The 2016 action movie, Suicide Squad, is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on August 5, 2016. The film’s plot is based loosely on the DC Comics comic book series with the same title. The trailer shows the Suicide Squad is an insidious film that will keep audiences on the edge of their seat.
As the trailer opens, there are three people sitting at a table, silhouetted behind glass. The first words heard are, “Its taken some time, but I finally have them.” When the actress, Voila Davis comes into view, she adds, “the worst of the worst.” Davis plays a character named Amanda Waller. She is talking with two men in uniform, one of whom responds to her. He asked where she put them.
Davis responded by saying she put “them [the worst of the worst] in a hole and threw away the hole.” The camera pans into a lock-up facility and focuses on heavily armed guards in full riot gear. They are walking away from the camera and arrive outside a cell with a cage in it. The prisoner is a blond woman, and she is hanging upside down from the top of her cage.
An eerie version of the Bee Gees song, I Started A Joke is being sung by a woman with a sharp voice and the words have a vibrating echo to them. Davis is planning on sending the prisoners out to do a task of which she does not want to be associated. When asked how she knows she can control “the Bad guys.” Her response was spine-chillingly calm. She said, “Because getting people to act against their own self-interests is what I do for a living.” In the same cold manner, she goes on to explain because these are bad guys if the task goes wrong the agency doesn’t have to be the fall guy. They will blame the bad guys and have total deniability.
Once the prisoners are assembled Davis tells them the only thing they need to be concerned with is she is the boss. Will Smith, who plays Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, says, “So that’s it, huh? We’re the patsies, we’re some kind of suicide squad.”
Suicide Squad is an insidious film, and the vague description of the plot demonstrates this. The premise is a group of imprisoned supervillains is recruited by a secret government agency to complete a black ops mission. The mission is dangerous, but the villains will be granted clemency if they are successful.
The team is made up of colorful men and women, some with exotic make-up or tattoos. Their clothing is as varied as the personalities are within the group. In the trailer, they appear to be working together.
The last scene of the trailer shows “The Joker” holding an electrode in each hand, he is looking downward and is grinning, showing his full mouth of silver caps. Jared Leto who plays the Joker; says to the unseen entity, “Oh, I’m not gonna kill ya. I’m just gonna hurt ya really, really bad!” The emphasis in his voice is on the words, “really, really, baaad.”
The actress, who plays Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad has been performing since high school. Davis is 49 years old; she made her Broadway debut right out of Julliard School for the Performing Arts in 1996. She earned her first Tony Award in 2001. Davis has been in several movies and has had some roles on television. The most recent role was in 2014 in the television series How to Get Away With Murder.
Smith, is a well-known comedian/actor, is also known as the rapper, Fresh Prince. He has been performing since he was a teenager. He is a family man, who takes his mother on vacation every year. His hobbies include chess and video games.
Leto, who is the Joker in Suicide Squad, began his career in My So-Called Life with Claire Danes. He won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in Dallas Buyers Club. He is also the lead singer in the band he formed with his brother. The band’s name is 30 Seconds to Mars.
Even with the stars’ convincing performances in the Comic-Con trailer Suicide Squad is an insidious film. The plot is bound to be entertaining as the film is being touted as an Action movie. It is currently in production according to the director, David Ayer.
By Cathy Milne
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