Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review Tuesday: SUICIDE SQUAD [2016]

The authorities decide to use dangerous villains as a last resort city defense unit in a worst case scenario. 
With a rise in super-villain activity the authorities decided to train the ones already in jail to be some sort of a SUICIDE SQUAD. I don't know how accurate this is to the comic books, but it seemed like a bad idea from the start collecting a bunch of bad guys and sending them out on any mission that already has the city in chaos. But, hey, I wasn't the writer.

Here it is in a nutshell, the powers-that-be decides to assemble this SUICIDE SQUAD as a last ditch city defense team and immediately something goes wrong. It turns out one of the team is an ancient malevolent god wanting to meet up with her male counterpart and destroy the human life. Wonderful. So the Suicide Squad had to be immediately activated because cops and troops are powerless against this enemy they, essentially, unleashed on themselves. 

The movie had some issues. From the trailers you were given the impression that The Joker (Jared Leto) would have some substantial role in this film. He doesn't. He's more of a distraction that anything. The central characters are really Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). 

The movie was over two hours. Apparently the studio went into panic mode after DEADPOOL came out earlier in the year and did well while being a Rated R comic-book movie. I imagine they wanted to let this loose with wimpy DC cartoon semi-violence that no one would've liked, but decided to push it up a couple notches and sex it up with the sexy/ steamy/ sultry Margot Robbie. That woman steals every scene she's in. She's so gorgeous that she distracts you from the mediocrity of the film and makes you want to watch it. Of course, Will Smith did an excellent job as well, which helped the watch-ability with a substantial body count. 

You can tell this movie suffered from poor thinking that they tried to fix with editing and re-shoots. In the end, I would call it entertaining for what it was, but still second rate DC film. they either need a new studio or writers or direction to make these more coherent and less disjointed. Christopher Nolan breathed new life and interest in DC characters with his BATMAN trilogy, don't blow it guys!  

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