[I know that's not what this movie was for. I went in fully expecting eye candy.]
Anyway, that's kind of Zack Snyder's deal, so you can't go to one of his movies expecting substance of any kind. He even managed to somehow suck half the plot out of Watchmen.
This was a movie for people who like 1. video games, 2. scantily clad women kicking ass, 3. the "300" style action sequences where everything is oversaturated, in slow-motion, and there are bullet-time shots of insignificant actions, followed by a quick 180* camera whip-around. In other words, no surprises from Zack Snyder.
[steampunk zombie Nazis, though. I mean, come on.]
"This was a movie for people who like 1. video games, 2. scantily clad women kicking ass, 3. the "300" style action sequences where everything is oversaturated, in slow-motion, and there are bullet-time shots of insignificant actions, followed by a quick 180* camera whip-around."
His directing style grates on me after about an hour, honestly. There has to be something more to it than style for me...Watchmen kept me because of story, and this one kept my interest mostly because of a really great, integral soundtrack.
The 4th big action sequence, with the robots in the rip-off of "The Train Job" episode of Firefly, was pretty weak. It should have been a car chase or some kind of chase of some kind. Maybe a boat chase with some croctopi or something.
I was thinking an Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skulls type of car chase, where there were several vehicles on both sides, and people were jumping from one vehicle to another as the chase went on. Maybe a boat chase of some kind, so there could be some spray and some interesting submarine work....and wet tee-shirts! And maybe dangerous critters in the water that would be a hazard to both the girls and their foes. Maybe the bad guys could have been evil tree-folk, so they would float- - and burn, but be kind of resistant to bullets and swords.
This film struck me as a pre-pubescent boy's dream of what a female revenge fantasy would be. At times it looks great, at others, it's just too CGI'd to f*ck, but all the way through, it's pretty much terrible and purile storytelling.
Zach Snyder enjoys violence with sexual overtones coupled with the schoolgirl thing a bit too much for my liking. Most of the cinematography was pretty derivative and fairly obvious [wire-fu, the matrix, etc].
There's something deeply grubby about this movie. One leaves the cinema feeling like a dirty lech who has just bought a schoolgirl's used knickers from a vending machine.
I went in expecting something incredibly terrible so I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as other people have made it sound.
Maybe I'm completely crazy but I didn't feel it was a pre-pubescent boy's dream of what a female revenge fantasy should be.