Will Smith, Margot Robbie are the standouts in ‘Suicide Squad’

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language, the film releases in theaters August 5th.

L-r) JAY HERNANDEZ as Diablo, JAI COURTNEY as Boomerang, ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE as Killer Croc, MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn, WILL SMITH as Deadshot, JOEL KINNAMAN as Rick Flag and KAREN FUKUHARA as Katana

How many more of these superheroes can we handle?

Another week and another colossally budgeted superhero flick hits the big screen. In the dark of a movie theater, these super sized heroes are all beginning to sound, act and look alike, and their mission is still the same – stop an abhorrent super villain from world domination and save mankind from extinction. Opening this weekend is writer/director David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” which features several recognizable super stars from Will Smith, Viola Davis to Margot Robbie.

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With a decent premise and a promising start, the film follows an improbable crew of crazy criminals thrown together on a united mission to save the world. These deadly incarcerated villains who audiences are introduced to in the film’s first half hour include Smith, who leads the motley crew as master marksman Deadshot. Along with his fellow inmates Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), an unrecognizable Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as the reptilian Killer Croc, a heavily tatted Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and a few unmemorable others, they are serving prison terms at the notorious Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary. Promised reduced sentences by U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), the mob of delinquents are sent out on a suicide mission to stop an ancient goddess (Cara Delevingne) from world domination.

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A stalwart of the DC Comics superhero stable, this one is Warner Bros.’ attempt to get another comics franchise up and running alongside its resilient duo, Superman and the beloved Batman (who also makes a brief but welcomed appearance). DC comics’ darkest deviant the Joker (Jared Leto) gets some screen time also.

In a year swamped by superheroes, there’s some swagger in the characters and chemistry between Robbie and Smith who previously perfected that pairing when they worked together in the comedy “Focus.” As the bat-wielding crazy Harley Quinn, she has this infectiously chaotic personality and Smith as Deadshot is lovable as the criminal with a conscience.SUICIDE SQUAD

With a fun premise, it certainly explores a different version of the superhero movie by taking some of the worst villains in the DC Comics universe and pitting them with a purpose to save the world. Still, with all its supernatural farce, it never manages to make any magic. The CGI is occasionally impressive and sometimes cartoonish and despite a fairly strong cast, there’s just not enough meat and potatoes to keep the movie’s mediocre wheels on track.

In a summer crammed with comic book superheroes, “Suicide Squad” simply has sporadic bursts of enjoyment.

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language, the film releases in theaters August 5th.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is an entertainment journalist who covers industry-specific news. Follow her on twitter @SamanthaOfole

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