Suicide Squad (2016) – Villains Are Saving Lives

PG-13 | 2h 3min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 5 August 2016 (USA)

Suicide Squad consists a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DC films, but they aren’t enough to make an impact from a generic plot, fitting multiple main characters and be part of best of 2016 movies conversation.

No wonder the film received an unsatisfying score from multiple movie reviews site. A score of 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.3/10 on IMDb. I can’t remember when David Ayer told the audience that this is a movie for people who read comic books. The majority who wrote unfavorable reviews never read Suicide Squad comic, Ayer probably recommends us to read the comic before watching and reviewing the film.

David Ayer is probably upset after receiving damning reviews and feel the need to fight it as soon as possible to promote Suicide Squad film. If the movie received positive reviews, would Ayer have told the audience to read the comic book?

Why read the comic book? That would be a lot of comic books to read.  And, there are so many films based of comic books and many I never even heard of. For example, Superman, Batman, X-Men and Spider-Man just to name a few of the popular ones.

To me,  Suicide Squat is not a boring film, but not very entertaining either. At least it’s more entertaining than Batman v Superman, the first film in the new DC Comics franchise, but compared with Man Of Steel and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, still far from excellent.

The task force made up of criminals is controlled by the government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), she plans to control with tiny remote control bombs implanted in their necks.

The task force members are Will Smith’s hitman Deadshot, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), fish skin cannibal Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), flame thrower guy Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Aussie Boomerang (Jai Courtney).

The supervisors of this squad are Joel Kinnaman’s special forces and Tatsu Yamashiro’s lady samurai.

I believe having a bunch of protagonists in this movie is what ruined the character development of each individual. Also, having characters tell stories about each other. As each member is introduced by a flashback of their story, it wasn’t enough to fit in a two hours and three minutes film. To me, fitting multiple anti-heroes in a story looks good in a graphic novel, but it gets saturated in the film.

Jared Leto’s The Joker keeps appearing for no reason to keep the movie going. However, I really dig his hairstyle gelled back. Very professional and sharp.

Suicide Squad film is crowded with multiple villains’s stories, poorly executed, forced to be funny and emotional. The film relies on some CGI actions, Smith’s fame and charisma and Robbie’s sexiness to sell tickets. Suicide Squad is available on Amazon through this link and Fandango here.

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