‘What a ride!’ exclaims Margot Robbie’s psychopathic kook Harley Quinn, prancing away from a helicopter crash during a fiery moment in supervillain adventure Suicide Squad.
Whenever she’s around, that’s true of the movie, too. A sex bomb liable to explode in your face at any moment, her firecracker character is the best thing about the film by far. But even when she isn’t hogging the limelight, gleefully wielding a baseball bat as a weapon or dropping tart one-liners with a deranged leer, this bad-guys-on-a-mission movie shares enough of her anarchic swagger to work as a darkly comic subversion of more earnest superhero fantasies.
Robbie’s Quinn is a member of the eponymous Suicide Squad, a group of incarcerated villains sprung from custody by US intelligence to battle even worse foes. The mission they get sent on quickly boils down to a relatively routine monster-battling slugfest, but the squad members – a Dirty Half-Dozen including Will Smith’s unstoppable assassin Deadshot and Jai Courtney’s Aussie thief Captain Boomerang – are quirky enough to keep us engaged, and there are frequent interludes in the action for the gang to trade snarky quips and put-downs.
As for the story’s villains, Cara Delevingne’s possessed Enchantress is a tad underwhelming, but Jared Leto, although mostly relegated to the sidelines, manages to put his own indelible stamp on the Joker.
Certificate 15. Runtime 123 mins. Director David Ayer
Suicide Squad Extended Cut is out now on Digital Download and on 4K, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray from Warner Bros. UK.
Suicide Squad Ultra HD Blu-ray special features:
- Task Force X: One Team, One Mission
- Chasing the Real
- Joker & Harley: “It” Couple of The Underworld
- Squad Strength and Speed
- Armed to the Teeth
- This is Gonna Get Loud: The Epic Battles of Suicide Squad
- The Squad Declassified
- Gag Reel