Suicide Squad

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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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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
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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  • Dec 21, 2016
    When you talk about DC Comic's Cinematic Universe, it's almost impossible to do so without without bringing up how Marvel has succeeded tremendously at creating its own gigantic universe that covers films and TV. DC has been trying to play catch-up since the end of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, the crowning jewel of all comic book films. Part of the problem with DC's attempts is that they failed to realize why Marvel's Universe succeeded. Marvel, during its Phase One, spent 4 years and five individual movies to assemble the Avengers for the culmination of Phase One in, you guessed it, The Avengers. They spent four years alone building up to that culmination. And, if we're being frank, they did it in a genius manner. DC, on the other hand, just decided to jump start its own cinematic universe with the overhyped Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. You could say that they really started it with Man of Steel, but I wouldn't consider that the official start of it. BvS was a direct attempt to compete with Marvel and, sadly, they haven't gotten off to a hot start. At least creatively speaking, as BvS made $850 million worldwide, which is not a number to scoff at. Honestly, BvS didn't interest me in the slightest whatsoever, though I may watch it soon. After seeing a dark and brooding Batman for 6 years, I felt that the character and franchise needed a fresh perspective. And doing the same dark and brooding Batman only with Ben Affleck instead of Christian Bale is the wrong move. People may think I'm joking, but I think the Batman we really need right now is Lego Batman. Just a goofy and silly version of the character. And, to me, Superman has always been really fucking boring as a character, so I've just had no interest in any of his movies, even dating back to the Christopher Reeve days. That's why it shouldn't surprise anyone that this is, really, my first real exposure to the DC Cinematic Universe. And, of course, I was aware of the negative reviews for this movie. Yet I was still interested because, if we're all being honest, all of these characters are far more interesting and worthier of their own movie than Batman and Superman. And I'm not even saying that there shouldn't be Batman or Superman movies anymore, but if they DC wants to differentiate its own universe from Marvel, it has to keep making films like Suicide Squad, that focuses on the 'villains' of its universe. That's why I was interested in the flick regardless of the negativity around it, at least from the film critics. Like I said, all of the characters in the movie are worthy of having their own film franchise. But this movie doesn't introduce them in the best way possible. I think I sort of fall somewhere in between the film critics and the audiences. While I don't think audiences thought this was a great movie, I get a feeling that, at the very least, a good percentage of them liked this movie. I felt the movie was better than the reviews made it out to be, but it wasn't better by that much. The main problem that I had with the movie is that the characters in the Suicide Squad get the absolute least amount possible of introduction. The Squad has EIGHT members and the movie comes in just under two hours. And that's not even including the cast outside of the Squad, like The Joker, who's not even in the movie that much. So, first things first, the film suffers from truly strong characters as far as depth is concerned. They can't go into that much detail into each member of the Squad and what drives them to do the things they do. I realize that giving each member of the Squad their own movie would have taken years to do, but at least make the film a little longer so they can actually be given more than what is necessary. The only characters that, to me, really stand out are Harley Quinn, given the fact that pretty much everyone knows her story, and El Diablo, with his backstory. Enchantress is fairly interesting, but they don't really do much with the character that the witch uses as its host body, June Moone. I think that, even if you're a fan of the film, that the movie didn't really do the characters justice in a movie that, honestly, feels really rushed. Another problem is the narrative. And that is that there is absolutely none whatsoever. Amanda Waller, played by the incredibly talented Viola Davis, wants to put a group of supervillains together to help fight for the government IF the next Superman ends up being a terrorist. All fine, but the movie doesn't really build a threatening figure for the squad to go over. And when they do it's almost close to, or over, an hour into the film. And not to mention the fact that the villain, Enchantress gone super saiyan, literally has no motivation to be doing what she's doing. She's just doing it because she can. That's it. No other reason, just cause. But before the Suicide Squad can go on and fight Enchantress, first they have to see some very important people, which ends up being Amanda Waller, whom everyone in the Squad hates. There's literally no transition from this. Waller assembles the Squad, then she disappears until it is revealed that the Squad were sent to save her. What? That made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Why in the fuck would Waller leave the government facility she works at to go someplace else where she's more at risk of being attacked? I don't even