalence, almost complicity, in the viewer as we find that we cannot simply turn off our critical faculties to indulge in a guilt-free gaze at the pretty women. Rather, we are challenged to consider their control and objectification - within the storyline, and by extension, the film industry and society as a whole. So I find it interesting that so many critics lambasted this movie as just that - some sort of soft porn anime-inspired female exploitation. When in my mind, that is exactly what the film is commenting on. It's like the critics didn't get it, took it at face value, or just knee-jerked reacted to their own discomfort at the implications of the film, its weird mixing of genres and glamorous aesthetics with essentially gritty realities about misogyny and a culture where the lines between abuse and pleasure are often blurred with hypocrisy and a leering eye.Read more ›
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(content warning, for both review and film: discussion of rape and medical abuse)

This is a massively underrated film which was ill-served by two things: first, the marketing, which failed to prepare viewers for a movie which was fundamentally about the abuse and oppression of women; but second, incredibly sexist reviewers whose gender essentialism failed to acknowledge the movie's themes. The film, for those who aren't clear, is about a young girl imprisoned in an asylum by her abusive father to cover up her sister's abuse and murder. She develops multiple layers of fantasy to deal with her condition, one of which reimagines the (mostly implied) sexual violence to which she's subjected as coerced sex work, and a deeper layer which is a science fiction/action fantasy. The sexism I'm referring to in the reviews focuses on the idea that the fantasy layer is "a teenage boy's fantasy," which is ridiculously dismissive of the diversity of women and how women deal with trauma.

Was the film poorly marketed? Yes, it should have been made clear the audiences were in for a film with a great deal of rape and a downer ending. Do I think that the film's themes ultimately work? Yes, absolutely. The film depicts someone's attempt to escape the horrors of very real violence that's been visited on women, and it uses fantasy to deal with that. Other films that have done similar things include Pan's Labyrinth and pretty much the entire filmic career of Christopher Nolan (but his stories are about manly men and their traumas).

It's not a _fun_ movie. It is, I believe, a deeply affecting and moving movie that has a lot to say about trauma. The absolutely haunting soundtrack helps a lot here, too.
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