Release Date: 5 August 2016 (USA)
Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman
Running Time: 2h 3min
What do you get when you mix some of the most deadly and dangerous super-villains? The Suicide Squad. But these baddies are on a different mission. Instead of taking over the world, these guys are here to save it.
On a mission to save the world from the deadly forces of the Evil Enchantress, U.S Intelligence officer Amanda Waller sets out to create an army like no other. Instead of powerful heroes, she assembles a team of the most devastating metahumans and arms them with deadly government weapons. Against their will, she bribes the incarcerated Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and Diablo to embark on a dangerous mission under the watchful eye of Colonel Flag to save Gotham from an unknown dark force – but is that really her motive?
Meanwhile, the elusive Joker begins to hatch his own plans to find and rescue what he feels is rightfully his – his Queen, Harley Quinn. With his green hair and crazy eyes, he will stop at nothing to find his love. And so begins an epic battle between the government and The Joker – ending in The Joker’s supposed demise.
As they reach closer to their target, the Suicide Squad realize the motives behind Agent Waller’s plan and finally find out the truth behind their Suicide Squad mission, so decide to abandon it altogether.
While they debate their fate over a strong drink in Gotham’s ghost town, the Squad realize they have the opportunity to prove themselves as superheroes, rather than supervillains. After a struggle, they finally defeat the Enchantress and save Gotham.
After a successful mission, The Suicide Squad return to their cells with reduced sentences – until The Joker returns, and frees Harley Quinn from her incarceration once more…
When it comes to bringing any comic to life, you’re always going to have some haters – and let’s be honest, it’s never going to be as good as the comic. But DC tried. And they tried pretty hard. This made it an entertaining movie, that was perhaps overhyped in the run up to its release.
Suicide Squad took some of Hollywood’s best known actors and placed them into some of the most iconic roles. Margot Robbie was absolutely exceptional as Harley Quinn, Will Smith was pretty believable as a high-class hitman, and although Jared Leto wasn’t Heath Ledger standard, his Joker was utterly mad (which is just the way we like him). Because of this high-profile cast, it made the particularly slow and dismal storyline that little bit more exciting.
Although the storyline lacks coherency, the dark and dismal landscapes and imagery are exactly what we want from a DC live-action movie. They brought together some of the greatest Superheroes of our time (The Flash and Batman make brief cameos) proving that the DC Universe is forever expanding.
The whole movie is equipped with epic CGI battles, action, aliens and graphics and thoroughly takes advantage of what comic book fans want – with a bit more gender equality. Unlike many of DC’s other movies, it’s clear within Suicide Squad that there’s Girl Power. Harley Quinn, The Enchantress, Katana, and Waller are the epitome of powerful, although sometimes they may lie on the wrong side of the law (and morality).
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the movie is the ending – and not because we just wanted to get it over and done with. Instead, the ending finishes on an energetic cliffhanger that sets us up nicely for Suicide Squad 2 where hopefully we will learn more about the stars of this movie, Harley Quinn and The Joker.