Thursday Night Movie Club
Suicide Squad
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Release Date: 5 August 2016

Director: David Ayer
Will Smith
Margot Robbie
Viola Davis
Jared Leto
James McGowan
Jai Courtney
Jay Hernandez
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Cara Delevingne
Alain Chanoine
Adam Beach
Karen Fukuhara
Jaime FitzSimons
Ike Barinholtz
Harley Quinn
Amanda Waller
The Joker
Panda Man
Monster T
George Harkness/Captain Boomerang
Killer Croc
June Moone/Enchantress
Businessman / Incubus
Sergeant Ames Bravo 14
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 The Suicide SquadSuicide Squad has all the right elements to be a very good movie. Unfortunately, with the exception of Margot Robbie, there isn't much else going on here.

After the destruction of Metropolis from the battle between Superman and General Zod in "Man of Steel", people of the Earth are scared that there would be no stopping another such episode. No one is quite sure if Superman will go on a rampage of his own destroying everything in his path.

A drastic situation calls for a drastic, if not insane, measure. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) wants to organize a special unit that will fight against any super-powered, meta-human attack. Thanks in part to Batman, several super-villains are in custody. They only need the right "motivation": Fight for justice or revenge.

The authorities find this idea dangerous and ludicrous. These men and women have wreaked havoc already. They will do so again. These people cannot be allowed to roam free. Controlling these people is the primary concern. What is to stop them from escaping once they are released from custody?

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in Suicide SquadWaller has carefully found the chink in the armor of each criminal. Each one has fatal flaw. Waller exploits each weakness to achieve control. Waller's flaw is she is too trusting of her own ability to control these dangerous villains. On the other hand, these villains are all looking for a loophole.

The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) is a Mayan-type Goddess who was imprisoned by her subjects. In modern times, June Moone (also Delevingne), on an expedition, releases the Enchantress who then takes over Moone's body. Moone now has a split personality. Waller can summon Enchantress anytime she chooses. Waller is in possession of Enchantress' heart. Therefore, Waller has absolute control over Enchantress.

Enchantress briefly escapes just long enough to awaken the spirit of her imprisoned lover Incubus (Alain Chanoine). Waller has no control over him. Incubus goal is to recover Enchantress' heart and create a weapon that will destroy all humans on Earth for the humans betrayal and imprisonment of the two Gods.

How to fight Gods? Simple, put together a band of especially-talented misfits and send them on this suicide mission. If they succeed, the government authorities take the credit. If they fail, the rogue team of misfits takes the blame. Government 2, Suicide Squad 0.

There are several problems with Suicide Squad. There are way too many characters to keep them and their abilities straight. Deadshot (Will Smith) is an exceptional assassin. He never misses, no matter if he is wearing a special laser eye piece or not. So what does the eyepiece do? Monster T (Common), Panda Man (James McGowan), Slipknot (Adam Beach), what do these characters do? Why are they in the movie except to fill out the squad? Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) makes sense because he supposedly swims like a crocodile.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide SquadHighlighting the cast of Suicide Squad is Margot Robbie. Robbie's take on Harley Quinn is hilarious and at times quite touching and tender. Quinn will strip naked in front of an army of men without a second thought. She will smash a store=front window to steal something because it is who she is and what she does. However, when the chips are down and the Suicide Squad is all but finished, Robbie gives a wonderful speech on the bigger picture and why they should go on with the mission.

Jay Hernandez as Diablo in Suicide SquadTo add some length to Suicide Squad director David Ayer and the screen writers add background sequences into the characters. Deadshot is in prison because Batman (Ben Affleck) knows his weakness, his daughter. Diablo (Jay Hernandez) lives in isolation because he cannot control his fire-related powers when he is angry. He knows he is dangerous. He also has a conscience. This is the underlying theme of Suicide Squad, even bad men and women have a conscience. For their own personal reasons, they do the right thing.

Most of the flashback stories involve Harley Quinn and her relationship with The Joker portrayed quite admirably by Jared Leto. Quinn is Joker's prison psychiatrist. Quinn wants to get to Joker's core to rehabilitate him. Joker uses her sympathies towards him to seduce Quinn. Joker helps Quinn see who she really is. Robbie is fantastic depicting Quinn's slow descent into Joker-induced madness. Quinn loves Joker. Joker tells Quinn he loves her. Does he?

Jared Leto as The Joker in The Suicide SquadLeto's Joker is different from other screen adaptations of the character. Joker is much more insane. He is smart enough to use his insanity to his advantage and the consternation of others. Joker "appears" to be accepting Quinn's rehabilitation. Under the surface, Joker carefully chooses what he says and how he says it. He may suddenly burst out in rage merely to make his point.

Sargent Ames (Jaime FitzSimons) is the only other interesting character. He is the leader of the Suicide Squad. His mission is to stop the Enchantress. Amanda Waller wasn't looking for volunteers. Ames is ordered to lead suicide mission. Someone has to keep the Suicide Squad focussed. He alone cared whether the mission succeeds. His only bargaining chip is Waller's control over each of the squad members. Leadership via blackmail. Good luck with that.

Jaime FitzSimons and Will Smith star in The Suicide SquadLike so many other films, Suicide Squad is a story about the illusion of control. Similar to "Demolition Man", the authorities control June Moon/The Enchantress. Unfortunately for them, they have no control over her control of others. Like the Joker, she calmly bides her time waiting for the slightest opportunity and then taking full advantage of the situation to exert her powers.

Suicide Squad starts simply enough. The further the story progresses, the more confusing it becomes until the story is a mess. Complicating the ending to the point of total chaos, Joker appears hell-bent on rescuing Harley Quinn no matter what the cost. Joker doesn't care who dies as long as he gets Quinn. Quinn changes her allegiance to Joker, until his helicopter is shot down. Then, Quinn promptly rejoins the Suicide Squad. Back to Plan A. Huh?

The result is a mess of a fight where no one knows who is fighting whom. Similar to "Man of Steel", the wanton destruction of the Suicide Squad on top of the wanton destruction caused by Superman and Zod is very disturbing. Entire city blocks are leveled and no one cares. Why care? The citizens were evacuated. No problem.

Suicide Squad ends on a positive note. Bruce Wayne meets with Amanda Waller. He orders Waller to disband the squad. Otherwise, Wayne and his friends will stop them. Thank you Bruce Wayne. There won't be any sequels!