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Suicide Squad Review

OK

DC Comics' villains team up for an overcrowded action movie that never quite finds its tone. Writer-director David Ayer takes a serious approach to an absurd premise, while the actors inject sparks of bitter humour. But with a thin plot and characters that are only superficially developed, the film struggles to grab hold of the audience. At least there's plenty of whizzy action mayhem.

With everyone worried that the next Superman might turn out to be a terrorist, government agent Amanda (Viola Davis) has a crazy idea to turn the most violent criminals in prison into an elite black ops team. These include gruff marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), mentally unstable sexpot Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), archaeologist-turned-enchantress June (Cara Delevingne), Aussie killer Boomerang (Courtney), fire-maker Diablo (Jay Hernandez), swordswoman Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and man-monster Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Each of these psychos has a personal weakness Amanda and team leader Rick (Joel Kinnaman) plan to leverage to keep them under control. Meanwhile, Harley's main squeeze Joker (Jared Leto) is trying to help her escape. Oh, and a meta-human wants to decimate humanity.

Ayer introduces each character with his or her own mini-montage, including snippets of back-story and cameos from the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck). These flashbacks continue throughout the movie, stirring emotion into various characters' decision-making processes. But that's about it as far as depth goes, and the script never imagines anything more original than pining after a lost love, missing a child or feeling guilty about past mistakes. While this adds a bit of interest, it never generates any proper connections, either between the characters or with the audience.

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Suicide Squad Trailer


The Suicide Squad was formed by Amanda Waller, the head of Belle Reve Penitentiary and a high ranking government official. Wishing to protect the world from deadly threats, Waller formulates a plan to reform (by force) a number of her most special inmates who all possess unique abilities.

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Jay Hernandez - Warner Bros. Presents "The Big Picture", An Exclusive Presentation Highlighting The Summer Of 2016 And Beyond held at The Colosseum Inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016

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Jay Hernandez - 2016 CinemaCon Warner Bros Pictures Red Carpet Arrivals at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino at Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016

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Suicide Squad Trailer


When there's nowhere left to turn, the bad guys might just turn out to be your only option. Amanda Waller is the leader of a task force who keeps on losing members of her team, she comes up with an idea to form a specialised task force formed with some of the most dangerous criminals that are currently in jail.

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Suicide Squad - Comic Con First Look Trailer


Is it really wise to trust your most dangerous sworn enemies? Sometimes you have little choice when there are threats in the world too brutal to put your best men on. Amanda Weller is in charge of a top secret government organisation known as A.R.G.U.S. They have in their detainment some of the world's craziest psychopaths, supervillains and powerful mutants, and while they are being of no use to society stuck in prison cells, Weller introduces a brand new team known as the Suicide Squad in which these criminals can carry out seemingly impossible missions with the promise of freedom or, at least, reduced sentences. Among them are such fiends as Harley Quinn, The Joker, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Rick Flagg and Killer Croc - who are all willing to band together and save the world, even if they die trying.

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Max Trailer


Max played an important role as a working dog in the US military, but he is sent back from his service in Afghanistan following the traumatic loss of his beloved friend and handler, Kyle Wincott. He is brought into the care of the soldier's grieving family, but, frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after his master's terrifying death in an explosion, Max proves to be difficult to integrate into regular society. However, it soon becomes clear that he wants to be loved again, and forms a heart-warming bond with his former owner's younger brother Justin as they each do their best to heal each other's broken hearts - and that means embarking on some rollicking adventures.

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Jay Hernandez - Fox Summer TCA All-Star Party - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th July 2014

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Jay Hernandez - FOX SUMMER TCA ALL-STAR PARTY - West Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 21st July 2014

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Jay Hernandez - 2014 TCA Winter Press Tour FOX All-Star Party At The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 14th January 2014

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Takers Review


Bad
Loud and very violent (within the limits of a PG-13 rating), this supposedly gritty thriller strains so hard to be sleek and cool that it completely forgets to create believable characters or situations.

Cops Jack and Eddie (Dillon and Hernandez) are on the trail of a fiendishly efficient band of bank robbers made up of brainy, brawny Gordon (Elba) and his well-dressed goons (Brown, Walker, Christensen and Ealy). When former gang member Ghost (Harris) is released from prison, he presents them with a "once-in-a-lifetime job". But they only have five days to prepare, which is less than they're used to. Something seems fishy, but they go ahead with the heist. And sure enough, not only are the cops closing in, but Ghost may betray them.

