Suicide Squad (Review)

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At Least the Team is Good

Can a director write a script in six weeks and make a really good blockbuster? Suicide Squad tries to answer that question and it is resounding no! Warner Bros. signed David Ayer, director of Fury and End of the Watch, in September 2014 to write and direct the Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. had the film scheduled to start filming in April of 2015 and to be released in August of 2016. David Ayer had 7 months before filming. He had to research the characters, write a decent script, cast the team (which most of the team December of 2015), and start pre-production in 7 months. Steven Spielberg, John Ford, or any other famous Hollywood Director could have completed this task Warner Bros. and again the studio failed to supersede Marvel’s success.  Suicide Squad turned out to be a mess but is saving grace are the characters and the chemistry that the actors display and really helps bond the characters together.

Superman is dead! The world doesn’t have anybody to protect it. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) believes that she can coerce a group of supervillains to fight for her and protect the world against other metahumans who want to destroy it.  She manipulates Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamann) to fall in love with June Moon (Cara Delevinge) to keep her alter-ego, Enchantress, at bay. Enchantress quickly turns on Flagg and Waller. Waller seeking a way to stop Enchantress recruits the supervillains known as:  Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney),  and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) to fight for her.  The supervillains must work together and prevent Enchantress from destroying the world.

Suicide Squad is a clock with a lot of broken parts but casting, visuals, and action is the parts that work. Visually has a dark setting but the lightening allows humor to be infused within the movie. The action is spectacular. Deadshot can take out an army of baddies by himself by him being so accurate. Harley beats people up with her bat and looks sexy while doing. Captain Boomerang has different kind of boomerangs that help him.  El Diablo and Killer Croc are the muscle with superhuman powers or strength that can rip enemies to shreds or burn them to a crisp. The action sequences are very entertaining because the team works together and each add humor some situations.

Will Smith nails Deadshot. Smith delivers a tormented heart felt performance  and is really the leader of the Suicide Squad. Margot Robbie is fantastic as Harley Quinn. She embodies all of the characteristics of the Harley. Jai Courtney is very entertaining as Captain Boomerang. Boomerang is such a ego maniac, snarky with every character, but also a badass. He really can kick ass in the film.  Jay Hernandez really portrays a tormented Diablo. The audience can tell that Diablo is super powerful but holds back and the movie explains that reasoning quite well. Adewale is really good Killer Croc. He has a physical presence on screen that makes his character very formable.  However, the real star is Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.  Joel Kinnamann is great as Rick Flag but the leader and villain of this movie is Amanda Waller. Davis portrays Waller as ruthless, non-empathetic, and might be a bigger sociopath than the Joker. She will kill anybody to keep a secret.  Suicide Squad has major issues.

The Suicide Squad, despite the character performances, really is unevenly paced with pointless plot.  The pacing is uneven because the movie starts with a bang with the introduction of the team in the prison complex with different musical songs introducing them then switches to Amanda Waller with her song being Sympathy of the Devil.  The song selections were perfect introductions to the characters and their personalities. Waller is the devil so her song is perfect for her. The film switches to Amanda Waller narrating why we need a team metahumans because Superman is dead. Characters actually narrate about other characters during these flashbacks.  The audience spends about twenty minutes getting introduced to these characters and we don’t get to see Waller recruit the team and see their abilities until about 30 minutes in the movie.  The film switches to the Enchantress villain and it keeps switching. The Joker even has a subplot in the film about finding Harley Quinn.  The Joker is another big problem.

The Joker doesn’t belong in the movie. He is a distraction in the storyline, and Jared Leto’s acting is a major distraction.  His Joker is a mixed bag.  His Joker and Harley have a very co-dependent relationship which is nailed perfectly but on the other hand, his mannerisms as the Joker are not creepy and rather predictable. His best scene by himself might be in the night club flashback using Harley as a distraction to kill one of his henchman. However, he is not really memorable because the Harley flashbacks and his storyline take away from the enjoyment of seeing the Suicide Squad as a team together. I walked to the bathroom during a Harley and Joker flashback because the scene was so disinteresting.

Suicide Squad is a bad movie. Everybody is to blame besides the main actors not including Jared Leto as the Joker. The action sequences are good but not memorable. This DC movie has humor in which is a positive. Will Smith, Margo Robbie, and Viola Davis really help make this film entertaining enough to watch.  Warner Bros. Studios does deserve the blame because they expedited the developmental process to complete with Marvel and their marketing department put a emphasis on the Joker. He is in the movie for like 10 to 20 minutes and seriously takes away from the screen time of the team in the film. David Ayer also deserves some blame for adding the Joker in the movie.  However, Suicide Squad deserves a sequel where Deadshot, Harley, and the whole team deserve to come back and face a worthy villain that is entertaining. Suicide Squad gets 2.5 out 5.

