A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains (as Task Force X) to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences. Directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (Joker), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Waller) and many others.
Star power mainly – the performances of Smith, Robbie, Leto and Waller (to a lesser extent) – and the anti-superhero concept carried the movie throughout. The opening sequences came across like a filmic Who’s Who (The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe) with brilliant cameos from a couple of big hitters. The prison scenes had a dramatic, emotional and comedic resonance. Overall, a well crafted set-up.
However, when Midway City is threatened by Enchantress and Incubus and Task Force X is activated, the story loses coherence and descends into narrative chaos. The third act, especially, is terribly weak – plot holes and illogical character behaviour couple with cheesy CGI battle scenes bringing the movie to a unsatisfying anti-climatic end.
Fact is DC tried its damndest to do its own version of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and failed miserably. Too many characters and insipid ones at that (El Diablo? Captain Boomerang? Killer Croc? Rick Flag?? Puh-leese). Couldn’t DC just have done a Titans, Outsiders or Legion of Super-Heroes movie instead? Why Suicide Squad? An opportunity lost.
Harley Quinn (although most of her best one-liners were revealed in the trailers).
Creatively, the moment the decision to make a Suicide Squad adaptation was taken, DC was on a hiding to none. The marketing hype has helped the movie to break box office in its first weekend but with bad word of mouth, the momentum will taper off quickly. Hopefully, there will never be a sequel.
Official Website: http://www.suicidesquad.com/
In the cinemas now.
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