fucking know. I know Waller is an important person in this universe, but I felt that Enchantress trying to destroy the world required the Squad's services more than rescuing Waller. Maybe it's just me, but it felt like a hollow way to extend the film. When, really, they could have spent all of that time focusing on Enchantress and the Squad's attempts at taking her down and stopping her from destroying the world. And that way, with the Squad actually focused on one task, you can, hopefully, develop the bond between this group. That also feels very forced and not necessarily natural. They're friends because the movie tells me they are, not because you actually get to see it or feel it from the actors and their performances. The action isn't anything special to write home about either. I mean it's fine, the scene where the Squad takes on Enchantress has some cool moments, but other than that, there's no real memorable set piece moments. It's just all rather generic. Then again, what's forgettable to me is amazing to someone else, so, as with every opinion about this film, take it with a grain of salt. The best part about the film would, obviously have to be the cast. Are they the best cast you've ever seen in a comic book movie? No, not really. There's a lot of talented people here, of course, but the fact of the matter is that outside of Harley Quinn, Deadshot and El Diablo, no one really does anything of importance here. It's obvious that the movie is centered around Quinn, Deadshot and, to a lesser extent, the Joker. Which is another thing. I thought Jared Leto did a solid enough job at playing the Joker. He wasn't the best, I think that honor would have to go to Mark Hamill. I think the problem with the Joker is the fact that he plays such a minor part in all of the proceedings. Yea, he's trying to rescue Harley Quinn, but that's about it. He doesn't actually play any part in the main narrative, so that makes the character kind of uninteresting. And another thing, I've been seeing these memes that celebrate Joker and Harley Quinn as some sort anti-hero love story for the ages. It mentions the loyalty the two have for each other. The Joker indoctrinated Harley Quinn to the point where she can't imagine her life without him. That's not a great love story, that's an abusive relationship. He psychologically manipulates her. And that, to me, is a great story to explore if Quinn gets her own movie, which she should. But let's not pretend that this isn't anything more than just a manipulative man psychologically breaking down a woman to the point that she can't imagine her life without him. Again, that's a great story to explore in detail in the future. With that said, I thought Margot Robbie was great here. Though, realistically speaking, her outfit being as revealing doesn't really make any sense. I mean that's Harley, that's what she does. But she's practically half-naked the entire film and I can't see how her outfit is practical in a combat scenario. So I'm not even going at this from the fact that the character was fairly sexual in their portrayal. It's unrealistic from a fighting standpoint. I mean, I'm not complaining. Margot Robbie is a gorgeous woman. But, enough of that, she was great and she should definitely get her own movie as I think they can tell a great story with her character and her past. Everyone else is fairly good, no one else really stands out as far as a performer, but they're all very solid. That's about it. There's some fun to be had here in small doses, but the characters are poorly developed, the action is underwhelming and the narrative is lacking in actual direction. And, even with that, I'd still say that this was an average movie. I can't really recommend it and, as far as I can remember, this might be the worst superhero movie I've seen in a long time. Certainly since the first Thor movie, which was worse than this one. I can't recommend it, but it's gonna appeal to a more casual crowd and that's fine. Decent movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2016
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2016
    So with a disappointing start to their cinematic universe, DC and co looked onward to this major project to turn their fortunes around. The first Superman venture divided audiences around the world with its dark and gloomy atmosphere, so what could be done? Well DC and co announced a 'Dirty Dozen with supervillains' movie concept with David Ayer at the helm, a director known for dark, gritty, gloomy movies, ah. So that's what we thought we would be getting, following on from 'Man of Steel' with its dark world. But then 'Batman v Superman' happened and things changed, things got lighter, brighter, sillier, more generic. The dark brooding world of Zack Snyder had taken a bit of a beating from fans, thusly the powers that be decided to change their outlook. It was time for DC to submit and embrace the Marvel universe, it was time for a Marvelisation of their product. Enter Task Force X, a band of dangerous misfit villains that must work together to complete their undercover black ops mission in order to reduce their prison sentences. At the helm of this...suicide squad? is the hard-nosed, unscrupulous (dare I say...bitch?), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Task Force X is her baby and she's not gonna let it fail, the world needs a team to stand up against the possible threat of an evil Superman type villain, and this is it. How will Waller keep control you ask? Well much like Bob Hauk in 'Escape from New York', Waller has implanted tiny explosive devices in each team members neck. Should any of them think of running off or insubordination, the device will be triggered and their heads will pop. Because originality