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suicidesquadI should really be complaining about the plan that DC/Warner Bros has had for the DC Universe movies so far. I am a fan of this movie but the producers and marketing people committed the same sins in this film that they did in Batman v Superman.  For some reason the folks over at DC/Warner Bros are in a big hurry to try and catch up on Marvel in the comic book super hero movie chase.  I don’t get that because DC has better heroes, better stories and all they need to do is just take their time and they will be rolling in the dough.  Hopefully they will realize this because they can’t keep building up expectations and then fail to deliver on those expectations.

After the death of Superman, government officials are scrambling to try and decide how to protect themselves from their next meta-human attack.  ARGUS official Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis (Prisoners,) creates a team of super villains called Task Force X specifically designed to be sent in to fight other Meta- humans or super natural forces.   The team consists of world’s best assassin Deadshot, played by Will Smith (Concussion,) the Joker’s Psychotic girlfriend Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,) a master thief Captain Boomerang, played by Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys,) Killer Croc, a henchman with a physical deformity, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Concussion,) a former gang banger with powerful ability to manipulate fire named El Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez (World Trade Center,) and archeologist June Moon who is possessed by a 3000 year old witch named Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne (Pan.)  Waller has the entire group led by a Special Forces soldier named Col. Rick Flag, played by Joel Kinnaman (Safe House.)  Since he is a normal human he is guarded by a female Japanese swordsman named Katana, played by Karen Fukuhara in her debut role.  The group is sabotage before they get going because Enchantress temporarily escapes and releases her brother Incubus, played by Alain Chanoine (Immortals,) from his prison and begins to wreak havoc in Central City.  When Flag and Enchantress are sent to solve the problem, Enchantress escapes and uses her brothers’ power to build a machine to destroy the military’s of the world and put the people of it under their power.   Waller sends in the rest of Task Force X to save some important people in the city and destroy Enchantress.  If things weren’t bad enough, The Joker, played by Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club,) is running around screwing with Waller’s team trying to get his girlfriend back.

So here is the problem with not only this film, which I enjoyed, but Batman v Superman, which I loved, both movies have some amazing scenes that are spoiled by being shown in the multiple prerelease trailers that come out before the movies and the stories aren’t as strong as the action in the movies.  So I am left wanting more because the stories aren’t as good as the action.  Not so much for Batman v Superman, but definitely this film.  I think that the producers are in such a hurry to catch up to the Marvel Cinematic movies and its giant money making machine, that they are forgetting how Marvel got to where they are now.  Before there was The Avengers we had two Iron Man movies and one each for Captain America, Thor, and Incredible Hulk.  Now to be fair to DC, Iron Man 2 and Batman v Superman are the basically the same movie in that they both introduced many characters with a goal of opening up each universe.    But Marvel gave us four movies that introduced us to the films so when The Avengers happened we knew who they were so the movie didn’t have to waste time on delving into who they were and how they came to be.    Now if DC was smart, after Man of Steel, they did a solo Batman movie where he was dealing with Deadshot while focusing on The Joker and Harley Quinn.  That would have given us back ground on both.  Also we should have had a second Superman movie dealing with Lex Luthor and Doomsday.  Heck we could even have a Flash movie with Captain Boomerang as his bad guy.  So that way we could go into Suicide Squad and Justice League without the back story.  But that is not what happened.  Instead we get movies that are hurried with the story so we can get the DC universe started.  However I think that we are probably good now because we have been introduced to Batman and Superman, we will get a Wonder Woman movie before Justice League, and Suicide Squad should lead to a sequel as well as a Harley Quinn spin off.  It’s just a rough way to start a movie universe that I have been dying to have since I have always been a DC guy.

Suicide Squad’s focus was really on two of its characters, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn but for different reasons.  Deadshot was a focus because of Will Smith played him and he is a mega star.  Harley Quinn was the other because Harley Quinn has become a fan favorite and needed to be.   I thought Deadshot was developed nicely and Will Smith was Will Smith, which is usually a good thing and it was in this movie.  Margot Robbie, who played Harley, has been in several kick ass roles so far and she has been great in the two that I have seen, including this one.  I thought she did a great job of living up to the expectations of her character.  She was the required amount of smart, funny, sexual, and badass crazy.  If someone disagrees they are not aware of her character.

 

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One character that I am not totally sold on is Jared Leto’s version of The Joker.   This is by far the most disturbed of the Joker’s we have been given in the Batman movie world.    I feel that his character was thrown into this movie very much in the same way that Wonder Woman was thrown in to Batman v Superman.  However unlike Wonder Woman who stole the show, The Joker didn’t really sell it for me mostly because of the damn trailer issue again.  So I am willing to give him a pass for that reason.  Plus, lets face it, following one of the greatest acting performances we have been given i.e. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight, is a hard thing to do.  Leto did a good enough job to have me wanting to see more and if he didn’t I would be protesting loudly.

