Saturday, June 11, 2016

Suicide Squad: A solid action adventure of super villains

Less than two months are left before Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment unleash the latest feature length chapter of their cinematic DC Extended Universe, and this one is something even more completely different from “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. This time around, it is super-villains – criminals, murderers and psychos – who will take big screen as they follow a totally dysfunctional team adventures in “Suicide Squad”.

And WB is really going to need all positive feedbacks for this flick, especially after the not so hot box office performance of “Dawn of Justice” (considering it starred two of the most iconic superheroes ever created and guest-starred a third). They’re certainly pulling all the stops to make “Suicide Squad” a killer (figuratively speaking) summer blockbuster, to the point that the stars were called back to perform some additional reshoots of several scenes, ostensibly to brighten the general mood of the film narrative (again, compared to “BvS”). The results may be worth it so far, as Yahoo! Movies relate the fact that a May 20 test screening got so much love from its audience, and an even more recent advance screening in Sacramento got more positive opinions for the movie.

For those who have yet to understand what this super flick about DC super-villains are all about, it is based on the same titled DC comic book series appearing in some for since 1959. If you have seen this year’s Fox-Marvel runaway hit “Deadpool” then you’ve got an inkling of what’s in store here. A deep-classified government agency, ARGUS, led by pragmatic and unethically extremist spymaster Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to put together a deniable covert special operations tea officially called “Task Force X”. Its purpose: to perform high-risk black missions on behalf of the US government.

Its recruits come from the best of the worst of America’s imprisoned criminal population, from mundane crooks to freaky super-villains, and if they do their job well and behave as much as they possibly could, they could get their jail times reduced. Any insubordination however is punishable by death with body-implanted bombs.

The “team” put together for this movie include marksman-for- hire Deadshot (Will Smith), criminal psychiatrist turned pyscho super villainess Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), quirky assassin Boomerang (Jai Courtney), pyromaniac El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and the monstrous cannibal Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Rounding out the roster is team leader Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and his personal bodyguard Katana (Karen Fukuhara). The flick also stars Cara Delevigne as the mysterious magical Enchantress and Jared Leto in a twistedly evil and epic portrayal as classic Batman foe. There is already much hype going for the movie everywhere according to especially given that good word of mouth from the test screenings are coming from non-comic book fan moviegoers who see “Suicide Squad” as a solid action adventure even without recognition of the DC characters in it. With descriptions such as “mind-blowing” and “genius”, along with praise for Robbie and Leto’s performances, other theater-goers can hardly wait for August 5 to finally arrive.

And to give you an idea of just how big “Suicide Squad” is, there is already a stand-alone film for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in development, and plans for a sequel is also floating about, one that would be rated R like “Deadpool”. It sure looks like a return to fighting form for Warner-DC after “Dawn of Justice”. Let’s see if the rest of the world agrees.

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