Suicide Squad ★½

Even as I recognize the challenge facing the creative team led by writer-director David Ayer, I don’t think giving the filmmakers more time—via a director’s cut or even a Netflix series—would salvage this. In fact, I shudder to think about sitting through another minute of what they’ve delivered here. This is an ugly movie, full of forced edits, facile brutality and fitful gunfire. (I can’t think of another superhero film that relied on this much shooting.) There is a weightless dreariness to the production design (it wears on your eyes, but doesn’t seep into your bones) and a relentless inelegance to its action sequences. There is a moment early on when one of the squad recruits takes an opportunity to cut and run, and oh how I wished I could have joined him.

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