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6 Inch Movie Review – Sucker Punch Part 2

Believe it or not I was always going to do this review in two parts! Servitob’s comment on the previous post summed up pretty much what I was going for, I originally thought of posting this part yesterday afternoon but then decided to leave the first part up for a day before throwing this up.

The time it has taken me to actually start doing a proper review is down to the fact that I’ve needed a lot of time to process the movie and come up with a properly formed opinion. I’ve read some critics reviews (not a fan of critics myself) and some general movie-goer reviews too and this really is one of those movies that is amazingly polarising. It’s got more layers than your average Ogre and I think that is part of the “problem.”

I really have to use quote marks there because a lot of people have been heavily critical of the movie, saying that it is puerile fanboism at its worst and it’s taken me a day after seeing the movie to come up with what I believe is the explanation for why this is getting so much heat. This movie is too clever for the average cinema-goer!

Now, this isn’t a boast that I myself am some kind of motion picture genius, after all I’ve read some reviews from other people who have therefore influenced my own thoughts. We are used to sitting down and having the story explained to us in plain and simple terms. Inception is revered for being a great movie and I agree it is but up until the very end you know exactly what is going on. With Sucker Punch you are never quite sure about what is the actual reality of Baby Doll’s situation. Sure you know that the real fantasy sequences are all the product of her mind but what if the rest of the backdrop of the institute and her escape plan was as well.


When we first see Baby Doll get to Lennox House and be admitted we understand that her step-father is having her lobotomised to save his own skin from the potential reprisals over framing her for her sister’s death. Early on we see that lobotomy about to be carried out and then it switches to the stage production with Sweet Pea playing that character. Perhaps the rest of the movie is really just what is going on in the lobotomised Baby Doll’s mind?


The thing is that your hand is not held through the movie, things happen and it is up to the viewer to decipher it. The movie is through Baby Doll’s point of view and therefore everything that happens is skewed to her experience and this therefore has a lot to do with what we see in the cinematography.

The more that I think about this the more I actually come to appreciate the movie, it has just taken me a long time to organise a coherent thought process to unravel it myself. The situation that the movie presents is pretty horrific considering that it only has a 12a rating over here in the UK and as we follow Baby Doll’s path through dealing with this experience it is no wonder that we had such a heavily fantasised world she creates in order to escape it.

I think that because of the depth here and the multitude of layers within the movie it causes the problems that people perceive with it. What I think it does is provide quite an interesting parallel that many of us can identify with whereby our own sense of escapism can disconnect us from the world that we live in. I’m sure we can all identify moments in our life when we’ve been off somewhere else in a daydream and lost time to our own flights of fancy! The movie I think brings that message through with the way the material is presented to us.

After seeing the movie I was pretty much on the fence about it, not sure if I liked it or not, if some of the scenes had gone a little further than what they did actually show I was about a hairs breadth from walking out, there are certain things I don’t want to see when I go to watch a movie and this (luckily) stopped just short of going down that route. I’ve only seen one other film where the subject being dealt with struck m that deeply with the horrific nature of what was going on and that was Taken, a movie that I would never watch again because I cannot bring myself to see that world portrayed.

Sucker Punch is not as extreme as Taken though and it pulls back from going as far as it could considering the theme but if you take the time to really think about what you see, to understand that Baby Doll’s point of view is the eye through which this all unfolds then I believe all the faults that this movie has been labelled with actually just evaporate which leads me back to my original point. The reason this movie is so divisive among people is that it is just too clever in the way it does things for people to figure out and therefore because of this difficulty they will label it as dross.

When I was in High School we studied Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, I thought it was a load of old toss and was very bored while we were doing it, however, I can understand that Will from Stratford was one of the greatest literary figures in our history (I do love some of his other stuff and seeing it performed is a must). I won’t write off the work just because it was tough to understand and I think that is what is happening now.

It’s easy to criticise something you don’t get and therefore because of the giant robots and dragons and chicks with guns rather than seeing this as someone’s escape from a torturous reality in order to get through a period of time, we see it all labelled as the fanboi self-gratification that those unwilling to spend time unlocking the not so obvious refuse to see beyond.

6 Inch Movie Review – Battle Los Angeles

Last night Gribblin, nBreaker and myself ditched family members and significant others to sit in a dark room and watch stuff get blown up on a large screen.

Thus it was that my Odeon Premiere club loyalty card picked up the tab for my ticket so I could sit there gorging myself on popcorn. Battle Los Angeles was the picture of choice this time, getting us ready for the hardcore alien action of the 40k game this coming Saturday.

The movie reminds me a little of Cloverfield as you follow the antics of a small group of people making their way from one place to another and dealing with whatever is going on and generally knowing little about the enemy at the gates. You do get to see some of the alien menace threatening everything but not long glimpses even during the combat, the camera flicks back and forth in pretty rapid succession. The effects are very well done and seeing a ruined LA is quite a sight.

What is admirable about this film is the lack of traditional A-list talent, Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez being the two people you are likely to have ever heard of. This actually helps the suspension of disbelief and probably had a sizable effect on the budget too.

The story revolves around a group of US Marines tasked with rescuing some civvies who are trapped after a sudden strike by extra-terrestrial gunslingers. Shockingly things don’t go quite to plan and you see the evolution of that mission play out on screen and multiple combats with an adversary who fights just as hard as the Marines.

There is a lot of combat in this movie, hence the Cloverfield/documentary like feel to it, you are following the Marines rather than really getting any glimpse of the global events that are alluded to in news reports from TV stations. You don’t really form much of a relationship with the protagonists though and that is probably my biggest criticism, even though you are introduced to them right at the start and they are all named. For all they go through there isn’t really much attachment, they’re kind of like Stormtroopers in Star Wars, cool enough but you’re not shedding a tear when they get blown apart.

