It's on, b*tch!
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 04 August 2016, 7:40pm
Running time: 123m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 04/08/16
Rating: 7.5/10 (ME 4/5, DP 3.5/5)
When the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and her brother cause havoc in Midway City, a world without a Superman must find a different solution to battle the foe. Enter mysterious government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) who brings together a group of villains, each with their own special skills; Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Can this random collection of villains be trusted to save the city, or will they exploit the trust placed in them to satisfy their own desires?
Suicide Squad is the third instalment in the latest DC Comics film franchise which began with the 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel. Like the successful Marvel juggernaut, there is a broader DC story arc at play here linking Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice with 2017's Wonder Woman and Justice League, but Suicide Squad also works as a stand-alone film in its own right. The Flash (Ezra Miller) makes another brief appearance and Ben Affleck returns as Batman, but a previous understanding of the franchise isn't required for this to all make sense. There are back stories galore to give you a thorough brief of some of DC's more obscure identities.
Less villain and more anti-hero, Suicide Squad moves from a simplistic glorification of crime to a layered tale of redemption. Some of the content is dark and confronting and far from a superhero outing for the kids. Jaded Leto's Joker adds another dimension to the iconic character as his softer and more romantic side collides with the mania of his psychotic villainy. The visual design is stunning; bold colours chaotically pop out of the darkness in a visual feast. The special effects are flawless (risk the headache the next day and see it in 3D) and the soundtrack provides the relentless kick-ass heartbeat to the film. There are aspects of Suicide Squad that don't challenge the genre. There's a big foe that needs to be defeated (keep an eye out for Cara Delevingne doing a cross between liturgical dancing and Wuthering Heights) but it's the blurring between good and evil and a shifting empathy that provides the freshness here. Recommended. (ME)
TIP: stay for the closing credits. There's an additional scene halfway through.
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