Suicide Squad (2016)

By Livia Peterson

“Suicide Squad” is worse than “Fantastic Four” (2015), “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016), and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016). The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) does not offer valuable superheroes.
 
Based on the characters by DC Comics, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) recruit incarcerated supervillains – Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Joker (Jared Leto), Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Chato Santana/El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (Will Smith), and Waylon Jones/Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbajeto) to destroy June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). The villains belong to the Suicide Squad (hence the title).
 
The marvelous cast does not attain the potential. Robbie and Leto are the immediate scene stealers. Ms. Quinn and the Joker are sassy and sexy. Meanwhile, Davis and Kinnaman display difficulty to maintain the Squad. Whereas the Avengers are awesome, the Suicide Squad seems fatigued.
 
Before the theatrical release, “Suicide Squad” confirmed some optimism: Exciting marketing campaign and David Ayer helmed the film. Yet, it is considerable disappointment. The introductory sequences are fine; however, it instantly progresses downhill during the second and final acts. “Suicide Squad” frequently demonstrates speedy production and possible crew dilemmas.
 
“Suicide Squad” provides the formulaic narrative, cloying conversations, and conventional action sequences. The initial thirty minutes are fun, but the subsequent one hour and thirty minutes are dull.
 
Superhero movies require empathy and compassion to recognize today’s difficulties. However, “Suicide Squad” assumes the criminals are acceptable to solve massive worldwide wars. The ridiculous notion is intolerable.
 
The superheroes and supervillains produce and solve the setbacks. Alas, it’s the equivalent for the movies too. D-

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