It does a good job of being believable though, when things start to unfold you can happily disconnect from reality and accept what you are seeing. It’s a well put together movie, sure it’s probably not going to be up for any Oscars but I like my movies as a bit of escapism and this ticks all the boxes.

I’d give it a 4 out of 5, well worth going to see if its your kind of thing but not a must-see by any stretch.

Film Opinion: Ultramarines

Being a follower of all things blue power-armour related I had heard many things about the first Warhammer 40k movie – the CGI based Ultramarines. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything good hence the delay in not seeing it the moment it hit the shelves.

I read a couple of reviews on the internet but I don’t think you can take those kind of things at face value. The problem with a movie like Ultramarines is that every fanboy Games Workshop nerd and his brother is massively biased. Either it is always going to be the best movie ever because it’s got frickin’ space marines in it, or it is always going to be the worst movie ever because it’s got frickin’ space marines in it. There is a third group of fanboys that think the movie is going to be terrible because the second marine from the end had his purity seal on the wrong leg and there is no way that those marines would have had those bolters in that colour on that campaign because of the great pig wrestling bolter revolution of M39.988 meant that all bolters assigned to that particular squad would have been a slightly different shade of grey and therefore the movie goes totally against and ruins the 40k universe. (You can occasionally find these type of fanboys lurking around The Bolter and Chainsword forums).

I think the movie itself is actually pretty decent. Honestly! Now then, it’s not a gun toting slug fest and doesn’t contain too many cliches. No-one gets power fisted, so it’s not strictly true to the board game. The story however is interesting, tense and engaging despite the lack of rootin’ tootin’ and shootin’. There’s not a terrific amount of characterisation but the marines themselves are believeable, as is their predicament. The voice acting is also good and feels right. The music in the film is appropriately atmospheric. If I had to pigeon hole the film into a genre I would have to go with a thriller, which is not something I was expecting. Nevertheless the movie is watchable and enjoyable.

The CGI in the film has come in for some criticism, and probably rightly so. This certainly isn’t a Pixar production. The backgrounds are empty with very little going on in them. Most of the movie is set in a dust storm which adds to the tension but you get the feeling it was done partly to lessen the amount of work required. It’s not all doom and gloom though as these things don’t really get in the way of the story. There are also some memorable slow motion scenes which add flavour to the film.

Is there anything I would personally like to have seen done differently? A few minor points I suppose. There aren’t many characters in the film, however it is difficult to distinguish them once they are wearing their helmets. Yes they all have different voices but the helmets make it harder to tell who is actually talking. Maybe a helmetless squad would have been less believeable but may have improved dialogue. Along the same lines, there is no change in voice effects in or out of helmets. A minor grumble really. The only storyline-type change I may have made is making the space marines seem more super human. Space marines are supposed to be nigh on invincible and stronger than thousands of men in battle. The trouble here is that they are fighting other space marines so this trait is never obvious. Maybe I’m just being picky and I suppose someone with no prior knowledge wouldn’t really mind. Finally, a facemelting cameo from the dreadnought in the Dawn Of War 2 intro would have been good!

So overall – It’s not going to win any oscars, but I was pleasantly surprised by this decent movie venture into the realms of the 41st millenium.

Regular Blockbuster Pants

So yesterday’s post was just an excuse to post a picture of a smurf, today we will get back to the grey matter challenge that is 6InchMove.

Firstly, before I get into the meat of the post, I need to define a blockbuster film… I mean a film with a massive budget and huge amount of special effects. Take that, Oxford Dictionary!

I did allude yesterday to a phenomenon called ‘Regular Blockbuster Pants’. Now I hope it’s not just because I’m old and jaded but generally if a movie is counted as a blockbuster you can almost guarantee it will have some lame excuse of a storyline. There are of course notable exceptions, and this is not a new thing in cinema. Anyone remember ‘Teen Wolf’? ‘Teen Wolf Too’? Precisely. Hollywood has been doing lame storylines for blockbusters since year zero. It’s a case of including so many special effects and getting the audience so amazed that they miss the gaping plot holes. Seriously, in the 80’s Michael J Fox turning into a werewolf was so jaw droppingly amazing that the script could have been written by a yucca plant and they would have gotten away with it. A case in point, I recently I went to see the second Transformers film. I can’t even remember if it had a plot my head was so stuffed with special effects. I could have been watching random exploding robot porn for all I know.

So anyway, that got me thinking, who is the target audience for this kind of film? Obviously some numbskulls, right? Always go for the lowest denominator and stuff. I went to see Avatar in 3D again. As usual I bought waaay too much drink to sit still through the whole thing. I looked around my fellow cinema goers for clues as I made the wise move of sitting at the front. The effects are amazing I thought as I walked the mile to my car after the film, having failed to park nearby. I continued to ponder why they would dumb down the blockbuster, as I drove to the garage, filled my car and accidentally deflated the tyres through not paying attention to the air pump instructions. I thought of whom this kind of script might appeal to as I realised half way home that I had forgotten to pick up some groceries. I was still thinking about it when I got home and realised I had failed to collect some computer cables, despite purposely having parked near a computer shop.

But seriously, blockbusters are fun. They are good for a laugh, but it makes me sad when good opportunities are wasted through poor plots. Why not make a good movie an epic movie? My feelings are that for some reason film makers are limited to around two and half hours maximum. Any more and the audiences might lose concentration, right? This then leads to ruthless editing, and the story begins to suffer. Shame, really. I suspect it is for this reason that director’s cuts are usually much longer, better and make much more sense than the released movie. Here’s hoping for some good director’s cuts in future!