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The highly anticipated film of the year, Suicide Squad, was released early this month and has already been met with stupendous box office success. The film takes place within the DC Universe and occurs after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The premise of the film surrounds a group of super villains, recruited by intelligence operative, Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis), to defeat a higher evil. It is not explicitly said on who or why until you watch the film.
The opening of the film tells the history of the many super villains, who all appear to have a role to play within the ‘Squad’. First up is Deadshot (played by Will Smith) who, as his name suggests, is a skilled mercenary who guarantees that he will always kill his target. His background is shown earlier in the film, where we see he has a 11yearold daughter named Zoe, whom he holds very dear. In short, he’s an élite hitman by day, loving father by night.
Second to be recruited is fan favorite Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie). Her character is known to be associated with one of the most famous super villains, the Joker (played by Jared Leto). Here, she is seen to be innocent, naïve and ‘untouched’ by the Joker’s manipulations. The crux of her descending into madness is shown when the Joker uses electric shocks to drive her into insanity. From there, however, they engage in a romantic, if not toxic, relationship with possession and craziness being focal points.
The third super villain to be introduced is the Killer Croc (played by Adewale AkinnuoyeAgbaje) who was born with a skin condition that gives him the scaly, reptilian skin of a crocodile. As a result, he has been shunned by society and lives in sewers. His character in the comics is depicted as cannibalistic but in the film, he is shown eating goats and livestock.
Briefly shown is Captain Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney) whose weapon of choice are, you guessed it, killer boomerangs. He is shown to be rugged, unpredictable and snarky and is portrayed as a bogan, his Australian accent attenuated around his American comrades.
El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez) is briefly shown as well, as a man with numerous tattoos over his body (including some on his face to make him look like a skeleton) and to be of Mexican or Spanish heritage. His superpower is pyrotechnics which can be unpredictable. He is shown surrendering to police in front of a burning house and has since promised himself to never use his powers again, fearing the harm he can create.
Finally, Dr June Moone is introduced and is proved to be central to the plot. Dr Moone (played by Cara Delevingne) is an archaeologist who stumbled along a cave with ancient artefacts. Unbeknownst to her, the artefacts are cursed and an entity possesses Dr Moone, where she transforms into the darkly creäture known as Enchantress.
Enchantress is shown to be at least 6000 years old (having been imprisoned in the artefact for almost as long) and is determined to purge the Earth of humans for having kept her and her brother, Incubus, entombed for centuries and not worshipping her.
With these villains, Waller has the idea that they can be used as disposable assets sent on high risk missions for the US government. To keep the villains in control and not let them cause havoc in the world, each is injected with a small bomb in their neck which immediately detonates should they get out of line. Helping Waller control the villains is Colonel Rick Flag, who happens to be the partner of Dr Moone. Body guarding Flag is the katana wielding, and aptly named, Katana whose weapon is renowned for possessing the souls of those who it kills.
The film was an instant box office success their worldwide opening garnered $267.1 million from 59 countries and IMAX global début of $18.2 million, which set new records for the month of August. It was also highly anticipated, despite the negative reception and lower than expected box office performance of Batman v Superman. While being successful among audiences, many film critics have given scathing reviews of the film. It appears that audiences the public and critics alike are divided on their opinion about the film. For me personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Following the release of Batman v Superman with Batman being my Significant Others most favorite character growing up he didn’t want to get his hopes up too high for Suicide Squad in case of disappointment. I think I was more excited about this film than he was because I have the biggest girl crush on Margot Robbie. That woman is freakin’ gorgeous I remember her days back on Neighbors and then bam! I’m seeing a lot of her in the Wolf of Wall Street and her star status is continuously rising.
Perhaps it is better to watch this film objectively, since it is a sensitive one where there are many fans who would not want to see this film go to the crappers after the disappointment of Batman v Superman. Suicide Squad has action, craziness, and funny one-liners. It’s a film you should catch especially if you’re into Queen, the soundtrack has one of the best bohemian rhapsody rendition.
Student View gives this film a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed By: Elizabeth Hoang