MOVIE REVIEW: Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad is practically every petty thing you have seen before—what else but a whirlwind of debris and yet another omen of failure.

Following the events of “Batman v Superman,” the worst of the worst criminals are enlisted by merciless government agent Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis whose character seems to have been perfectly stripped off the legal TV drama How to Get Away with Murder. There is a radiating sense of responsibility to prepare the higher-ups against “the next Superman,” knowing that it could be a major security threat.

And so we get to be familiarized to the Squad led by Will Smith’s Floyd Layton (whose gun-shooting skills as a marksman tagged him as Deadshot) and Margot Robbie’s cartoonish Harley Quinn who is paired to Jared Leto’s shortly exposed The Joker. In no time, every single character is introduced with the help of on-screen cheat sheets showing background information that can’t be wholly read by a weak eye. The problem of Suicide Squad deeply lies with the abundance of characters to develop and the lack of time and effort to develop them in the first place. While we are on the note of keeping tabs with who is who and where each of them is coming from, this is expected to go beneath the surface for any superhero team-up movie. Suffering from bland characterizations, Suicide Squad is helpless in making these characters important—at least to the plot, at most to the viewers.

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Props to DC Comics for giving this timely big break to the super villains. It is such a wonderful premise to begin with. However, throughout the course of director David Ayer’s illustration of their villainous dispositions, everything collapses during action scenes that understanding their personalities becomes a struggle. It is rather tough to root for any one of them, granted the evil within them, and the story’s inability to contrast and compare the three possible “real” threats: the Squad, the Government, or the Antagonists who are wisely kept secret on the background. By the time the audience determines who the true enemy is, empathy could hardly be present and the flick becomes one of the many attempts to be anything close to remarkable.

On another hand, there is plenty of conveniences across the narrative making it a breeze for characters to “win” over difficult situations. In the same manner, when it is just about time to surrender, we get the same level of convenience. And so it feels flat a lot of times with too many questions left unanswered, despite the film teeming with perky soundtracks that could only be awesome in the trailers. What comes to mind is the online clamor for the film to be the studios equivalent to Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy, only it is not. The end result is that conflicts leave the windows open instead of giving them the chance to be solved with an air of suspense.

In the advent of today’s popular superhero movies, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad might be in the league of disappointment for fans and non-fans alike but there is still hope for DC’s followups including Wonder Woman and Justice League to redeem themselves. The studio is pretty much up for the competition and hopeful audiences around the world should at least commend this endeavor.

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