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Hostel: Part II Review


Terrible
Let's lay the cards on the table: Hostel, to me, was one of the coldest, most blindly-conceived horror films to get released in years, basically acting as torture porn rather than an actual film. So, the fact that Hostel: Part II is more thuggishly ambivalent to thought and structure, more cold and condescending to its audience and its characters, and more wildly absurd in both tone and execution doesn't come as a surprise. To be honest, it makes sense that after two thoroughly fascinating horror experiments (Bug and 28 Weeks Later) are released that Hostel: Part II will easily make enough money to secure a third installment and will set the horror genre back a solid decade.

Basically, Part II is Hostel plus a B-cup. Three girls (Lauren German, Bijou Phillips, and Heather Matarazzo) are in Europe studying art. One of the models for the art course is a statuesque beauty (Vera Jordanova) who befriends the girls and starts a friendship with one girl that borders on lesbianism. Of course, the model gets them to go to a special hot springs and stay at a hostel. Shortly after arriving, the girls are drugged, dragged, and prepped for a slab or a death seat.

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Torque Review


Weak
The tagline on the poster for Torque says nothing about motorcycles. It simply reads: "From the Producer of The Fast and the Furious, XXX, and S.W.A.T."

And a brand is born.

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Joy Ride Review


Excellent
Ever make someone else the brunt of a practical joke -- only to learn the joke is really on you? The characters in Joy Ride have, and after the lessons they learn, you can bet they'll never, ever tease anyone else again.

Joy Ride has clearly learned from similar, high-octane road thrillers like Breakdown. It calculates every move, but seldom do we see the surprises coming. The film explores the misadventures of a college student named Lewis (Paul Walker). Lewis is a nice guy, having just bought a used car to travel all the way across the country to help a friend in need (Leelee Sobieski). Along the way, he also stops to post bail for his troublemaking brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn), and give him a ride as well.

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Ladder 49 Review


Excellent
Firefighter movies resemble westerns in the singular fact that I can see one decent one every five years or so and be completely satisfied. Ladder 49 happens to be an excellent flame jockey adventure, a stirring audience-pleaser that accurately captures the fear, fearlessness, and physicality associated with entering a burning room and, possibly, not exiting. Relatives of firefighters will embrace it lovingly, while the rest of us will appreciate its unquestionable sincerity.

At the same time, Ladder and its creators make no bones about the fact that the film is pushing our emotional buttons. It manipulates our heart strings and tugs at our tear ducts in its quest for inspirational cinema. Admittedly, it's a bit slick and overdone, but it's difficult to fault a picture that wears its intentions on its soot-stained sleeve and holds the serviceman position of firefighter on such a lofty pedestal.

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Suicide Squad Movie Review

Suicide Squad Movie Review

DC Comics' villains team up for an overcrowded action movie that never quite finds its...

Suicide Squad Trailer

Suicide Squad Trailer

The Suicide Squad was formed by Amanda Waller, the head of Belle Reve Penitentiary and...

Suicide Squad Trailer

Suicide Squad Trailer

When there's nowhere left to turn, the bad guys might just turn out to be...

Suicide Squad - Comic Con First Look Trailer

Suicide Squad - Comic Con First Look Trailer

Is it really wise to trust your most dangerous sworn enemies? Sometimes you have little...

Max Trailer

Max Trailer

Max played an important role as a working dog in the US military, but he...

Takers Movie Review

Takers Movie Review

Loud and very violent (within the limits of a PG-13 rating), this supposedly gritty thriller...

Takers Trailer

Takers Trailer

Up until now Gordon Cozier and his bank robber gang have remained one of the...

Nothing Like the Holidays Movie Review

Nothing Like the Holidays Movie Review

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Quarantine Trailer

Quarantine Trailer

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Quarantine Movie Review

Quarantine Movie Review

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Lakeview Terrace Movie Review

Lakeview Terrace Movie Review

Lakeview Terrace is the seventh film directed by playwright Neil LaBute and it is, by...

Hostel: Part II Movie Review

Hostel: Part II Movie Review

Let's lay the cards on the table: Hostel, to me, was one of the coldest,...

Torque Movie Review

Torque Movie Review

The tagline on the poster for Torque says nothing about motorcycles. It simply reads: "From...

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