Movie Review: “Suicide Squad”, Even super villains can save the world

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Suicide Squad       Director: David Ayer           Action/Crime            Pg-13                          2Hr. 3Min.

Superman has fallen, Batman is wandering. Who do we have left to look to when the safety of mankind is threatened? David Ayer—writer of “The Fast and the Furious” (2001)—brings to the table, a finely crafted collection of anti-villains sure to turn the tide in the film’s franchise for the better.

The film begins with “House of the Rising Sun” (1964) playing over Deadshot—played by Will Smith—in a Belle Reve prison cell, pounding away on his punching bag. He is soon met and harassed by his correctional officer, as he is given his poor excuse for a dinner. Deadshot threatened the guard, claiming “the moment he escaped from his cell, he would kill (the guard).” The guard uses the threat as an excuse to take Deadshot from his cell, strapped to a chair, and beaten mercilessly.

The camera then pans to Harley Quinn—played by Margo Robbie—in a cell of her own, acrobatically hanging from a series of ripped sheets, tied to her cage—like bars. She is approached by yet another guard who proceeds to sexually harass her. The criminally insane Harley, plays along with his act and encourages him to join her in the cell. Instead the guard calls for backup, takes Harley, drugs and beats her, before tossing her back into her cage. Immediately after, we are introduced to Amanda Waller—played by Viola Davis—proposing her plan to a few members of the U.S. Government, to create a team of villainous Meta—humans to fulfill tasks otherwise be impossible for human soldiers. The American council is sold on the idea, before the colorful “Suicide Squad” logo flashes across the screen, accompanied by befittingly crazy music.

After three movies, the “Suicide Squad” has successfully redeemed the franchise’s poor reputation. Unlike its predecessors, “Suicide Squad” strongly took inspiration from both the comics as well as the animated movie “Batman: Assault on Arkham” (2014). It took the characteristics that fell short from the prior two films—dry scenes and over glorified fights—and replaced them tasteful and cleverly placed humor that had the entire audience erupting with laughter.

Apart from a small handful of things, there wasn’t a whole lot of issues I had with the film. Namely, Margot couldn’t seem to get Harley’s Brooklyn accent down. There were a couple moments when character introductions and backstory felt a little forced, but that was more of an issue with the producers attempting to force the Justice League prematurely. Considering what the film’s origins, it truly was a fantastic film. Not to mention the films soundtrack was off the charts, with such hits as: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2016), “Without Me” (2002), and “Fortunate Son” (1969).

I have to admit, I had my doubts about this movie; but walked away thoroughly impressed.

It is for these reasons listed above that I have given, “Suicide Squad” 8 out of 10 Broncos.

Similar Movies: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “Batman: Assault on Arkham” (2014), and “Man of Steel” (2013)


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I was raised on a ranch in Nampa, and yet I've always had greater talents as a writer than an equestrian. I graduated with honors from, Columbia High School in 2011. From there I proceeded my education to the College of Western, where I would spend the next two and a half years changing my major, uncertain what I'd like to do with my life. Eventually I settled with a Liberal Arts degree, figuring that I would discover my true potential when I graduated. Unfortunately, after obtaining my Associates degree, I still had absolutely no idea what "I wanted to be when I grew up"; so (in an effort to avoid wasting money, when I didn't know what my major would be) I took the next year off of school, to find myself. Indeed it nearly took me the full year to realize what I wanted to do, but by the time the following summer rolled around I was certain that I wanted to be a movie critic, and I was ready to enroll in the fall semester of 2015. I am currently a Communications Major, with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Studies. Additionally, I am seeking a certificate in Cinema/Digital Media. Now that I have joined the Arbiter, I am confident that I am well on my way to becoming a professional movie critic.

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