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Review: Suicide Squad

Release Date: 7 December 2016
Format: gformat-dvdgformat-bluray
suicide_squad_dvdStarring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto

When a ruthless government agent decides that the worst criminals are the best line of defence against a meta-human menace known as the Enchantress, the Suicide Squad is assembled. Chief among them are bad girl Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), mercenary assassin Deadshot (Will Smith), pyrokinetic El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), reptilian cave dweller Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and bogan Aussie thief Boomerang (Jai Courtney). A candy-coloured mash-up of gritty urban action, comic book aesthetics, lurid production design and a streak of insanity that matches its characters, the overall effect is Fight Club meets The Avengers. Harley Quinn is the movie’s pin-up girl, but it’s actually Will Smith (in one of his least grating performances in years) who steals the film. And Jared Leto’s Joker, who was criminally underused in the theatrical version, gets a bit more screen time on the Blu-ray in an Extended Cut that adds approximately 13 minutes of unseen footage.

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3 Responses

  1. Such a fantastic movie, wasn't what I was expecting and I'm very fussy with what I watch. Great storyline, amazing acting. Will definitely recommend. Looking forward to the sequel.
  2. Yet another filmed slammed by the critics, and snubbed by the public - why? I don't know... because this is one of those films that doesn't try to be anything other than sheer entertainment on an epic scale. Perhaps it was the trailers that promised a fun and undemanding romp of bright colours, explosions, fabulous music, and yes, that Harley Quinn outfit. And it is all that...but there is a beating heart here that plays out as well - no pun intended. A tad more solemn than the trailers would have you believe...the characters all have back stories - most tragically so, which gives them resonance and believability in a universe inhabited by the fantastical and unbelievable. Visually stunning, beautifully filmed...and the music? To die for in all the right ways. I love this film. The 3D visuals are brilliant. The extended cut is worth a watch. The storyline is fairly basic, but it is the wonderful characters and the choices they make that give this film its clout - Harley Quinn, El Diablo and Dead Shot, I'm looking at you here. There is so much going on - so don't lose focus, or wander off to make a cup of tea - or you'll miss something important. A crazy, moving and ultimately satisfying movie for those of us that watch films to be entertained. High Art this isn't, Suicide Squad is the graffiti sprayed along the grungy back alley wall. I dare you to enter.
  3. I had high expectations going into this movie as the amazing trailers left me stunned. However, my expectations were a bit too high and I was left disappointed. Margot Robbie shines as Harley Quinn and gives the standout performance. Jared Leto on the other hand was severely underused, as were many other characters, although he was not that exciting to begin with. The flashback sequences were irrelevant and took away from what was happening.The Joker as the main villain would have been better as the villain is terrible. The film is dark and very poorly edited. The film suffers as it hyped itself u way too much when really it's nothing special.

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