We Review: Suicide Squad
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Ayer|
|Written by||David Ayer|
|Based on||Characters fromDC Comics|
|Music by||Steven Price|
|Edited by||John Gilroy|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$267.1 million|
Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film, based on the DC Comicsantihero team of the same name. The third installment in the DC Extended Universe, the film is written and directed by David Ayer, and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz,Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences.
By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Pictures. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014, and by October, the casting process had begun. Principal photography began on April 13, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with additional filming in Chicago, Illinois, and ended in August that year.
Suicide Squad premiered in New York City on August 1, 2016 and was theatrically released on August 5, 2016, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. The film has grossed over $267 million, despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, who praised its action sequences, effects, humor, its soundtrack and the performances of the cast, but criticized it for its choppy plot and editing.
In the aftermath of Superman’s death, intelligence operative Amanda Wallerassembles a team of dangerous criminals—the deranged Harley Quinn; elite hit man Deadshot; pyrokinetic ex-gangster El Diablo; opportunistic thief Captain Boomerang; monstrous cannibalKiller Croc; and specialized mercenary Slipknot—at Belle Reve Penitentiary and places them under command of Colonel Rick Flag, to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. Each member has a small bomb implanted in their neck, designed to detonate should any member rebel or try to escape.
One of Waller’s intended recruits is Flag’s girlfriend, Dr. June Moone, an archaeologist who is possessed by a witch-goddess known as “Enchantress” after touching a cursed idol. Enchantress quickly turns on everyone, deciding to eradicate mankind for imprisoning her. She besieges Midway City with a horde of monsters and summons her brother, Incubus, to assist her. Waller then deploys the squad to extract a high-profile mark from Midway, and Flag alerts them that Enchantress’ heart must be cut out of her to regain control of her.
Ahead of their departure, they are joined by Katana, who wields a mystic sword and acts as Flag’s bodyguard. Harley’s lover, the Joker, finds out about her predicament and tortures Griggs, one of Waller’s men, into leading him to the facility where the nano bombs are made. He blackmails one of the scientists involved in the program into disabling Harley’s bomb. Sensing the squad’s approach, Enchantress destroys their helicopter, forcing them to proceed on foot to their target. On the way, Boomerang convinces Slipknot that the bombs are a ruse meant to keep them under control. Slipknot attempts to escape and is killed, while the team is attacked by Enchantress’s minions. The team manages to escape to their final destination at an underground bunker, where they learn that their mark is Waller herself, who is attempting to cover up her involvement.
The squad escorts Waller to the rooftop for extraction, but the arriving helicopter has been hijacked by the Joker and his men, who open fire on the squad while Harley climbs aboard.
While this isn’t your typical comic book flick it manages to be somewhat fresh and cool. I am giving it 3.75 stars, as it wasn’t “GREAT” but managed to hold my attention all the way through. There isn’t much suspense, and several characters seemingly die and then reappear, but not all! This is a good, fast paced, modern action movie, that I can recommend to all fans of the “comic book to movie fad.” – MR