 

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Hello Suicide Squad plus the Joker!

Harley Quinn and Deadshot are the usually the two leaders of the Suicide Squad team.  Amanda Waller in the background is the overall commander of the team of villians

Harley Quinn and Deadshot are the usually the two leaders of the Suicide Squad team. Amanda Waller in the background is the overall commander of the team of villains

Warner Bros. is putting Marvel, Sony, and Fox on alert that they are ready to play ball!

So far, Warner Bros has been heavily criticized on how they handle their DC superhero properties compared to Marvel.  The criticism has been fair because Marvel is almost on its phase 3 with introducing Dr. Strange, Black Panther, the Inhumans, and Captain Marvel. However. Warner Bros announced their DC slate not to long ago and they are continuously stock piling acting talent for their key roles.  Warner will introduce the first Black Superhero first with Cyborg in Batman V. Superman, have a Wonder Woman movie before Marvel’s Captain Marvel movie, and have a villain team up movie before Sony’s Sinister Six movie.  Warner Bros might be fashionable late to the party but they are introducing their characters first. Yesterday, Warner Bros and DC announced the cast for Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad is a team of villains under the command of Amanda Waller who take out bad guys or take on dangerous missions for the government in order to get a reduced sentences or full pardons. Warner Bros. has said this movie will be like the Dirty Dozen. They have kind of officially announced that Deadshot will be the leader of the team. David Ayers, director of Fury, wrote the screenplay and will direct the film.   Who are the characters that we will see in this movie?

Smith will play Dead Shot

Smith will play Deadshot

Deadshot is known as Deadshot because he is a master marksmen that never misses. He is an assassin for hire who has a sense of honor. He will not kill anybody but his target usually. However, if a cop or some other hero were to stand in between his target and his line of sight. Deadshot can manipulate a trajectory of a bullet to hit his target. He kills to pay for his daughter’s medical bills. Will Smith needs this role because he has been mostly crap since he did Hancock. Smith will bring a cold likeable charm to his master marksmen.

Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg

Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg

Rick Flagg is not a supervillain.  He is a master tactician and strategist, expert on explosives, and very good marksmen. I believe this version of the Rick Flagg will be a leader of the team but will the go to guy to get new weapons or surveillance equipment. He will help the team navigate on their mission. He is the most vulnerable member of the team.  Flagg still can kick ass in hand to hand combat when he needs to.  Hardy is one of the best actors in Hollywood right now. He will make Rick Flagg be important because of his charismatic.

Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang

Jai Courtney will play Captain Boomerang

Digger Harkness is the man who is known as Captain Boomerang. He is Australian but his specialty are his boomerangs which are his weapons.  His Boomerang are a lot like the Batarangs which have special capabilities. They are can penetrate the Batsuit and or follow the Flash at high speeds. Courtney is a upcoming action star who is from Australia. He will be Kyle Reese in Terminator Genesis and that movie will be coming out next summer.

Cara Delevinge as the Enchantress

Cara Delevinge will play the Enchantress

Enchantress is a powerful sorceress. She appears to possess the ability to manipulate magical energy for any number of effects, from healing to teleportation, and can directly affect any non-living objects with her magic. She can also walk through walls. She is a member of the Suicide Squad for keeping her evil side in check.  Personality, I applaud DC and Warner Bros. for bringing in their magic universe into their film universe already. Wonder Woman fights magical enemies as does Dr. Fate, Zatanna, or even Constantine. Delevinge doesn’t have  a big acting resume so she is an unknown.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.  As the Joker likes to say Harley Harley Harley multiple times

Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn. As the Joker likes to say Harley Harley Harley multiple times

Margot Robbie is the second big fish in this movie. Will Smith is a big movie star and playing most likely the leader of the team but Robbie is playing almost the fan favorite. Harley Quinn is a character transcends any other character in this movie besides one other character. She is the Joker’s girlfriend or wife depending on what version of the comic you are reading. She has a likeable charm, is a psychopath, and has no problems in being seductive to stab a person in a back.   Robbie has gained frame from her role in Wolf of Wall Street. I didn’t like the movie so I can tell if she is going to be a good Harley Quinn. I do believe the fact she looks like Harley Quinn is one of the reasons why Robbie was cast. The Hollywood casting brass will tell you that Robbie has talent so I am not going on a fanboy about how she is awful. I mean she is no Gal Gadot after all.

Jared Leto will be the Joker or Mister J. as Harley calls him.  She even calls him Pudding.

Jared Leto will be the Joker or Mister J. as Harley calls him. She even calls him Pudding.

