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CLIPS Movie Review by Roger Tennis



RATED PG-13 (sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language)

RUNNING TIME: 123 minutes
DIRECTOR: David Ayer

Will Smith - Deadshot
Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn
Viola Davis - Amanda Waller
Jared Leto - The Joker
Joel Kinnaman - Rick Flag
Jai Courtney - Boomerang
Jay Hernandez - Diablo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Killer Croc
Cara Delevingne - June Moone / Enchantress

The head of a secret government agency, Amanda Waller, recruits the worst of the worst imprisoned super criminals for dangerous missions. If they don't die, reduced sentences are offered. Among this elite group of villains are Deadshot and Harley Quinn, whose first task is to end a threat to mankind: the witch Enchantress. Getting in the way is Harley Quinn's boyfriend The Joker, who'll stop at nothing to get her back.

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 3 CAMS Camera Camera Camera
Some killer performances rise above an anemic and predictable story in this DC Comics antihero film. But forget the plot, since this is mostly an origins tale. Without giving away details, some characters get more in depth backstories than others. As good as Will Smith is playing the feared assassin, it's Margot Robbie who commands the screen. With her joking around and pure craziness, she's close to equaling Ryan Reynolds' performance in "Deadpool". Luckily, there's an announced Harley Quinn movie in her future. Also riveting, but all too briefly, is Jared Leto as The Joker. While putting a slightly different spin on the maniacal villain, he's every bit as magnetic as Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight". Director David Ayer ("Fury"), who also wrote the screenplay, keeps the spotlight on his excellent cast amid several super-charged action sequences with the expected stunning effects. A welcomed addition is a soundtrack of tunes that rivals "Guardians of the Galaxy". From songs like "Fortunate Son" to "You Don't Own Me", they all fit the situation on screen. Unlike what the title suggests, the marginally enjoyable "Suicide Squad" won't mark the cinematic end of these criminal misfits.