REVIEW: Suicide Squad

Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

(Note: The overall plot of Suicide Squad is not spoiled here. When I discuss the story’s setup, it may sound like I’m giving away a lot, but that’s just because the entire movie has so much going on, even just sticking to the first act reads like I’m spoiling the entire plot. You can trust in me: I’m not.)

Warner Bros. continues their emulation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (while refusing to admit that’s what they’re doing) with Suicide Squad. It’s likely the last blockbuster of the summer — as well as the studio’s desperate hope of cleansing the palettes of audiences that felt burned by March’s pedestrian Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

What should have been a carefree offshoot of the main DC Extended Universe saga now comes with the added expectations of redeeming the franchise, an unfair burden the movie understandably can’t really handle. As a late summer piece of brainless entertainment, you could do a lot worse. As a superhero movie — even just compared to other 2016 fare, for that matter — you could do a lot better.

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CORE STORY: Mike Myers returning to the big screen after 7-year absence

Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Chris Luckett

The last time Mike Myers appeared in a movie, the BP oil spill hadn’t happened yet. The last time he starred in one, George W. Bush was still president.

After an absence from movies since 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, Mike Myers has signed on to join Terminal, a “noir thriller” starring Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) has also joined the cast, along with Max Irons (The Host), Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass), and Matthew Lewis (the Harry Potter series).

Terminal follows two hitmen (Irons and Fletcher) on a deadly mission for a massive paycheque who cross paths with a woman (Robbie) who may be hiding more than she first seemed.

No details about Myers’ role have yet been revealed, nor is it known whether Terminal will mark a permanent return for Myers to the medium in which he gave the world such beloved characters as Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, and Shrek. Odds are good, though, the character will be more like his dramatic work in 54 and Pete’s Meteor than his purely comedic roles.

Terminal is the directorial debut of Vaughn Stein, who previously worked as assistant director on World War Z and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

During Myers’ recent absence from acting, he directed the 2013 documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)