Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Intelligence officer Waller (Viola Davis) gathers a gang of supervillains (enough to fit every racial category plus some auxiliary whites) for her counterinsurgency operation. What sets this film apart is its complete neglect of a bad vs good set-up, the squad members have a cheeky swagger, endearing but nonetheless guilty of really messed up shit. Hardly any dying innocent bystanders are used to make us feel any type of way about the end-boss “Enchantress”, no cape flick has ever had such an unconvincing low-key threat-to-the-world. There’s a moral ambiguity to patriotic acts that may save a nation and its people, when that nation is fundamentally broken and has never done anything for you. But if thats what this is about, then why is the squad so admiring of the genuinely apathetic cruelty of Waller. They really seem too empty-headed to show any kind of internal conflict over working for a government that locked them up, the only part about making a deal with the devil they’re concerned about is whether the devil is to be trusted. What makes us root for these outlaws then, ultimately victims of an unfair world, is their honorable pursuit to self-sacrifice for redemption from past sins, to see a daughter or toxic lover once more. Sure thats a beautiful biblical message but not enough to save this from being an absolute atrocity, stupid and still not even remotely as entertaining as the maximalist CGI-fest of violence Snyder gives us. The one thing it did well was Jared Leto’s Joker and Robbie’s Harley Quinn, which are beyond idiotic and therefore make for the perfect instant pop classic.

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