Movie of the Week: Suicide Squad

This week, summer at the movies takes a turn for the bad. This week sees the arrival of my most looked forward to feature of this summer featuring an all-star cast. From the pages of DC Comics, via the rogues gallery of many of DC’s most celebrated heroes, the most unlikely team of heroes you could possibly imagine. That’s because this isn’t a team of heroes in the slightest; they’re villains conscripted to perform dirty work for the U.S. government and if this task force doesn’t stay in line, it’s curtains. Overseen by A.R.G.U.S. operative Amanda Waller, and guided by Rick Flagg, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Slipknot, Katana and Enchantress are Task Force X, aka the Suicide Squad.

What am I expecting to see?: “DC’s cinematic redemption.” Earlier this year, we saw a DC movie that pit heroes against each other and that failed, so maybe watching the so-called “worst of the worst” save the world can salvage 2016 for the entertainment conglomerate. I tried to see if I could rent Fury, so that I can familiarize myself with David Ayer’s work but alas I could not, so I’m going into Suicide Squad fresh and ready to sample what he can do as a filmmaker. Also this has to be the most star-studded ensemble cast to grace a comic book movie outside of The Avengers franchise; we have Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Scott Eastwood, Adam Beach, Common, Ike Barinholtz, Jared Leto as the Joker and the possibility of Ben Affleck reprising his role as Batman. Amanda Waller believes her task force, despite their dangerous inclination for wrong-doing and bad intentions, can do some good. I’m hoping Suicide Squad can make some good!

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