Suicide Squad (Review)

suicide-squad-Harley and Deadshot

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.

 

Terminator Genisys (Review) Minor spoiler or two

terminator-genisys-poster

He’s Back!

Terminator Genisys will be one of those summer blockbusters that will divide people. The critics and fans reactions can be compared to Man of Steel. Man of Steel (the newest superman movie) has a lot passionate fans who truly love the movie and went to see a few times in theaters but there critics who really found the movie uninspiring and disappointing.  Judging from the reaction from the fans on twitter and social media, Terminator Genisys will divisive.  However, everybody seems to agree that Arnold hits a homerun as the Terminator again.

Terminator Genisys begins in the future 2029 that fanbase knows. Skynet and the Terminators have captured and exterminating the human race. John Connor (Jason Clarke) appears in the future, and Skynet starts to be defeated. John and his right hand man, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), launch a offensive to take down the time machine that Skynet used to send a Terminator back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), John’s mother.  They fail so John sends Kyle back in time like he is supposed to but this isn’t the same 1984 that John told Kyle about.  Kyle encounters a T-1000 and is saved by Sarah Connor.  Sarah and her parents were attacked in 1973 by the T-1000. Her parents were killed and a Terminator known as the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) saved Sarah Connor. Sarah knows about everything in her future: Skynet and Judgment Day,  Kyle is supposed to be John’s father and her lover, and John Connor will lead the humans to victory. Her goal is stop the existence of Skynet so she can decide her future for herself.  She, Kyle, and the Guardian (Sarah nickname for the Terminator is Pops) destroy the T-1000 and decide they must go forward in time to 2017.  Cyberdyne is going to launch an app called Genisys which is the Artificial Intelligent known as Skynet. They must stop it but John Connor stands in the way.

Lets start with the bad first, Genisys is divisive.  For one Jai Courtney has no business being Kyle Reese. Courtney is a vanilla actor because he is not charismatic or even likeable on screen. The movie begins with Courtney as Kyle Reese talking about his childhood and being rescued by John Connor. He seriously lacked chemistry with Jason Clarke who played John Connor in the beginning. He did grow on me a little bit in the last act of the movie. It was a bad casting decision to hire him. Emilia Clarke also delivered a vanilla performance at first but she grew on me and kind of like her at the end of the movie. The screenwriters (Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis) and the director (Alan Taylor) did a poor job of having redundant dialogue and not really flushing out characters.  Despite these flaws, the movie was rather enjoyable.

The action was fun to watch although the studio shot itself in the foot by showing a majority of it in the trailers. The dynamic between Sarah Connor and her Terminator was great. I think the audience felt that Sarah deeply loved her Terminator and he felt the same about her although he never said it.  The dynamic and banter between the Terminator and Kyle Reese was hilarious. The two men are obviously competing for Sarah’s affections. Despite what the critics say, the plot is easy to follow. It is not full of holes but it does leave a few questions open like who sends the Guardian Terminator back in time. J.K. Simmons also plays a detective in 2017, and he is memorable with the little screen time   Arnold, the Terminators, and Skynet make this movie worth watching several times.

The T-1000 is played by Lee Byung-hun and the T-1000 is still as cool as in the second Terminator movie. Lee doesn’t have the charisma that Robert Patrick did but he is also given little to do in the movie.  Jason Clarke plays the T-5000, a nanomachine hybrid, that still can bleed but resurrect himself.  Clarke plays a good bad guy but isn’t memorable like Arnold being the bad guy in the first and Robert Patrick in the second movie. His action scenes along the T-1000 really enjoyable, and they make the movie fun. Spoiler Alert, Matt Smith (Dr. Who himself) plays Skynet. Skynet has a humanistic body in the future, and Matt Smith is Skynet. He is the T-5000 who infects John Connor. He only appears in the movie for 5 minutes but he does survive in 2017 and is supposed to have bigger roles in the sequels.  Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers as the Terminator protector. I felt like you can tell that he loved Sarah Connor like a father.  He has great one liners like “I’m old but not obsolete.”  Arnold is what makes the Terminator movies enjoyable. He is the primary why the franchise is still popular in global pop culture. Personality, I want him back for the sequel and the third movie too. He also gets a nice little upgrade at the end of the movie.

Overall, Terminator Genisys is a good entertaining movie.  The action involving the Terminators is great. The actors who play Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor grow on you. I will give the Terminator 3 out 5. I’m hoping Skydance Pictures finds better screenwriters for the next movie that help flush out characters.

Matt Smith in the sequels needs to have a personality. Skydance and the producers need to find writers who can really develop a personality for Matt Smith’s character. I see the character having a sadistic personality like the Joker. They should find writers can create a action driven story with a lot of character development.

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.