The Joker is the big fish of his movie. I don’t care if Lex Luthor might be in it or rumor Oprah is being considered for Amanda Waller. Waller is the commander of the Suicide Squad. The Joker is the household name. He is so beloved by many that they can’t screw him up. I do believe the Joker will be the bad guy. They will go get him because Lex Luthor wants to use him to kill Batman. The announcement gives a sense how Batman V. Superman will end. The two heroes will become friends and will decide to work together but Lex Luthor’s hatred of Superman will cause to find another villain who can take down Batman. There’s the key, The Joker is really super villain who ultimately break the will of Batman. It will be curious to see how the other villains will fit in or like this plan.  I’m Leto’s Joker will be more like Mark Hamil’s take from the Batman Arkham Games.

Overall, I like the cast annoucement of the Suicide Squad. I think the esemble cast will deliver and the movie comes out August 5th, 2016.

Arrow Review (Suicide Squad) Spoilers

Suicide Squad (left to right) Bronze Tiger, Sharpel, Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Lyla Michaels, and John Dingle.

Suicide Squad (left to right)
Bronze Tiger, Sharpel, Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Lyla Michaels, and John Dingle.

Years prior in Afghanistan, Diggle and Lyla are leading a group of Afghan villagers when one identifies a wanted man, Gholem Qadir, among the group. During an ambush, Diggle saves Qadir’s life. In the present, Diggle and Lyla are called upon by Amanda Waller to lead her “Task Force X”, also known as the “Suicide Squad“, which consists of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel. Waller has several other cells that have occupants in it.  The Squad is sent after Qadir, who was released from prison and has developed a deadly nerve agent. Waller wants to use Diggle’s past relationship with Qadir to get close to him and steal the weapon. After saving Qadir’s life again, through a faked assassination attempt, Diggle is invited to Qadir’s home for a party. Once there, Deadshot locates the nerve agent and is expected to be used as a targeting reference for a drone strike on the house. Diggle decides to save Deadshot; as a result, the drone misses the house coming after Suicide Squad. Waller sends a seal team to destroy the nerve agent. Meanwhile, Oliver continues to try and deal with the threat of Slade Wilson. Oliver is forced to go to Amanda Waller for help, revealing he has interacted with her before. At first not believing that Slade is alive, Waller tells him that A.R.G.U.S. has been tracking a new mercenary is named “Deathstroke.”

The episode only has a few positives.  The first positive is the interact between John Dingle and Deadshot. The pair have a heated history on the show, however, the verbal sparring between Dingle and Deadshot was awesome. Dingle reveals that he knows about Deadshot’s daughter. The conversations between Deadshot and Dingle focus on Deadshot’s attempt of redemption.  Another positive was Amanda Waller played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson. She is a menacing bitch in the comics, and Cynthia portrayed that accurately. The show writers did a good job with revealing little about Waller besides that she has a plan for the suicide squad. Waller also detonates a device in Sharpel’s head causing his death.  The last positive was Harley Quinn brief cameo. It was a good nod to the current Suicide Squad in the comics. Harley is the Joker’s girlfriend but i don’t think the Joker will appear on Arrow.  I found a lot of negatives in this episode.

My problem with this episode can be listed into 4 negatives.  These negatives took away my enjoyment of this episode. They are Oliver’s storyline in this episode, lack of focus on the Suicide Squad, lack of action and intensity, and the story outline.  Oliver Queen is the main character of the show. However, every once in awhile main characters of television shows need a break. Oliver has fears and problems of Slade Wilson are apparent. We know that Deathstroke is a force to be reckon with. However, his plot took screen time away from the main focus which is the Suicide Squad. He was useless in this episode.  My second big issue was the lack of focus on the Suicide Squad. Sharpel doesn’t do anything but get killed. Bronze Tiger has no main role.  Deadshot is the only villain to have a big role in this episode. Diggle’s and Lyla’s relationship took away from the intensity of the episode. My third problem was the lack of action, intensity’s, and this includes my final problem with this episode’s story outline. Previous episodes have been very intense but this episode i couldn’t wait for it to end.  I felt like i lost an hour of my life watching this episode.  Oliver’s story took away from the episode and all of the subplots. Suicide Squad are master assassins at least have them fight someone or have Sharpel blow up something or someone instead of dying. There was a lack of creative screen writing for this episode. Seriously Bronze Tiger can go to toe with Green Arrow. At least do more with his character then stabbing someone in the back and have him driving a getaway car. The story was too focused on Oliver, Dingle and Lyla, and every other character besides the three assassins and one of them dies. It was overall a bad story.

My final verdict on this episode is this episode was a waste of television time and an hour of my life. Arrow fans know Slade Wilson is a bad ass. He’s one of the best reasons to watch the show.  I love this show but, damn, it was an horrible introduction to the Suicide Squad. I’ll give this episode 1.5 out of 5. It was one of the worst episodes of the show and it was the worst episode of the season.