By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
“Suicide Squad” is this late summer’s hit action flick, despite its poor reviews. It’s packed with super bad guys (coerced into helping the good guys), mostly derivative special effects, and enough character development to not be a total waste of your time. Oh, and it is colorful, with special 3D effects. There is some bad language and a lot of violence. In fact, every kind of weapon gets used in this film.
Movie poster for ‘Suicide Squad’.
The bad guy criminals are, themselves, weapons, tools at the disposal of the U. S. military. Each has his or her own skill for mayhem and destruction. But each also has an Achilles heel, known and used to keep them in check. Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, head of a top secret project to protect American interests in a world increasingly overrun by “meta-humans”.
Early in the movie, the point is made with the military chiefs that we got lucky with Superman, in that he shared our values. Not all “meta-humans” will. Her idea is to use these super bad guys as a super special forces team; if they get exposed, they can just be thrown under the bus.
We meet the main bad guy characters while they are incarcerated. Will Smith brilliantly plays Deadshot, a highly paid assassin who never misses a shot. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, steals the show as (Jared Leto) The Joker’s girlfriend; formerly his psycho-therapist, now she’s just psycho. Diablo (Jay Hernandez) has pyro-kinesis, the ability to throw fire at things. These three get some backstory. The others include: Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) for whom “evolution went backwards”—he’s not only fierce and cannibalistic, but amphibious; Boomerang (Jai Courtney) brings gadgets to the caper and has a reputation for not working well with others; Katana (Karen Fukuhara) is a Japanese sword expert protecting the good guys.
Leading the military Special Forces sent out with the Suicide Squad is Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) who just happens to have fallen in love with one of the “assets”. She is Dr. June Moon, an archeologist who discovered the wrong cave and got taken over by a female entity called The Enchantress. Yeah, the plot starts there, such as it is.
The story wants to pick up after the death of Superman (spoiler for “Superman v. Batman”). The film is action-packed. Do see it, if you like that sort of thing, or if you are a bit bored at this point in the summer. There aren’t too many good movies out right now, anyway.
Suicide Squad is “Rated PG – 13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.” Definitely not made for children or pre-teens, in my opinion.