Suicide Squad (2016)

DAVID AYER

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2016.  , , , .  Screenplay by , based on characters created by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2016.

The good guys of the Justice League need a misfit gang of ragtags to balance them out, and here they are in all their naughty glory:  ‘s Deadshot, ‘s Harley Quinn, as Killer Croc, ‘s Captain Boomerang, ‘s Diablo and a brief appearance by  as Slipknot have all been released from prison and assembled by tough government securities expert as a bulwark against something worse than them.  With the death of Superman, the government wonders if the next superhero will be as powerful as the Man of Steel but not as virtuous, and in their desire to use these villains for their own purposes as a safeguard against this possibility, the feds accidentally release a really bad situation.  An ancient sorceress who shares the body of (which for some reason still can’t make her interesting) is supposed to be under Davis’s control (she has the witch’s heart in a locked box and can command her at will), but the ethereal mage calls up the soul of her brother Incubus and turns Gotham City into a portal to hell (or something, it’s hard to really know what’s happening in David Ayer’s messy screenplay).  The antiheroes seem pretty reliable, with the exception of Harley Quinn, whose love of her recently escaped boyfriend Joker () puts them all at risk.  Despite negative audience reaction at the time this film was released, the end result is not actually a total disaster, it’s a passable adventure whose main problem is that it lacks enough spirit to make up for how dark and sinister it is.  The uneven cast doesn’t help much, for as charismatic as Smith and Robbie are, they are useless against a painfully weak villain and a surprisingly bad Leto, who gives a shallow and annoying performance as the Joker.

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