DC’s comic-book adventure about the press-ganged-from-prison team of super-villains is… The Dirty Dozen. That’s it.
Okay, Will Smith (After Earth) is back on Fresh-Prince form as fast-talking family man and lethal assassin Deadshot, whilst Margo Robbie (Focus) again steals the show this time as crazy, vulnerable Harley Quinn. Jared Leto (Blade Runner) is properly unsettling as The Joker. The rest is by the comic-book, block-buster numbers.
Not nearly as terrible as other reviews would have you believe, it just doesn’t set the screen alight; although everything on screen catches fire pretty much all the time.
The rest of the Suicide Squad act their socks off trying to kick start this as a franchise, but really can’t lift it. Joel ‘Very Tall’ Kinneman (Child 44) is in a different movie as Flag, the gruff Lee Marvin solider type. Jay Hernandez’s penitent Diablo has the best back story. Karen Fukuhara’s female super-samurai Katana is a superfluous kick-ass chick. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) teeters on the brink of Hulk/Thing/Groot parody. I have no idea what the useless Boomerang Bill (the generally useless Jai Courtney – Divergent, Genesys) is doing – oh, yeah, Aussie comic relief.
The plot, such as it is, concerns one of their own, Cara Delevigne’s (Valerian) Enchantress, going AWOL, resurrecting her warlock brother and starting the Apocalypse. Yes, another one.
Always-committed Viola Davis (Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones) is the chilly, psychopathic government agent Waller, trying to fight fire with fire.
The action is competant, the plot is irrelevant, there’s too many characters in the merry-go-round and the only people to wake us up whenever they come into frame are Smith and Robbie, with exactly the dynamic they failed to find in Focus.
If you missed it, don’t worry. See Doctor Strange instead. RC
Suicide Squad (2016)
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Running time: 123 minutes
Genre: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science fiction
Cast: Will Smith, Margo Robbie, Joel Kinneman, Jared Leto, Cara Delevigne, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, Karen Fukuhara