Suicide Squad

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Picture Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Suicide Squad is a super villain movie based on the DC Comic characters.  It seems they believed that these characters would not be strong enough to have a story that would support a whole film and create the cashflow they were hoping for.  Instead they decided to group them all together and try to create a plot that would accommodate them all.

Superheroes are those mystical people who have special abilities used to help rid the world of evil and bad guys.  But what happens when the superhero dies?  Who will protect us then?  The film begins by providing us with the assumption that Superman has been killed and we are now left unprotected.  Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is seeking approval to create Task Force X.  An elite team of criminals whom she believes she can control.  What better way to fight evil than with evil? And if any of the criminals were to die in battle, the blow would be less devastating than that of another Superman.  From this point, the film focuses on introducing each of the super villains and giving us a brief story for the audience to be able to connect to them.  Interestingly enough, during the introduction of the villains, Batman and the Flash appear, but only briefly.  Apparently they are chump change next to Superman and not part of the equation to save the world from evil.

Our main villain is Floyd Lawton, also known as Deadshot (Will Smith).  He is our main villain because he gets the most screen time for both backstory and seems to take the lead of the villain group.  Deadshot is an excellent marksman and assassin and he never misses a shot.  He does, however, have a daughter which is easily used against him to force his co-operation.

Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) was a former psychiatrist at Gotham Asylum and the most interesting and probably favourite for many out of all the villains.  The guys want to be with her and the girls want to be her. Her story begins at Gotham Asylum where she is a psychiatrist looking after the villain Joker.  During her treatments with the Joker she begins to fall in love with him and during an escape he uses electroshock therapy on her, and it’s all down the rabbit hole from there.  Despite being an evil villain who loves pain and destruction, her character spends a lot of time showing her softer side and her dream of having a perfect storybook life with the Joker.

Joker (Jared Leto) was a highly anticipated character as many were interested to see how he would portray as the Joker following in the shoes of Heath Ledger whose portrayal will never be beaten.  Jared Leto is a chameleon actor and is able to morph into these drastically different characters and was able to do the same with the Joker.  He looked crazy and he acted crazy.  Unfortunately, his character is more of a side character and he doesn’t really have much screen time.  Because of this his character is done even more over the top to fill the short minutes and sadly falling rather flat.

George “Digger” Harkness aka Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) is a thief who as his name suggests uses a deadly boomerang as his weapon.  He is a foul mouthed sleaze who although is part of the main group is a relatively minor character in comparison.  For all the boys and girls who find Harley Quinn appealing, I believe Boomerang was added as the male sex appeal for the rest of the boys and girls.

Chato Santana aka El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is a gang member who has the ability to summon fire.  After burning into a rage, El Diablo accidentally kills his wife and children, forcing him into a very subdued villain for pretty much the entire film as he tries to give up his evil ways.

Waylon Jones aka Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) has a skin condition that causes his skin to form reptile scales.  He also seems to have the ability to stay under water, while his rage issues help give him super strength.

Tatsu Yamashiro aka Katana is not quite the same as our other villains forced into working for the government as Katana actually volunteered.  She is an excellent swordswoman and wields the Soultaker blade, a sword which traps the souls of it’s victims inside.

There is also Slipknot but he is very minor and doesn’t last so he is not worth the time.

In addition to being controlled by Amanda Waller, the team are led by Rick Flag, an army special forces colonel who can terminate any villain with the touch of a button.  Incidentally he is also chosen because of his relationship with Dr. June Moone aka Enchantress.

I chose to leave Dr. June Moone aka Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) to the end as she plays a major role in the film.  Dr. June Moone is an archeologist.  During an expedition she is possessed by the ancient evil known as the Enchantress.  June fears the Enchantress as she has no control when she takes over but is able to summon the Enchantress by calling her name.  The Enchantress’s powers are limitless and a mystery.  She could have been a really cool character, even more interesting than Harley Quinn had her role not been turned into a farce.  The Enchantress rebels against humanity for trapping her in artifacts so she releases her brother from another artifact and sets out on creating a device to destroy mankind.  It is Task Force X’s job to take her down.  The Enchantress went from a creepy cool witch to a gyrating epileptic copy of Akasha Queen of the Damned who creates black blobs and turns people into alien blobs to do her bidding.  Her outbreak is the whole focus of the film, and despite having a button that could destroy her and stop her from killing all mankind, we send in Task Force X and wait until mass killings and destruction have taken place and even then don’t do kill her with the button.

There was a lot of money and hype put into the film which is understandable as it includes so many cool villains and could have cashed in big time at the theatres and created spin offs or additional films to follow.  The characters are what made the film as they try to scramble to hold up the flimsy pieces of the storyline.  Sadly, despite any cool characters the film did not live up to any of the hype for me.  I am not a huge comic book fan so the film may have meant more to most of the fanbase out there, but I think we can all agree that the story completely bombed.  I’m not sure if they intent to create sequels to try and dig themselves out of this mess, but it’s likely they will just cash in on the merchandise and move on.

 

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