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Suicide Squad (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.

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From director David Ayer ("Fury," "End of Watch") comes "Suicide Squad," starring Oscar nominee Will Smith ("Ali," "The Pursuit of Happyness"), Oscar winner Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street," "Focus"), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix's "House of Cards") and Oscar nominee Viola Davis ("The Help," "Doubt"). It feels good to be bad... Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?

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Cast

Will Smith
as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot
Jared Leto
as The Joker
Margot Robbie
as Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel/Harley Quinn
Joel Kinnaman
as Rick Flagg
Viola Davis
as Amanda Waller
Cara Delevingne
as Enchantress
Jai Courtney
as George Harkness/ Boomerang
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
as Waylon Jones/Killer Croc
Jay Hernandez
as Chato Santana/ Diablo
Karen Fukuhara
as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana
Adam Beach
as Christopher Weiss/ Slipknot
Jaime FitzSimons
as Sergeant Ames Bravo 14
Christopher Dyson
as Missing Hand Guard
Bambadjan Bamba
as T-Shirt Vendor
Ted Whittall
as Admiral Olsen
David Harbour
as Dexter Tolliver
Robert B. Kennedy
as U.S. Marshal
Billy Otis
as Mafia Snitch
James McGowan
as Panda Man
Derek Perks
as Psych Patient
Common
as Monster T
Ezra Miller
as The Flash
Aidan Devine
as Chairman
Clive McLean
as Air Force Two-Star General
Frank Zupancic
as Army One-Star General
Kent Sheridan
as National Security Council
Roger Shank
as National Security Council
Dwight Ireland
as National Security Council
Amanda Brugel
as National Security Council
Tufford Kennedy
as National Security Council
Rosemary DeLosSantos
as Hot Girl Patron
Kevin Hanchard
as Casino Boss
Alain Chanoine
as Businessman/Incubus
Joel Lacoursiere
as Cop At Rail Terminal
Jameson Kraemer
as Doctor At Rail Terminal
Ho Chow
as Gate Guard
Matt Baram
as Dr. Van Criss
Birgitte Solem
as Dr. Van Criss' Wife
Scott Eastwood
as Lieutenant GQ Edwards
Kevin Vance
as Kowalski - Seal Team A
Alex Meraz
as Gomez - Seal Team A
Tyler Grey
as Grey - Seal Team Member
Nathaniel Brown
as Seal Team A #1 Member
Kenneth Choi
as Yakuza Boss
Agueda Cardenas
as Technician 2
Corina Calderon
as Grace - Diablo's Wife
Daniela Uruena
as Diablo's Daughter
Nicolas Uruena
as Diablo's Son
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Critic Reviews for Suicide Squad

All Critics (323) | Top Critics (54)

Based on the screening I attended, I can attest that audiences seemed to genuinely enjoy the jokes and get swept up in the action sequences.

August 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is what happens when the comic book fanboys have taken over the asylum. It is damaged goods from the get-go, the kind of film grown in a petri dish in Hollywood.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose.

August 8, 2016 | Full Review…

If I have not yet convinced you of the movie's astonishingly slipshod quality, I'm unlikely ever to do so.

August 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Writer-director David Ayer doesn't have the right graphic technique for a comic-book-style jamboree -- he's strictly a noirish-pulp guy -- and the characters, all of whom are promisingly introduced, fizzle fast.

August 5, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Regrettably, the film's place-setting opening lays the scene for a different, more exciting film that never really unfolds.

