Suicide Squad (2016), Dir. David Ayer

Suicide Squad (2016), Dir. David Ayer
I don’t know what they told you, but I’m a hitman, I don’t save people!
— Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Suicide Squad (2016)

Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Common, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, David Harbour, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller.
Director: David Ayer
Screenplay: David Ayer

This film is not great but it is definitely not the worst, however it suffers from the exhaustion that already is the DC cinematic universe. Their constant need to setup their premise before we head into the promise of action packed fun—let's just thank them for setting it up within its own movie instead of what we got as an excuse of a movie with BVS. However even the action packed full of fun plot suffers again from exhaustion as the final battle feels eerily similar to Ghostbusters—the beam of light in the sky in the centre of the city creating evil that is spawning over the city. I say disappointment but that is not the right word because that would mean I was expecting something great from this film; it wasn't.

Set after the world is recovering from the loss of Superman (he is like, so like you know, dead at the moment) the fear that the world is now vulnerable to an attack from another metahuman. So what is the most logical thing to do; create a team of metahuman criminals to save humanity from other metahumans. So basically forming an intermediary team of heroes before Bruce Wayne gets off his ass to form the Justice League

The team is formed by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) who works in Top Secret for the government. She already controls one metahuman, the Enchantress who possesses the body of June Moone (Cara Delevingne) and wants to onboard Floyd Lawton / Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Waylon Jones / Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Chato Santana / El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), alongside Christopher Weiss / Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana (Karen Fukuhara). They will be lead by soldier Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman).

With an overly long introduction for each character to such obvious music I couldn't help but sigh we finally get into the plot, kind of. The whole film is built on a premise that makes absolutely no sense as it only occurs because Waller is forming her team. It is weak which only sets this film up for failure or simply a boring adventure. It could be saved by great characters but sadly these guys are not at all fleshed out. The shallowness makes sense as they have so much to cover but focussing on one character instead of several could have solved this problem. They should have stood firm and allow Smith's Deadshot to be the main; we all know Smith can carry any film and he almost did with this one but that is mainly down to his amazing screen presence than actual intent.

But what really got to me the most with Suicide Squad is the constant sexism through the entire screenplay. I am just tired of Hollywood's reliance on using women as objects to be looked at or owned. With Quinn's character it is fine to present her relationship with the Joker (Jared Leto) as it is because that is backstory, that relationship does have that dynamic. However what is not okay is its need to make every man express their attraction to her and that they would totally bone her if not for the fact that she is crazy. They imply that not only is Quinn nuts but Katana as well as she talks to her husband's soul that is trapped in her Katana when in reality that his soul actually is trapped and she actually can speak to him. This is not smart screenwriting this is simply lazy, unoriginal, and downright offensive. There are so many ways to express that these women as beautiful yet terrifying and just because they can kickass and fight better than some of the men does not save your character from being used as a sexy prop.

This film is not great but it is what it is; a superhero movie. I personally don't think this film should get as much crap that it is getting but at the same time I have no energy to really care or try to defend it, it really does not deserve that much of my time.