Review: Suicide Squad

Synopsis
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.
U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.  However, once they realise they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
From director David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) comes Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy.

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Verdict
We’ve been looking forward to this since the pictures of Jared Leto with green hair and sans eyebrows first leaked last summer but sadly the reality fell short of expectation.
The ante is slow from the get-go with a good 40 minutes at the start dedicated to divulging each character’s back story. It’s then ironic that one of the biggest faults with the story is the inconsistency of the characters. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is introduced as a beautiful psychopath but this quickly dissolves leaving a bat wielding warrior in her place and the viewer wondering at one point (and weighing less than 120lbs) she honed these fighting skills.
What’s more unbelievable still is the bond that this, supposedly heartless, sociopathic ensemble forms and, while we have it on good authority that the over-the-top stereotyping stems from the comics, on screen it’s a little awkward and borderline racist.
Leto’s Joker is a highlight though his screen time is considerably short and while we’re in no rush to watch the film again we’ll definitely be downloading the soundtrack.
Ultimately it’s not the worst way to spend a couple of hours but with so much potential we’d hoped for even a little of the darkness  Christopher Noan captured in his Dark Knight trilogy or at the very least some of the comedy of the Marvel Avengers’ movies.

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Expect to see adaptations of this look everywhere on October 31st….

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