Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Suicide Squad (Nik's Piks: Movie Review)

Suicide Squad

"Don't forget, we're the bad guys." ~ Suicide Squad

Well, well, number one at the box office three weekends in a row! Guess Suicide Squad is telling the critics where to stick it! Still, one could say it is all relative. There aren't exactly too many great films playing in theaters right now. As more of a Marvel fan, I didn't rush to see Suicide Squad. When I started to hear some good things about it, I decided to ignore the critics and check it out.

When Gotham City is threatened with supernatural terrorists, corrupt government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to fight fire with fire. She convinces officials to band together the worst criminal masterminds in Gotham City to create the deadliest task force ever seen: Deadshot (Will Smith); Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie); Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney); El Diablo (Jay Hernandez); Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje); and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Using whatever means necessary to motivate these prisoners and keep them in her control, Waller exploits her power to ensure a successful mission, even if that means taking advantage of them and her own team led by Army Special Forces agent Rick Flag played by the very handsome Joel Kinnaman. But can these bad guys turn good long enough to save the city?

The film does a decent job of giving ample backstory. However, the plot is weak and two-dimensional and never fully develops. But relax - it is meant to just be fun and introduce movie audiences to these comic book super-villains. Will Smith is believable as the loving father who is torn between doing what is right and doing what he is ordered to do; Margot Robbie is both seductive and adorable and pairs very well with the sexiest Joker ever played by Jared Leto. There are also cameo roles by Ben Affleck as Batman, Ezra Miller as Flash, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Suicide Squad also stars Cara Delevingne as Dr. June Moone / Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, and Ike Barinholtz as prison guard Griggs.  

"Everyone has a weakness, and a weakness can be leveraged." ~ Suicide Squad

Of course, the film will make more sense and be more exciting if you understand the connection between all these characters. However, if you don't, just sit back and enjoy the ride for what it's worth - a showcase of the best WORST DC villains and a platform in which to build a movie industry giant. The special effects and make-up artistry are top-notch. I particularly loved Moone's transformation into Enchantress. Oh, and the music is kick-ass as well. 

My biggest complaint with all DC Comic films is that they are dark, which is why I am not labeling this as a Family Movie Review. Sure teens may like it, but it really is for hardcore comic fans and mature viewers who like the genre even if not too familiar with these specific characters.  

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There was a lot of talk about the film being released with a R-rating. However, wanting to take advantage of a younger audience, the studio scaled back just enough to be released as PG-13. While Suicide Squad has the typical non-stop action and violence you see in other superhero movies, including a high level of mass destruction and explosions, there was also more sensuality. For all these reasons, I strongly caution parents against letting those under thirteen see it.

Suicide Squad is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content, and language.



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