was late for work the day they came up with that. So lets meet this team of naughty spawns, role call! OK up first is the team leader Rick Flag played by Joel Kinnaman. This guy is an army special forces Colonel and brought in by Waller to keep control. He's the only team member that isn't a criminal. He's also played in a very bland, boring, generic way by Kinnaman who apparently seems to think of himself as the bee's knees with his annoying southern drawl. It doesn't matter how southern you play him Kinnaman, its not cool. Next up is the token stereotypically sexualised female character, that just happens to be Harley Quinn in this movie, played by Margot Robbie. So Harley is a girl, a sexy girl with blonde hair and she wears very tight booty shorts over fishnet stockings. Now there's nothing wrong with this of course but...well I'm not a teenage so I'm not gonna fawn over how great Robbie is purely because of this. Anyway Quinn has a comically large mallet, and a baseball bat and...errr...she can do acrobatics and stuff...OK there is literally no real reason for Quinn to be in this movie, there I said it. She's only here because she's basically a very popular character and that's it. When you are going up against a supernatural force, or a super powered alien force, what fucking use is a flirty blonde dressed like a stripper wielding a comically large mallet?? Quinn's love interest the Joker (Jared Leto) is of course in this movie, mainly because you need him as they included Quinn, can't have one without the other. So much you could say about this incarnation, did I like the look? No not really, its too gangster, too bling, too punk. This Joker looks like a goth teenage who's runaway from home after being scolded by his parents. I didn't really like his blinged up world, such as the gold dripping from his person in some scenes, his pimped up purple super car, ugh! just too much. I quite liked the fact that he's a basically a lowlife mobster, I liked his henchmen in their quirky masks, I liked some of his outfits such as the tuxedo, I liked some of his dialog and deliveries. On the other hand, I didn't like the tattoo's, I didn't like some of his other over the top Jim Carrey-esque deliveries, I didn't like his laugh, and I didn't like how his SWAT body armour had 'JOKER' printed on it towards the end. Overall Leto's version of the Joker was very mixed for me (what little there was of it), not terrible but not exactly what I would have gone with. Next, Deadshot played by Will Smith...oh Jesus! So its Will Smith which basically means its not Deadshot and don't be expecting to see that classic mask either cos it ain't happening. There was never any chance of the smug Smith covering up his face for the whole film so what we get is essentially Will Smith being Will Smith as he's done in various other action flicks over the years. Honesty, Smith's performance is no different, he may as well be anyone, its just the same spiel with this guy. Step forward Captain Boomerang played by Jai Courtney. Now this is yet another example of what the flying fuck is this character doing in this film? The guy is basically a crook and that's it! Sure he might be a good crook, a tough crook, an Aussie crook, but he does nothing, he has no powers! He throws some kind of electronic boomerangs that are almost completely ineffectual unless you want some aerial CCTV surveillance. Yes I can fully admit that Courtney is in fact one of the best performances in the film, its great to have an rough Aussie accent in the film and he's indeed funny. But alas his character is utterly useless, he's a bloke with a bad haircut and facial hair. Straight outta da hood is El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a Latino ex-gang member who is probably the most powerful member on the team...but doesn't wanna use them. Naturally being an ex-gang member from LA you expect lots of inane urban dialog such as 'hommie' and 'homes' etc...Deadshot uses this urban dialect when he interacts with him, which is just plain stupid sounding. His outfit seems to consist of a white vest (simple urban street wear) and facial tattoo's which are presumably gang related. This guy does little more than mope around refusing to unleash his powers. When he does its impressive, so much so it renders his human form completely pointless and boring frankly as his fire demon-like form is way more interesting. Should of cast Rick 'Zombie Boy' Genest for this character. Killer Croc up next played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Easily the coolest and most intriguing looking character, everything about this guy just makes you wanna know more. He eats people, he actually lives in the sewers, he actually moves like a crocodile in and out of the water, he has super strength and he looks damn evil. In fact this guy is so out there and seemingly deadly its kinda makes you wonder how he could ever be tamed for the team. This guy is like a mutated splicing of Hannibal Lector and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The makeup is excellent for Croc, he genuinely looks scary, you're never really sure what he's gonna do, he sounds badass, his backstory is badass, he is badass. Unfortunately much like some other characters, he pretty much does feck all except for grunting here and there and wearing a really stupid outfit. Slipknot, played by some bloke called Adam Beach. Kinda cool character name, don't know anything about him but it doesn't matter anyway because he's killed off very quickly with the old exploding neck device. We all knew someone would have to be used for that plot point, and it was Slipknot. Hell this guy doesn't even get any backstory setup unlike everyone else. Yet again, crap addition to the team, what