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Speaking of the Dark Knight, and I mean this world’s Dark Knight, I love me some Ben Affleck as Batman.  Even though it was three cameos’, two in the movie and one during the credits, it was fun to see him, ever so briefly.  Sure I am in major fan boy action right now but I am just so surprised at how awesome he is at being Batman.  There was also a brief cameo of the Flash capturing Captain Boomerang and I have to admit between that and the Justice League trailer I am looking forward to his movie as well.  Another character I liked in this film, and possibly the biggest badass of them all, was Amanda Waller.  She is a scary kind of evil in a good person body.  I hope we get to see more of her in future films.

One thing I do like about all of the DC movies so far is that they have no problems killing people off in them.  We know that Superman kills General Zod in the first movie, then Superman dies in Batman v Superman (yeah I know he is coming back,) and Suicide Squad kept it up by killing Incubus and having a hero sacrifice himself while doing it (I won’t say which one in case you haven’t seen it.)  We even had a sacrificial death of one member of the Suicide Squad to show that there are consequences for trying to escape.  I like this aspect of the DC Universe compared to Marvel.  Other than the death of a few bad guys, mostly at the hands of Iron Man, we haven’t lost a single hero in 12 Marvel movies, including the one where we were expecting a death, Captain America: Civil War.  I like how in the DC universe we may lose a hero we like.

Lastly I will say two things.  One, if you liked the previous two DC movies then I believe you will like this one as well, It is a fairly good movie.  The second thing I will say is that many people, ie asshole critics, have mentioned that these movies are darker than Marvel.  I know there are high hopes for the Wonder Woman movie to lighten it up but I will remind you of a few things.  Wonder Woman takes place during World War I, the bloodiest war of all time until World War II.  The other and more important thing is that Wonder Woman is working with the good guys and she still ends up leaving all of mankind because she considers us hopeless, again while working for the good guys (ok huge assumptions here but this is my guess.)  That movie won’t have a happy ending so the darkness of the DC Universe won’t change anytime soon.

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terminatorgenisysI was excited to see this film, at least I thought I was, when I saw the trailers for this film. It had the great one in the film and in a typical roll for him as the terminator.  It had Khaleesi herself Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor.  Yet the Terminator franchise has become so mediocre to poor since Terminator 2 I chose discretion as the better part of valor and decided to wait.  So I waited, and waited and waited.  I waited over a year and finally I decided to watch as Benn and I have chosen April 2016 to be Arnold Schwarzenegger month.  Well I chose it because he lost the monthly challenge so I made him watch a bunch of Arnold films.  As for this film I am a fan of it even though the story and plot make no sense but the action was fun and I hope they finally put to bed this once great franchise.

Terminator Genisys begins right before the events of the original Terminator movie from 1984 but starts in the future with John Conner, played by Jason Clarke (Everest,) once again sends back in time Kyle Reese, played by Jai Courtney (I, Frankenstein,) to protect John’s mother Sarah Conner, played by Emilia Clarke (TV’s Game of Thrones,) from the terminator sent back to kill her.  However, just as Kyle is getting zapped to the past, he witnesses John get attacked by a terminator.  (This is where the timeline gets all crazy.)  Kyle is sent back to 1984 but is attacked by a T-1000 terminator sent for him and he is saved by Sarah and her guardian the Terminator T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Maggie.)  Her guardian was sent to protect her as a child when Skynet sent a T-1000 to kill her as a child.  The three of them destroy the new T-1000 and are sent to the future to destroy Skynet but not to the year 1997 when Judgement Day happened but in the year 2017 when the computer program Genisys goes live.  In 2017 Kyle and Sarah run into some unexpected complications when they try to destroy Skynet and will have to fight and kill an even more powerful terminator in order to survive.

The biggest weakness for this film is the story and how it destroys the timeline and does so while making no sense what so ever.  Stories involving time travel are always dicey and especially the Terminator franchise because there are a lot of which came first the chicken or the egg scenarios.    But this movie really doesn’t explain how Skynet sends another Terminator to kill Sarah as a child and only explains who sent the guardian Terminator by saying its memory was wiped in order to prevent the person who does it from being hunted.  Then in the new 1984 if both the T-1000 is destroyed as is the original T-800 with the young Arnold is destroyed then why do we still have to worry about the 1997 Judgement Day because they destroyed the technology that Cyberdyne used to create … see my point?  The story of wiping the old timeline and creating new one gets bogged down in questions that go beyond the realm of being answered.  It definitely brings the movie down.

emiliaclarkeThe biggest enjoyment I had in watching this film was watching actress Emilia Clarke.  While Linda Hamilton will always be THE Sarah Connor, Emilia was a joy to watch taking on the iconic gritty roll of Connor.  Maybe it has been her years as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones that has given her practice as a tough as nails yet still feminine beauty that she portrays in Terminator Genisys but whatever it is she has become a favorite of mine.  I can only hope that she continues to do films and that she will continue to refine her craft and start getting some larger roles, after G.O.T. is over of course.

