What does it say about a year in movies that Michael Bay’s latest Transformers opus can’t even crack the bottom five? Dark of the Moon won half-hearted kudos for being slightly less racist and sexist than the previous installment. It still sucked, just not as memorably.
Yes, Al Pacino rapped in Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill, a pitilessly unfunny dirge of product placement representing the nadir of a comic talent’s once-promising career, oozing with lazy contempt for his audience. (And if any of you assholes had gone to see Funny People , I bet this would never have happened.)
But the worst of all was Sucker Punch. Director Zach Snyder’s staggeringly wrong fantasy epic conjures a world in which lithesome young women are routinely sexually abused in a mental institution, so they escape into a lush imaginary universe—where they work as strippers? How’s that for an empowerment scenario?
Creepier still is the way Snyder transforms every violation into a weightless, out-of-this-world video-game action sequence, pandering to his fanboy audience’s most anti-social, unpleasant impulses. Sickeningly enough, this foul rape-fantasy went out into the world with a PG-13 rating.
I fear for the Republic.