RAMPAGE OF THE SUPER VILLAINS: SUICIDE SQUAD

 

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Sometimes, it feels so good to be bad.

 

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Maybe that’s why I took such great delight watching “Suicide Squad”.

 

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The formula’s quite simple. Pluck a task force of DC’s crazy Super-Villains from the Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary for the “worst of the worst”, arm them to the teeth and dispatch them to kill an ancient witch – to save the world from her over-computerized Armageddon.

 

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Such a merry melee! And no heroes here, really.

 

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Even the good guys are bad, although they agree to being used for the interest of good… It’s just a pack of bad baddies, good baddies and bad goodies.

 

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I love films based on comic-books. They don’t take themselves too seriously.

 

Of course, at the back of my mind, I was asking: Do they really need so many meta-humans to annihilate an archaeologist possessed by an ancient Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) magicking humans into blob-like monsters and her metal laser- shooting brother who have no convincing motive for destroying the world?

 

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And frankly, I would die to see more of the demented couple – Joker(Jared Leto) and his female version, Harley Quinn(Margot Robbie).

 

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Harley Quinn stole the scene from everyone with her rendition of a neon-splashed doll-like cheerleader sociopath. Without doubt, she had the most fun. Too bad she’s mostly an underused bombshell here because it’s not her movie anyway.

 

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Truth is, she had more impact than everyone, including her “Puddin”, the metal-toothed Joker, who had the most pre-release publicity but was relegated to a minor role and given too little screen time.

 

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The rest, except for Deadshot (Will Smith), made sympathetic by being shown as a loving dad, and one-time gangbanger turned repentant pyromaniac, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) who killed his family when he failed to control the flames flying from his body, are cardboard characters.

 

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Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) was more of an Australian stereotype. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) a cannibal half-reptile, had too much prosthetics and too few lines.

 

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The “bad goodies” include ruthless U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), who’s as scary and unpredictable as the crazies she’s wrangled for the job. She plants a micro-bomb in her Suicide Squad’s necks, programmed to blast them to bits if they don’t toe the line, and coerces them to become redeemers.

 

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And she brought in Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), lover of the archaeologist persona of the Enchantress, a career military man who takes charge of the super villains on their mission, plus his bodyguard, Katana (Karen Fukuhara), a samurai sword with a grudge.

 

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Oh well, the plot maybe silly and the characters, preposterous but what the heck. It’s a comic story onscreen and the movie’s  murderously fun.

 

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SUICIDE SQUAD

 

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