What do you get when you have a secret government agency who recruits a bunch of the worst supervillains and sends them on a dangerous mission, lead by black ops, with a promise of reduced sentences?
A squad that is the brainchild of Amanda Waller, a tough intelligence officer. Heading the squad is Col. Rick Flag with the task of keeping these ne’er-do-wells of the criminal kingdom, in check. You are never too sure who’s heart is actually in the right place, and whether any squad member, or either good or bad guy, has their heart on the right team. With this, allegiances are questionable at so many junctures, so the fact that the plot is more straight forward, slotting this story in to the bigger picture of the DC Universe, will keep audiences from losing track.
Meet the team – Get to know The Suicide Squad
The film does take place on a timeline just after the events of Batman vs Superman (read the SAMDB Batman v Superman BluRay review – DVD and BluRay out now). And stay for the end credits, as there is a hint at what is next on this timeline.
Suicide Squad, as a story, is entertaining. It has a rocking soundtrack, which is not only comprised of a plethora of greatest hits, but it’s bound to make you think twice, perhaps with a slight chuckle, when next you hear any particular song in future. Choosing apt moment in which to merge the lyrics of each song with the story line, this adds not only to the feel of the film, but makes the entire experience that much more enjoyable.
There is plenty of action on the squad’s mission. Death defying stunts, over the top fights as a result of their meta-human abilities, and more than enough humorous banter to add a smile to anyone watching. Leading the charge in bringing humour to the fore, is not the Joker this time, although he has his moments, but Harley Quinn. Her manic personality brings brevity to each fight, while her coldness to violence shows the apposite pole of humour. Margot Robbie is a delight as this character, showing such diversity in her roles, coming from the recent Jane in The Legend Of Tarzan.
Jared Leto makes The Joker his own, and with such big shoes to fill, with the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, he is by no means left wanting.
Well cast, Suicide Squad has set the tone for many movies to come in the DC Universe, now that we have a new Superman, a new Batman, a fight between these two greats, and now with Superman gone and Batman seeking to clean Gotham, we have the Suicide Squad on the lose, pushed to fight evil by a government who sends a bad guy to catch a bad guy.
An entertaining story, a great super hero (or villain) movies, rocking soundtrack and a talented ensemble of actors making up the leading characters, Suicide Squad is a delight. Action, humour and engrossing story to boot, it’s one that everyone needs to have on their list to see. Better still, slot it in to the DC timeline, and get the overall picture, and prepare for what is to come.
Suicide Squad opens 5 August 2016 in South African cinemas.