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Monday, August 8, 2016

Suicide Squad: Movie Review

by Lorie Lewis Ham

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I grew up on DC characters and I love them. I however am not all that familiar with the Suicide Squad. What I do know I learned from CW's Arrow so I don't know how that compares to the comic books, and I also know some of the characters on their own. However, the latest run of DC movies have mostly been a disappointment and sadly you can add Suicide Squad to that list--however, that doesn't mean it isn't worth seeing.


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This movie shows the beginnings of the Suicide Squad--a group of expendable incarcerated super villains brought together by the government to fight villains that normal humans can't. This team is the baby of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and led reluctantly by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). They are brought together to fight the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), a magical being that is bent on destroying the world. The situation is made more complicated for Flag because the Enchantress inhabits the body of the woman he loves. The team, dubbed Team X, is made up of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and one or two others. Also on the team is hero Katana (Karen Fukuhara). As a side plot, the Joker (Jared Leto) is attempting to free Harley Quinn.



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Suicide Squad suffers from the same problems as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice--great cast, but a bad script and directing (especially the script). The actors did a good job with what they were given--I especially liked Harley Quinn and Katana (who were both totally bad ass), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc does a lot with just few lines. I also enjoyed Jared Leto's performance as the Joker--it was different. The movie has some good moments and a lot of fun action, but the plot is filled with holes and a feeling that they were rushing to turn this group into a team. Some of characters behaved in conflicting ways from one point of the movie to another, and you really weren't given the chance to get to know and care about them like we had with the Marvel movies.

So as I said, Suicide Squad is worth seeing if you ignore the plot problems, though I might wait for video if you can't afford to see many movies in the theater. I just wish DC could get their act together and make a truly good movie--the potential is all there, just stop trying to rush things and do something about the writing! We will see what happens with Wonder Woman.

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Lorie Lewis Ham is KRL's editor-in-chief/publisher. She has published in many venues through the years and has 5 published mystery novels. You can learn more about Lorie's writing on her blog Mysteryrat's Closet.

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