Overall Rating: 1/5
August 5, 2016
Dir. David Ayer
Rated PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language)
It’s very unfortunate that these great ideas for superhero films are so poorly executed. This is a perfect example of a concept getting shredded to tatters by big producers.
There is, without a doubt, some huge talent at play here. Ayer as director as well as stars: Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto have all done spectacular work on other films. Not to mention, some of the other lesser known names from the cast are also great. Which is altogether why this film is so disappointing. Except for maybe some of Smith’s deliveries, nothing really works in this film. The potential for excellence just seeps through the screen in some of these scenes, but nothing can hide the fact that there was a very messy story involved in Squad (much like Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman).
Problems also include the score, the lackluster character-development, strange editing choices and just flat out unacceptable action sequences. It’s surprising that they couldn’t at least get the action right. Watch this one at your own risk and don’t let its potential fool you.