Review by Steve Duffy –
The DC Universe may have flopped with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but they have set themselves up for success with this super-villain antihero Suicide Squad.
Intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Figuring it has nothing to lose, the U.S. government supplies weapons to Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and other despicable inmates. Dubbed the Suicide Squad, the united criminals must defeat a mysterious and powerful entity while contending with the antics of the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto).
The most entertaining characters are Robbie’s Quinn, Smith’s Deadshot, and Leto’s Joker. They keep the pace of the movie moving and deliver most of the film’s best lines. Disappointing was Cara Delevinge’s character the Enchantress. Her performance was dull and the character itself was reminiscent of something out of Ghostbusters instead of being an ancient evil witch.
Keep your eyes open for a few DC cameos and the soundtrack is also complete with a lot of great iconic rock songs.
Although Warner Bros. and D.C.’s Avengers-style superhero franchise may never be a super hit, Suicide Squad is the perfect popcorn picture in this summer of humdrum movies.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language
Runtime: 100 mins.