Arnold is approaching 70 years old and that is hard for me to fathom.  I mean I know I get older every year but that doesn’t mean I want my child hood heroes to do the same.  Much like Bruce Willis doing John McClane, Arnold doing Terminator is as natural for him as breathing is too us.  He never gives a bad performance as the Terminator, even if the films are God awful, so he is never the weak link in these films.  Sometimes its hard to imagine that he has been doing this character in one form or another for 32 years.  I have no issues with him in this film either but I am biased.   He may be almost 70 but I would argue that he is still in the top 5 or 6 action film stars still today, which says more about the state of non-comic book action movies and stars than it says about Arnold.  Speaking of other action stars I have no real issue with either Jai Courtney or Jason Clarke’s performances in this film.  I can’t put my finger on it but there was something unnerving about Jason Clarke’s look in this film.  I haven’t really seen any of his other films but there is something just odd about him.

There is some humor spread throughout the film because this is an Arnold Schwarzenegger action film and that happens a lot.  Most of it is standard Arnold as the Terminator trying to act human and not being good at pulling it off with his awkward full teeth smile and his politeness.  There is a scene that is downright hilarious and that is when Sarah, Kyle and the guardian are arrested and have their mugshot taken.   Unfortunately I can’t find a good set of pictures or the scene on the internet but it’s funny to watch them go from the 6’1 Jai Courtney to the maybe 5’2 Emilia Clarke and then back up to 6’2 Arnold.  Emilia’s expression is priceless as if she knows how silly the three of them will look in the scene.arnold emilia

I am a fan of this film although I will say it isn’t the best.  Doesn’t come close to the first two Terminator movies but is miles ahead of the rest of the Terminator movies.  I will own this movie I have decided which says more about me and my fanboy attitude about Arnold than anything else.  If you haven’t seen it don’t be afraid to rent it on Netflix, you can do a lot worse.

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ifrankensteinI went with a co-worker to see this in the movie theater completely blind having no idea what this movie was about other then what I saw in the trailers. I had no idea it was based, like all movies now a days, on a graphic novel.  Had I known this when I was in the theater it would having given me better context of the film and I may have enjoyed it more than I did.  Now if I was thirteen years old again I think I would have loved this movie as I believe that is the target audience for the film.

In this movie world, Frankenstein’s monster, played by Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight,) is roaming around the countryside after killing Frankenstein’s wife and witnessing his death as the good doctor hunted down the monster for revenge.  The monster discovers that he is being hunted by demons and is saved by gargoyles that were created by an Archangel to defend the humans from the demons.  Frankenstein discovers that the demons are trying to recreate the work done by Victor Frankenstein with the help of a medical doctor named Terra, played by Yvonne Strahovski (The Killer Elite,) to created thousands of vessels for the demons that are stuck in hell.  When Terra refuses to continue the work a demon prince named Naberius, Played by Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,) captures her and forces her to do so.  The monster must then bring the Gargoyle army to the demon’s hideout, save Terra, and have a final confrontation with Naberius.

The movie was written by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie who gave us the Underworld movies.  While those capitalized on the Vampire craze that happened in the early 2000’s, this movie was nowhere near as successful.  I would say that it was due to the writing because the tone of the movie was much lighter than that of the Underworld saga.  I would also say the content of the story, gargoyles (angels) versus demons, just isn’t as exciting as the whole werewolves vs. vampires shtick.  With all of the exorcist type movies a fantasy movie involving the same just doesn’t carry the weight that these characters should carry.  Also I felt that this movie was much more special effects driven then Underworld and that was to the detriment of this movie.  The gargoyles were pretty poor in design and at no time looked real with maybe the one exception of the Gargoyle Queen Leonore, played by Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.)  The demon designs had better special effects quality.  Not that was saying much.

The 13 year old me would have loved this movie because I would have looked past all of the poor designs and just enjoyed the ride that this move tried to give, which as a 13 year old I would have liked. The story was a basic revenge and save the pretty girl plot which I like those.  And while the Underworld movies could be considered a little jump scary for young kids, this movie was all action and no scares what so ever, which again the teenage me would have liked.

All of the actors I have mentioned did an admirable job with what was given to them. I have been a big fan of Aaron Eckhart even before his Dark Knight appearance.  Bill Nighy does a great bad guy.  I didn’t mention one of the gargoyles, Gideon, was played by Jai Courtney (Divergent,) and I don’t know what to think because there was nothing exciting about his performance but I didn’t think it was horrible.  This is the first movie I have seen him in and I know that I will get to watch him this summer when Suicide Squad comes out.  I only mention it because I believe the guys at Screen Junkies are not a fan because of their Honest Trailer of Divergent: Insurgent.  It’s quite humorous and I will link it here.

I really can’t recommend this movie for anyone over the age of 15 unless you have created a very sheltered home, and then you can bump it up to 18.  But while I don’t have a problem with the film its hard for me to tell anyone to watch it.  I won’t buy it but as long as I get to watch it for free with my Amazon prime account, I may let it roll on TV while clean or play a video game, if there aren’t any sports on, and I’m tired of my other movies, and TV shows…maybe.

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