Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Suicide Squad Review

Suicide Squad

Release Date: 4th August 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures 
DC Comics
RatPac/Dune Entertainment 
Atlas Entertainment 

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 123 minutes

Budget: $175,000,000

Box Office Gross: $745,600,054

Plot Summary
When the White House becomes concerned about the safety of the President of U.S., Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller has a plan. She wants to get a team of super-villains together and have them fight against possible threats to the country. 

In exchange, the villains are promised reduced prison sentences. The group includes master assassin Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Katana, El Diablo and Slipknot.

Rick Flagg is put in charge, and he soon finds out that the villains are a handful.

Will Smith - Deadshot
Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn
Jared Leto - The Joker
Cara Delevingne - The Enchantress
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agjabe - Killer Croc 
Jai Courtney - Capt. Boomerang 
Karen Fukuhara - Katana
Jay Hernandez - El Diablo
Joel Kinnaman - Rick Flagg
Alain Chanoine - Incubus 
Adam Beach - Slipknot
Ike Barinholtz - Griggs
Scott Eastwood - GQ Edwards
Jim Parrack - Johnny Frost
Common - Monster T
Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Cameo)
Ezra Miller - The Flash (Cameo)

Writer/Director - David Ayer
Executive Producers - Zack & Deborah Snyder, Geoff Johns and Steven Mnuchin
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Colin Wilson
Producers - Charles Roven and Richard Suckle
Co-Producers - Alex Ott and Andy Horwitz
Production Designer - Oliver Scholl
Makeup and Hair Designer - Alessandro Bertolazzi
Costume Designer - Kate Hawley
Director of Photography - Roman Vasyanov
Film Editor - John Gilroy 
Special Effects Supervisor - Michael Innanen
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jerome Chen
Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Mark Breakspear
Visual Effects Supervisors: MPC - Robert Winter
and Seth Maury
Animation Supervisor - Steve Nichols
Music - Steven Price

In the pre-release of SUICIDE SQUAD, I was skeptical that this movie might be as lacklustre as BATMAN V SUPERMAN (click here) due to the backlash from many critics who trashed the film for its meaningless style and approach to try take away Marvel's spotlight in the comic book movie biz. Now after watching the latest entry from the much rather maligned DC expanded universe, I found out that it wasn't a bad movie at all, but close to reaching the standards that are yet to be explicitly shown in this cinematic franchise. The movie was a creative vision for its absolute sheer focus on the villainous protagonists and its colourful style different than in other DC movies that each share a darkened tone in the story. I did like the change of tone with this film, however I do feel the story was a little disappointing and disjointed.

Will Smith is a much unexpected casting decision for the part of the assassin Deadshot, but he succeeds to compliment the character with much strength and swagger which is very typical of Will's usual approach to his characters. Margot Robbie wields mischief and mayhem in her spellbinding performance as the insane Harley Quinn. Jared Leto was good but not nearly convincing as the late Heath Ledger for the role of the clown prince of crime, The Joker. I always thought Heath was the best actor to get the part right in THE DARK KNIGHT (click here), but Leto was a tough act to follow in his footsteps on SUICIDE SQUAD.

If SUICIDE SQUAD had not been labeled as a quasi-knockoff to some of the movies from the Marvel cinematic universe, then the film may have been better received and would be considered the turning point for DC's own cinematic universe. This was the most anticipated film in the year 2016 and is highly recommended for the avid comic-book readers of DC and fans alike. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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