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Score: 8.0/10  [3 reviews]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 7408 - Suicide Squad
Directed by David Ayer

Suicide Squad
$39.95 (DVD)
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07 December 2016

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Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.

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Review by: mumoffour (Sarah)
Dated: 20th of August, 2017

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This Review: 9.5/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 10 out of 10
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Score 10 out of 10
Score 10 out of 10
Special Effects:
Score 8 out of 10

Suicide Squad was a fun packed, dark movie. My hubby brought me this for my birthday this year as I'm obsessed with Harley Quinn and Joker. This movie everyone played their roles perfectly, and with great drama and power. Couple of scary moments where I jumped a little but a well thought out movie. Jared Leto was a perfect Joker, Margot Robbie pulled off Harley her sweet look made her look good when she needed to be and bad when that was needed. Will Smith is amazing in any roll he plays always brings his all to his characters.

Setting was amazing to great special effects and music. Found myself singing some of the songs a bit after movie. Can not wait for second movie don't think it will be as good as first but I know it will still be good. Found a few people actually wanted to watch it but were waiting for us to watch it first to see what our thoughts on it were. Id so recommend it to lots of people even great date night movie. Not really ideal for kids though that's only down fall with all the hype our kids have wanted to watch it but cant.

Cover on movie posters and dvd is outstanding and colourful which means people want to look at it and read it, which at end of day is what will make people want to buy this. Movie was well advertised and displayed, Bring on the second one.

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Review by: kelly21 (Kelly)
Dated: 21st of January, 2017

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This Review: 6.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 5 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 7 out of 10
Score 7 out of 10
Special Effects:
Score 8 out of 10

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Suicide Squad on DVD, much to my hubby's delight! This is a movie we have been looking at buying but the bluray price is still reasonably high and we usually like to wait until it comes down. When I was given the chance to win one I jumped at it, and didn't tell my hubby until the DVD arrived. He was pleasantly surprised and couldn't wait to watch it.

Superhero movies aren't usually a genre that I would pick. I am a female who is into the more stereotypical female movies - comedy, romance and anything a bit soppy. I have, however, enjoyed one or two superhero movies in the last few years and was ready to give this one a go. I was a little concerned whether I would understand what was going on without knowing the background of each of the characters but as the movie started this worry was laid to rest. The first big chunk of the movie introduces each of the Suicide Squad members. Some characters they go more in depth than others, but it does give you a general idea of who the characters are. My hubby was also able to fill in a few gaps for me when I had questions.

Because of the time spent introducing each of the characters it did result in the main story line taking a little bit to build up. In fact I was a little bit disappointed with how long it took to really build the main story line and the movie started to loose my attention. I noticed at this point that my husband had begun playing a game on his tablet, which is something he doesn't do if a movie has him really captured, and he too thought it was taking a little long to get to the real point.

The Joker is one character I was aware of before watching Suicide Squad. By the end of the movie I was left wondering what his real role was in the movie. It kinda felt like he had just been thrown in there a few times to bring some interest especially with the history of the Joker and the actors who play him.

My favourite part of the movie was the sound track that formed the background of the story. About 5 minutes in I said to my hubby that it would be a fantastic soundtrack just by the handful of songs that I had heard, and this continued to stand true as the movie progressed on. I do however think that sometimes some of the songs took my focus off the movie, but that was possibly more to do with the fact that the story line had lost me so I started listening to the music without taking in what else was going on.

All in all, I think if you are a fan of superhero movies you would want to see this one. As for me, I certainly didn't enjoy it as much as I have superhero movies from a rival brand and I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again. I will however be keeping an eye out for the soundtrack as it would be a great one to add to the collection.

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Review by: alexmoulton (Alex)
Dated: 16th of December, 2016

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This Review: 7.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 8 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 8 out of 10
Score 7 out of 10
Special Effects:
Score 8 out of 10

I love my superhero movies, so anything DC or Marvel related is something I look forward to with bated breath. DC haven't really had the greatest track record as of late, but the trailers had me thinking this film would be an action packed, comedy filled extravaganza.

The soundtrack is both appealing and unappealing. I'm a bit of a rocker, so to have the movie open with The Animals 'House of the Rising Sun', feels like a great start. I love having my chosen genre of music put into a mainstream film like this seems ideal, but it really didn't fit in. Despite the film playing hits from the likes of Queen, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC ('Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Paranoid', 'Sympathy for the Devil', Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', respectively). The soundtrack felt separated from the movie, and in many cases was a distraction from what was going on in the plot.

The first bits of the movie serve as an introduction to the villains. This was a part that I quite liked. It is something that is done in the comic books, because the actual members of the Suicide Squad change so frequently (in the comics, Suicide Squad missions are actually suicide missions, so many villains don't survive long). While good to get to know the characters, it was easy to see which characters they were really pushing; Harley Quinn received an extensive introduction, including multiple flashbacks and scenes, whereas the rest of the team receive very short introductions if any at all.

The whole premise of the film is quite odd in that it undermines itself, selling itself as a team of "meta-humans" to battle other meta-humans, despite the initial team of 9 Suicide Members was comprised of 6 humans, with no superpowers. So I was rather confused as to why they picked the characters for this film as they did (unless they were looking purely at future spin-offs and sequels). Casting-wise however, I feel they were largely on the dot. Margot Robbie does a brilliant job demonstrating the energy, enthusiasm, and mental instability of Harley Quinn. Will Smith's rendition of Deadshot, while unexpected, was great. He provided the professionalism that the character required while also being a source of humility, compassion, and even having a sense of humour to lighten the mood in otherwise tense situations. Even Jai Courtney was an engaging Captain Boomerang.

Cara Delevingne, however, left a lot to be desired. Her interpretation of Enchantress felt weak, and was irritatingly portrayed (constantly wiggling and waving like she is having a seizure of some sort). Jared Leto's Joker was, while not horrible, it was unnecessary. Looking at the film as a whole, his presence had no effect on the plot, and if anything, it prevented the main plot from being able to properly develop. In terms of the plot, there really isn't any sign of a strong one. It takes a good 45 minutes just to create the team, which means you only have an hour left to create a dangerous situation, send in the team, and resolve the situation. So after the build up, it never really had a chance to build tension properly. No real chance for the team dynamics to develop, alliances and internal dissension to develop etc.

The villains minions are strange CGI monstrosities, with no real introduction, and no real explanation. In fact the villains themselves have no real motivation and direction. So there is never a real threat. Inconsistent effects to damage and injury also make it harder to follow. There really are so many plot holes, and nit-picking aspects that I could easily write 4000 words just on the negative aspects (Don't get me started on the writers apparent hatred of helicopters). But the reality is that I still enjoyed the film. I enjoyed it more than the theatrical release of Batman v Superman. It's a Saturday night popcorn flick by definition. You'll enjoy it. It has action, and it has comedy, but there is nothing else to it. No substance.

If you know nothing about the history of the Suicide Squad in the comics, and just want a no-brainer film where you can switch off and stop thinking, then you will very much enjoy it.

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