Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is to DC Comics what Guardians of the Galaxy was to Marvel. Both films concern a team of outlaws trying to do some good and feature characters that aren't as well-known as some of the bigger names in their respective universes. But where Marvel Studios' biggest gamble to date paid off tremendously well in their favour, things continue to get worse for DC Comics as their cinematic universe simply refuses to take off.

Honestly, if you thought Batman v Superman was terrible, then you're in for a big surprise when it comes to Suicide Squad. By far the worst entry in DCEU or any cinematic universe for that matter, this so-called "Dirty Dozens with supervillains" is one mind-numbingly unimaginative blockbuster that's as cringeworthy & lifeless as comic book adaptations can get, and is another major blow to DC's hopes of getting their formula right.

Set after the events of Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad finds a secret government agency, led by Amanda Waller, putting together a squad of incarcerated supervillains, in order to use them as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the US government. Offered leaner sentences for their services, the team of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc & Slipknot head to their first mission that requires them to save the world from an apocalyptic event.

Written & directed by David Ayer, the movie opens with a drawn-out sequence that shows Amanda Waller talking about the criminals she plans to recruit in her proposed team. It begins with a hint of excitement but becomes tedious real soon yet goes on for some 30 more minutes. Ayer's direction is as detestable as his screenplay as his movie is all over the place and has no sense of direction at all. Even the characters are horribly written while the interplay between them is facepalm-inducing for the most part.

Production design team tries to signify the dark tone of its narrative but the darkness is superficial. Cinematography envelops the images with sunless ambience & earthy colour tones, Editing is one hell of a mess here as Ayer unnecessarily stretches out moments that should be brief while quickly skimming through events that could've benefited from additional screen time. Pacing remains dull throughout its runtime, narrative flow is consistently uneven, and simply sitting through this whole ride is quite frustrating.

Also lame is its desperate attempts at humour, for rarely any of them manage to hit the right spot. Visual effects team once again goes heavy on CGI with all the mayhem & destruction but it's empty from within, evoking no emotions at all. The key part of any story with despicable characters in the lead is that you have to make them strike a chord with the viewers, and Ayer fails in fulfilling that necessity. The soundtrack incorporates some cool tracks but they are either way off the mark or far too obvious to have any effect.

Coming to the performances, Suicide Squad features a capable cast in Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis & others, with Robbie being the only standout. Totally into her character but going overboard at times, Robbie really puts an effort to make Harley Quinn her own. Smith does well as Deadshot but his star power is surprisingly missing. So much was made of the deep dive that Leto took for the role of Joker and while it is in the actor's DNA to slip into any character, Leto's rendition of Joker is downright embarrassing.

On an overall scale, Suicide Squad is simply an array of one bad decision after another. Convoluted, bloated & clueless of its own strengths, it is yet another bland & forgettable entry in the long line of soulless blockbusters that are all hype & no substance. The final showdown in itself is such an unbelievably stupid sequence that it made me wanna throw up. No less than an eyesore, the third entry in DC Extended Universe is an atrocious example of blockbuster filmmaking that's incompetent in all aspects of filmmaking, is an absolute waste of your time & money, and is one of the worst movies of 2016.

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