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Monday, November 29, 2010

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch looks incredible.  It's highly stylized.  Very polished.  All the dirt, grunge, scratches and faux wear-and-tear looks expertly designed and coordinated with the particle effects and lighting--all wonderful, yet very distinct aspects of the digital movie-making process, which still looks a lot like high-end videogame production.  But hey--it does look cool.  And there's something of a story to this pageant of computer effects--which some games can't honestly claim.  In this spectacle, five girls with perfect hair escape from a 1950's-esque Institution by way of a Matrix-like gamer-quest through a realm of their own imagination.  The trailer is a lot of fun and the movie looks like it hits just about every major Hot Trope currently in-play amongst fans, dieselpunks, steampunks, gamers, RPG-ers, comic-nistas, nerdists, etc. like a three-fisted steaming-hot bucket of Pulp-istity coming your way this March.  Whether you're ready or not.  Like the movies' tag-line declares: You Will Be Unprepared.  Or not.



This movie has style nailed six ways from sunday...like William Gibson's Neuromancer when it firswt dropped...but does it have any substance?  Does it matter?  Does anyone care?  Candy is yummy.  Just be sure to brush your teeth afterwards.

3 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to it. Can't be high-brow all (or even most) of the time. Had not seen this trailer.

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  2. The twisted, krank-addled offspring of "The Matrix", "Sin City" and "Kill Bill", with just a soupçon of "St Trianians" loli-sploitation?

    It's like the Hollywood machine saw a fan-made music video on YouTube and growled "Fund it!"

    Pass, shuddering in horror.

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  3. @Scott: Yup--sometimes you just wants to watch pritty kabooms and shiny whooshing thingys. Like a bored cat in a window. However bad this movie might turn out, it at least is distracting...

    @Chris: At first I thought that it looked like the ultimate marketing coup of the year--literally dragging just about every 'fanboi' trope and retro-cool cliche currently in vogue out on the 'net and cramming it into a blender to produce a hybridized mess that may yet prove glorious, if not exactly groundbreaking. I like your analogy--this does seem to be a souped-up version of some ultra-daft Fan-made mash-up...but even as I, too, shudder in horor, I'm going to go see it, for after all is said and done, the horror of this movie's implications are far and away more fascinating to me than the final product itself...

    Ever see an actual train wreck? This will be much less wear and tear on my boots...

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