A group of specially-equipped individuals who don't get along put aside their differences to work as a team and surrogate family to fight CGI drones and a bigger CGI monster to put an end to a world-ending villainous plot involving a beam of blue light into the sky and/or smoke.
It's a scenario in almost every superhero movie, and as much as “Suicide Squad” promised to be anything but, it ends up being like all the rest.
DC's newest entry to the superhero genre focuses on a group of supervillains, including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and … well … no one else for whom you will find yourself caring giving the brisk overview of their villainous ways and lack of purpose in the film.
The team is headed by a no-nonsense Viola Davis who must wrangle them into submission for an extraction in an urban war zone made possible by some high-powered individuals.
The movie promoted itself as the anti-superhero movie, but it quickly fell into step when it came to putting its team in battle. Sure, there was a bit more hemming and hawing regarding the decision to save the world, but there isn't enough in “Suicide Squad” to set it apart from any of the superhero movie predecessors.
The film hurts from disinteresting dialogue meant to stir emotions in some of the characters, a considerable lack of chemistry among the majority of the group, and the severe miscasting of Joel Kinnaman as Col. Rick Flagg (not to mention that there are noticeably young actors playing an Army colonel, an archaeologist and an asylum psychologist). Kinnaman isn't quite up to par to be Will Smith's foil and can't quite seem to drudge up enough anger for the band of misfits, regret over any of his actions or an ounce of love to make a side-love story in any way believable.
The best bits from the movie are what is featured in the trailers, and it was clear that those promotional items drained what it could from the laughs in the film, given the silent movie theater audience.
The movie makes the mistake of trying to introduce too many characters at once and keeping the focus on them in the beginning ,only to inevitably drop away from them later. The film already was leaning more toward Smith, Robbie and Hernandez's characters, and that may have be sufficient even if it would have relegated the rest of the team to being DC's version of Hawkeye. The majority of the team is useless – no one apparently thought to consider how to make a character named “Captain Boomerang” remotely useful – and that's rather painfully obvious once the battle begins.
And like other superhero movies, the faceless CGI army (made up of actual people, but that information is shrugged away in a second) doesn't create much suspense or intrigue, and they inexplicably fade away as soon as the team gets to the big baddie.
Using a band of villains to fight on a city-wide scale might be useful for things like the script not caring about collateral damage, but the idea of this group being villains isn't used enough aside from making them all a little quirky.
“Suicide Squad,” if anything, will make you interested in seeing a Harley Quinn and Joker movie feature Ben Affleck's Batman, but it's not entertaining enough to keep you interested in this superhero team itself.
I would have hoped that DC would learn from Marvel's mistakes of using one-off villains and cookie-cutter storylines, but there's nothing quite new just yet for fans of the genre hoping for more.
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