‘Suicide Squad’ akin to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)

Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)

I’ve seen the trailers on TV for the last two weeks and every time they were on I couldn’t imagine what the movie was about. A few action scenes, some snide remarks from a character and then the movie title. I even read quite a few reviews of the movie. And they were all negative.

I beg to differ. “Suicide Squad” is more along the lines with “Guardians of the Galaxy” and even the old “The Dirty Dozen” movie.

No, it’s not set in space or during a world war. It’s more of a 21st century version of taking a rag tag group of villains and getting them to do something good. Instead of Lee Marvin forging the group into shape we have Viola Davis playing a very good, very ruthless government operative who finds each villain’s weak spot and exploits it to her advantage.

Although it’s from DC Comics, “Suicide Squad” is similar to the various movies from Marvel Comics. Batman, Superman and the Flash make brief appearances. Will Smith plays Deadshot, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jared Leto is the Joker and Quinn’s love interest, Cara Delevingne is the Enchantress. But wait, there’s more, with Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as Diablo, Adam Beach as Slipnot, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc. That’s the core group of villains.

Most of the character development lies with Smith and Robbie’s characters. Smith is still the cavalier, egotistical character he plays so well. Robbie’s character changes moods and throws out one-liners along with Smith and makes the movie enjoyable and humorous. Even Agbaje gets a few laughs with his little quips.

“Suicide Squad” captures you right from the start with lots of gunplay, explosions, fires and fighting. But the movie loses its momentum at the bar scene where the characters are gathered after a defeat and ponder their future freedom. It’s an important part of the movie, one where the characters change their selfish ways, and could have been treated with a little more interest and pulled the audience in. Instead, it was an awkward time where it seemed the characters were fighting for something to say to move the movie along.

Once they made their determination, “Suicide Squad” picked up momentum all the way through to the end.

The graphics and action scenes were good and not overdone. Although it’s a rehash of old themes it still works. My only problem was understanding Boomerang with his heavy accent. Maybe it was me but I’m pretty sure the accent weakened further on into the movie.

I watch movies to be entertained, nothing more and nothing less. “Suicide Squad” was entertaining. Like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” I’ll probably watch it another dozen times when it gets to cable. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs 123 minutes long. I’ll give it 3 out of 4 Miners.