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Ryan Lambie Aug 8, 2016
With spoilers, Ryan looks at Suicide Squad's cynical edge, and asks: who is its true villain?
Right from Suicide Squad's first trailer, it was evident that Warner DC had a heady stew on the way, and so it's proved. Writer-director David Ayer's movie is a comic book movie laced with elements from war and gangster pictures, topped off with a bit of fantasy and science fiction and spiked with a dash of horror.
You hardly need reminding that the reaction from reviewers hasn't been kind, to say the least, though it's arguable that all but the film's harshest critics would agree that it isn't without merit. As his superb screenplay for Training Day or his 2012 cop movie End Of Watch showed, Ayer's far from a hack, even if his films can sometimes fall on the wrong side of brutal and chaotic - such as »
Ryan Lambie Published Date Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 05:29
Marching to the rattle of machine gun fire and an ever-present mixtape of 60s and 70s rock, along comes writer-director David Ayer’s starry Suicide Squad to see out the summer season. Like a comic book-tinted Dirty Dozen, it introduces a band of criminals and misfits pressed into service as heroes by Amanda Waller (a glowering Viola Davis) - a government operative well versed in “getting people to act against their own self-interest.”
There are dark forces at work in Midway City, and so it’s up to sharp-shooting assassin Deadshot (Will Smith), crazed ex-psychiatrist Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and a bunch of other “psychotics and freaks” to bring order out of chaos. The only trouble is, neither Deadshot nor the rest of his motley crew - which also counts Aussie thief Boomerang (Jai Courtney) man-eating monster Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and »
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