*SPOILER ALERT!* This review contains story details.
I went to see the latest effort from DC Comics and DC Entertainment, Suicide Squad last night. The short review is, it was not worth my time and money.
The movie starts off with promise. The introduction of the characters was well done and there was a good build up of tension. I had my concerns with the casting, but Will Smith and Margot Robbie put in convincing performances as Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively.
The problem is the story. Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis, is a government powerhouse who is concerned with national security. She convinces the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to allow her to put together a team of government prisoners to do super-powered dirty work for the good old US of A. One of the team members is an ancient witch called The Enchantress. She breaks loose from Waller’s control and teams up with her just-as-ancient warlock brother to take over the world.
Enter the rest of the Squad: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quin (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Lead by the elite soldier Col.Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and supervised by Katana (Karen Fukuhara), this rag-tag group of criminals set out to save the world from The Enchantress and her evil control.
Look, I get the concept of the anti-hero story. The good guys and bad guys are not always clearly defined. But with Suicide Squad, you walk out of the theater not sure who to root for or even if you’re happy or mad about what happened. As you may have guessed, the Squad saves the day but not before going through a weak story line and gratuitous fight scenes. One poor plot move in particular is when Amanda puts a bullet in each member of her mission support staff because “They didn’t have clearance to see any of this anyway.”
A predictable story ruins a good setup of characters. It looks like it’s going to be awhile before DC catches up with Marvel on the storytelling front. Suicide Squad gets one and a half stars out of five with me.