At last, I give you a review of one of this summer’s most anticipated blockbusters: Suicide Squad. I was a little apprehensive before watching because it seems that everyone who has seen this movie has a definite opinion it. Either people love it or loathe it. An element that can explain this is all the hype that surrounds the film and of course its sacred universe, DC.
Suicide Squad tells the reluctant band together of the world’s most dangerous villains and criminals including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Dead Shot (Will Smith), Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). One of the main reason of their imprisonment is their unique and inhuman abilities such as Deadshot’s perfect aim and Diablo’s power to yield fire.
Before they actually become an ensemble, each character is broken down with their abilities, facts and backstories by a visual file.I found it advantageous to viewers- like myself- that aren’t that familiar with the comics.
This gang of not so merry fellow is called upon by a secret government agency lead by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis)to prevent the impending apocalypse. Indeed, under mysterious circumstances, the Enchantress (Cara Delavigne) takes over anthropologist June Moone’s body to exact revenge on all human kind. This witch brings back to life her more imposing brother and creates and army of guards thanks to her power.
All in all, it’s worth watching if you don’t have many expectations. Because of the iconic stature of characters like the Joker and Harley Quinn and the fact that the members of the Suicide Squad have lived through (and have inflicted) a lot of pain, their mental state should be deranged. Although in the movie, the portrayal of delusion and craziness especially from the Joker was subdued and disappointing to me. The psychological torture is explored especially when Harley Quinn’s backstory is presented but the backlash on her emotional state felt understated as well.
I would rate Suicide Squad 3 out of 5 stars. It has all the ingredients of a superhero movie, albeit in this case the protagonists are villains. Knowing that there were pressures to release the film early August and that scenes were re-shot to please the studios, in the end it shows. The DVD release will probably include more pieces that could of made this film more cohesive and frankly more badass. It is also undeniable that sequels will come as it is hinted by a brief scene after the credits.