There were a lot of expectations from Suicide Squad. It was meant to be a tent-pole film -- one that launches sequels, spin-offs, merchandise, new comic-book story arcs... It was also supposed to bring DC back into the business of dishing out films that bring rake in the moolah and up the creative ante.
The heartbreaking fact is, Suicide Squad fails on all counts. It is a colourless non-entertainer. It is easy to point out the faults. The story revolves around a pack of deadly criminals in jail, some of them metahumans, who are about to be brought back to civilisation by a hard-as-nails Amanda Waller. Pry in further and you realise Amanda is just a government agent. This must be the single-most drab job name in the history of fiction.
The individuals are Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye), who are to be babysat by Col. Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman).
Even as these discussions are going on, it is revealed that Flagg’s girlfriend, Dr. June Moore, (Cara Delevingne) has her soul captured by The Enchantress, an ancient evil witch who wishes to destroy the whole world. She is aided in this by her brother, Incubus (Alain Chanonine). And in all this, there’s Joker (Jared Leto), who is pining for the love of his life, Harley Quinn, and is trying his level best to get her out of prison.
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And, this is the biggest problem with the film. The plot is right out of an off-season comic book script that is printed just because there’s a deal. Actually, comic books scripts created just because there’s a deal are better than this script. By now, the audience should be fed up of superhero films where ancient evil/alien supervillains/alien beings attack a place and the superheroes have to save them. Sincerely, that’s been done to death, the afterlife and beyond. Strip the film out of its cowl and superhero junk and you have a script that’s better suited for a Dolph Lundgren and Steven Seagal late ‘80s and late ‘90s fare. And even Dolph’s gone to The Expendables now.
Another lie that the film tells us is that this is an ensemble cast. Apart from Will Smith and Margot Robbie, the director and scriptwriters seem not too bothered by the others. None of them are even referred to, let alone being fleshed out. They suffer in the script and the screenplay. It’s like there’s a magnet attached to Deadshot and Harley in every frame and the camera’s attached to it.
Director David Ayer is out of depth. It is a wonder how so many directors get one simple aspect wrong. Why do DC films have this dark, foreboding look? Why are the audience tortured with non-existent lighting, darkness all around and non-visible action sequences?
As for the performances, everyone is wasted in the movie. It also commits the terrible mistake of taking the audiences for granted. We are told all these men are killers and all that – but nothing in the film convinces us. In short, a criminal waste of time – forget this film.
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