does he do? He can scale walls really well, really quickly...oh and he can grapple really well too. K, thanks for that, next! June Moore, an archaeologist possessed by an evil spirit that transforms Moore into Enchantress, a powerful supernatural sorceress (played by Cara Delevingne). Finally a character that could actually stand up to an alien super force or other supernatural baddies. One problem, she's a bitch and a turncoat and becomes the films villainess, bummer for Waller. Enchantress seeks revenge against mankind for imprisoning her within some relic in a cave that Moore discovered blah blah blah. She also has a brother called Succubus in the same situation, together they want to destroy the human race. Such a weak villain geez, she looks cliched, uninteresting, yet more tattoo's, a poor storyline and just uses lots of flashy CGI projectiles and whatnot. Succubus is just another large CGI demon type entity that stomps around firing out these weird tentacle-like projectiles. Not really sure what these tentacle things do to people, not really sure what Succubus is supposed to be doing or why Enchantress even needs him. Together they are somehow building this machine weapon thing to wipe out mankind which just happens to be another CGI beam into the sky with lots of floating debris everywhere, ugh! Lastly we have Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and a prime example of too many characters in one movie. This Japanese swordswoman is here for no real reason at all. She is supposed to protect Flag but we don't really see much of that. I'm genuinely unsure why they included this character, guessing more footage of her was cut. This character looks lame with her childish Halloween mask, she isn't really intimidating, she looks too young, and she merely stands around being mouthy to people whenever she is addressed. Her sword has supernatural powers...but we don't see any of that so who cares. This movie was very very choppy, clearly edited to hell and clearly torn between about four different plots! Task Force X, the Joker's crime syndicate, the Joker and Quinn's relationship in flashbacks and lastly the supernatural Enchantress plot; all of which is packed together awkwardly. There is also so much crapola that either doesn't make sense or is just plain dumb. Waller kills her own staff at one point, why? because they are apparently not cleared for the information they were working on at that point. But, but...why did you use them? Isn't there some kind of protocol for using the right people for the right cases? Couldn't you just transfer them to another case or something when you no longer needed them?? Does this mean Waller is now a wanted criminal??? Like what the hell lady! Lastly, Ayer makes the bad guys out to be good guys, he turns them into goodies essentially by making Waller (supposedly a goodie at first) ruthless. But does this spoil these characters for the future?? They aren't suppose to be good guys, but now they are, hmmm. On top of that you have nonsense like the Joker supposedly going down in a helicopter crash and somehow surviving. All the special forces bullets never seem to do anything but when Task Force X come along their bullets are lethal. Apparently Harley Quinn can kill the supernatural beings quite easily with a bat when everyone else requires guns. All the special forces guys are killed willy nilly because they are apparently useless, even in body armour, whilst Quinn and co strut around in casual clothes. A simple bomb kills the supernatural superpower? GQ Edwards (Scott Eastwood) allows himself to get blown, but surely it didn't have to go down that way? And at the start when the team are suited up, they are all given their regular clothes and weapons. I get why, because fans wanna see these characters in their original outfits. But plot wise it makes no sense, why would they allow Quinn, Croc, Diablo, Boomerang dress as they do? Wouldn't they actually be better protected in the same kind of outfits as the special forces guys? And why the flip would they allow Quinn to use her baseball bat or mallet? Again, how are those objects effective exactly? The only one actually kitted out sensibly is Deadshot. This movie tries to hard. All too obvious with the soundtrack; I swear you've only been watching about 5 minutes and the movies already gone through about half a dozen tracks! I didn't count but Ayer used a lot of tunes in this movie, Jesus! Literally every scene has a different track slapped over it, some are fine, some are completely out of place (much like the movies overall humour). Half of the characters didn't need to be there or are simply useless, painfully obvious for some. Everything simply revolves around Flag, Quinn and Deadshot, mainly Quinn and Deadshot. And that's only because Quinn is massively popular (possibly because of horny teenage males), and Deadshot is played by Will Smith, so he has to be front and centre, without the mask, which is utterly lame. Yes I realise this is the extended cut I'm reviewing but it matters not. I never saw the theatrical cut but if its apparently worse than this then...shit! Put simply, the movie starts out quite well despite the thick thick narration and onscreen text, but quickly disintegrates into a generic slapped together mess of monolithic proportions.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2016
    Some semi-interesting visuals and a few characters I'd like to get to know, but an absolute mess of a movie. The thing feels like a trailer, or a clipshow, or a music video or some other sort of two-hour long promotional material for the actual Suicide Squad that comes out later.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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