August 5, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suicide Squad

It's increasingly hard to remember a time when every superhero film made wasn't made as part of a wider universe, as instalments in an ever-growing web designed to bring the head-scrambling continuity of comics to the big screen. Even with the enormous success of Christopher Nolan's Gotham trilogy, the modern approach to the comic book blockbuster is for each film to form a mere link in a seemingly infinite chain. Depending on your viewpoint, the consistency present within the Marvel Cinematic Universe is either God's gift to fandom or an accountant's wet dream, with Marvel Films churning out instalments which are marketed to the hilt as big events while essentially telling the same story over and over again. Suicide Squad is the third instalment of DC's Extended Universe, a.k.a. the biggest and perhaps most pointless game of catch-up in cinema history. Following the mixed reception for both Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, this was hyped to the gills as the time when DC would get it right. In hindsight, it's a good thing that Wonder Woman game along the year after to set things on the proper path; while it has much by way of disposable spectacle, it amounts to little more in the end than a disappointing muddle. Even a relative outsider like myself, whose knowledge of DC Comics comes primarily from film adaptations, can see the potential in Suicide Squad's basic story. There is a rich tradition in Hollywood and trash cinema of a disreputable bunch of heavies - whether criminals, ex-soldiers or anything else - who are sent into the pits of hell to carry out a task that no-one else wants to do. That basic premise has inspired everything from The Dirty Dozen to Escape From New York - not to mention the 1978 revenge film Inglorious Bastards and Quentin Tarantino's similarly titled effort. While its basic premise may amount to The Dirty Dozen in hot pants, the influence of Tarantino is writ large over Suicide Squad. This is particularly the case during the set-pieces, in which the prevalence of pop music in the soundtrack is combined with dark humour and a devil-may-care approach to violence (albeit framed for a 15 certificate). Sometimes this works rather nicely, such as during Harley Quinn's fight scene in the lift, but a lot of the time the song choices feel all too obvious or the action to accompany them is very routine. For all his faults, Tarantino always had an ear for the disjunct between music and the visual image, and there is nothing in here as witty as the Stealers' Wheel section of Reservoir Dogs. There are other derivative touches on show as well. Cara Delevigne's performance isn't great by itself; she is visually striking, but doesn't have the deep-rooted charisma needed to wade through the special effects which grow as the film rolls on. The entire climax borrows heavily from the Galadriel scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring and by extension The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The witch's entire appearance is all too close to Cate Blanchett's 'dark queen' look, right down to the distorted voice, and Delevigne's dancing and arm-waving only serves to make the whole thing sillier. As if that wasn't enough, the monsters which serve as the Squad's cannon fodder resemble nothing more than pumped-up versions of the Jagaroth from the celebrated Doctor Who serial City of Death. If you go into Suicide Squad expecting depth to rival Nolan's Batman films, you will obviously be disappointed. But even setting that aside, it is sad at just how shallow and lacking in motivation the film is. David Ayer's presence behind the camera has been a major talking point; for all the qualities of his previous films, he is essentially a workmanlike gun-for-hire, who occasionally seems lost in the more fantastical elements of the DC world. The real auteur of this film is executive producer Zack Snyder; the whole project is so caught up in surface and style that it either fails to find time for more or it simply cannot be arsed. What results from Snyder's presence is a film which loves to focus on the characters' costumes and striking poses, but which is deeply repetitive. This is fine in the first ten minutes or so where the characters are being introduced and the Squad is being assembled; there's a lot of welcome black humour, particularly from a well-cast Margot Robbie, which serves to separate her version of the character from that in Batman: The Animated Series. But this section also illuminates the ongoing double standard regarding costumes in comic book films; while the man are always fully suited and booted, Harley gets relatively little with which to work. Once the mission starts, the film settles into a very predictable rhythm. It goes as follows: something blows up or attacks, lots of gunfire, then quiet, repeat until they get to the witch. Conceding to formula so easily, without resistance or hesitation, has the effect of halting any real character development; the characters begin as the supposed epitome of bad taste and tough talking, and stay that stand-offish ad nauseum. By the time we get to the bar scene, we're willing them to get with things so much that we don't really mind whether they grow as people or not, and at the end of the film everything goes (more or less) back to the way things were. In the face of this boilerplate tedium, you might expect Jared Leto's performance as the Joker to be just the lift that things need. There's no denying that he's visually striking, borrowing heavily from Marilyn Manson with just a touch of Alice Cooper thrown in for good measure. But while he's psychotic enough to be scary and unpredictable, he ultimately lacks the flashes of coherent insight which made Heath Ledger's Joker work. Both incarnations deal in chaos, but one is a dangerous mastermind while the other is a gun-happy playboy. In the midst of all this mediocrity, there are things about Suicide Squad which are enjoyable. Like the early Harry Potter films, the main saving grace is the cast itself. It's nice to see Will Smith playing against type without making a big deal of it, and Robbie's performance does have a gleeful quality which sets it apart. The rest of the ensemble struggle to get the character development or screentime they deserve, but they all have little moments when they impress. The film also has a number of moments which are very visually impressive. The best of these is the sequence involving the Joker and Harley kissing in the vat of chemicals as their respective colours blend together. It's a nice, macabre twist on the traditional origin story of the Joker which gets across the characters' insanity but also how much the latter cares for the former (whether it's reciprocated is another matter). There is enough artistry in moments like this and sections of the subway fight which makes you wonder why there isn't more of it in the finished film. Suicide Squad is a disappointment which shows how far DC has to go to reach either Marvel's consistency or Nolan's brilliance. For all the moments in which it comes together, whether visually or narratively, it's marred by a poor script, derivative aesthetics and a lack of character or soul. As muddled, bombastic, disposable fun, it gets the job done very nicely, but our end reaction is the same as that of Mark Kermode: "Is that the best you can do?".

Daniel Mumby
Daniel Mumby

Super Reviewer

½

I feel as though the DC Comics franchise may have publicly performed its suicide with this film. What began with a few interesting characters, dragged on into a 40 minute exposition of the film's universe and a census of the overpopulated neighborhood. Then the big baddie is revealed -- and it makes no sense. The wheels fell off the wagon from there. Dreadful. Absolutely dreadful.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

It's not nearly as bad as Man of Steel, but it's not nearly as good as a number of other movies you could watch. The plot is paper thin, it gets pretty cliche at times, and everyone's favorite part (Harley Quinn) is the most annoying in my opinion. This is 99% because I feel the coy, goofy, over-confident super hero/villain is entirely too played out, and 1% because of the way Margot Robbie says "puddin." If you're all in on the DC universe, and I don't know why you would be, you'd enjoy this film. If you're not, or if you're like me and are all out of the superhero genre all together, then don't waste your time & money (For the record, I only wasted my time).

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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