Suicide Squad (2016)

WORST HEROES EVER

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

Suicide Squad is the third movie that’s a part of DC Comics’ expanded Universe and throws us into the thick of things by introducing the worst of the worst, a bunch of antagonists who are pulled together by the ruthless Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), in order to stop a greater threat from taking out the world. As one would expect from David Ayer, who has given us both the awesome End of Watch and Fury in the past, Suicide Squad is suitably intense, and rarely slows down. Aside from the rather unoriginal plot device of the third act that has been used in everything from The Avengers to 2016’s Ghostbusters, Jared Leto’s Joker, a few tonal issues and the largely pointless inclusion of the character Slipknot, Suicide Squad is an absolute blast from start to finish and although it will be divisive – not just because it’s another DC movie, Suicide Squad is just a hell of a ride.

The team that Waller assembles includes one of the world’s best assassins, a hitman for hire Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot (Will Smith). Smith, along with Margot Robbie’s insane psychopath Harley Quinn, are both easily the best parts of the film and make it worth watching for their performances alone, and its probably Smith’s best performance in years. He aces it as Lawton and we get several good jokes from his character as the film injects a bit of humour, even if it’s mostly a really dark experience. But darkness is something that we should expect with the DC Comics movie universe by now and the tone of Suicide Squad, whilst being all over the place, manages to make things clear, you’d never see a film quite like this – for good or for bad, as part of the Marvel Universe.

Joining Deadshot and Harley Quinn as part of Suicide Squad, are Jai Courtney (Hollywood, please stop trying to make him happen), as Captain Boomerang, an assassin whose favourite weapon you can probably guess. Jay Hernandez is El Diablo, a gang member with fire-conjuring powers, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s character Killer Croc suffers from a skin condition that gives him a new reptilian new look, and then, to keep them all in order is Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, the role that Tom Hardy would have originally played but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Kinnaman is pretty good as Flag, even if his romance with Cara Delevigne’s Dr. June Moone feels poorly developed.

Oh, and there’s Karen Fukuhara as Katana, a badass martial artist and swordswoman. Aside from Deadshot and Harley Quinn, Katana is the next best character her and I really hope we see a greater role for her in the DC Comics Universe in the future.

The film has a pretty good soundtrack, featuring plenty of tracks that I liked including The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and it certainly sets the atmosphere for the movie well. Whilst it ultimately falls into the trap of including brief cameos from Batman and The Flash in an attempt to further establish the DC Comics universe which probably could have been avoided, especially as the constant flashbacks drag down the movie a bit and despite the soundtrack being plenty of good choices on there it was probably one or two songs too many.

The action can feel a little repetitive in places but most of the characters get at least one or two moments to shine even if the bulk of attention is on Smith and Robbie. Davis’ Amanda Waller is an excellent character here in her own right, being very cruel and very badass, unflinching and just as you’d expect her to be. There’s a mid-credits scene as well which hopefully could lead to have her return to the DC Comics Universe in the future.

Despite its flaws, Suicide Squad is an entertaining blockbuster that’s another solid entry (at least in my opinion) and another movie that whilst I can understand where the critics are coming from, was massively underrated by most of them. Hopefully this won’t be the last that we’ll see of these characters in the DC Universe (Well, apart from Leto’s Joker).

VERDICT: 7.9/10

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