(WJBK) - DC Entertainment is back with another comic book turned feature film with this weeks Suicide Squad.
It's a group of villians turned hero that many have never heard of until now -- and that may be a problem this film never overcomes.
Born in 1959, DC Comics' The Suicide Squad comes to the big screen with Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn leading a band of criminals who are forced to do good in exchange for lesser prison sentences.
Robocops's Joel Kinnaman plays the special forces leader put in charge of the group, but let's start with what this film does right.
The action is top knotch. Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez, really build characters that you want to see again.
Now, for the not-so-good stuff.
Jared Leto's Joker is bad, but you can see him trying to be maniacally insane rather than feeling his insanity.
The backstory is frontloaded in the film with too much character introduction without storyline to back it up. Much of the humor feels forced, out of place and thrown in.
But with all of that said, if you are a DC Comic or Suicide Squad fan or a super anti-hero lover, you will be all in.
But if you have never heard of this group of characters, I don't think this movie will get you committed -- unless, like me, you're a Viola Davis fan. She's great in this movie.
For that alone, I cannot give this movie a thumbs down, but it's not a thumbs up either. It's kind of a 'meh' right in the middle.
Two other important things to note.
This is a clear set up for the Justice League films -- and there is something at the end of the credits to wait for.