Suicide Squad

Deadshot and his team about to stop Enchantress

Within broader society, there seems to be no place for outliers or those with exceptional skills. While these people want to make a room for themselves, larger community, represented by local authority, perceive them as common threat. It’s no wonder if the gifted people shift their point of view towards this world to protect their existence and physical presence. At some points, this self-defense mechanism transforms them from men of love and compassion into men of violent characters. We can find this kind of story in the most recent Will Smith’s movie entitled Suicide Squad.

The death of Superman has created problem in the world, especially in Metropolis and Gotham City. It is super humans to whom the local government wants to seek the solution. Unable to cope with their exceptional talents, instead of working with them to maintain public security, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) of the U.S. government has her men capture and isolate them. They are not allowed to get along with common people and being treated like an animal in a cage. The worse is that they are all separated from the persons they love and also being emotionally tortured. They are Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Deadshot, for instance, is not allowed to get the letters her daughter sent. However, in the middle of such cruel and inhuman treatment, Amanda has the idea to use Deadshot and the others in a kind of counter-terrorism initiative.

The mission is started when Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), who is June Moone in normal life and lover to Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), wants to launch revenge to mankind for having her imprisoned her for thousands of years. She then changes any man into her soldiers and also gives life to Incubus, her only brother. Though Amanda has her heart, she insists that Enchantress must be stopped at any cost. Since no normal man can accomplish such mission, she orders Flag to lead Deadshot and the gang in doing the rescue mission. Deadshot and his team can’t reject the order since they have a bomb planted on their neck, which is easily blown when they escape. The tragic death of Slipknot who tries to escape from the mission has stopped to do the same. Furthermore, Flag has put Katana (Karen Fukuhara) to kill any of them if they want to flee. The only way out they have is completing the mission. Otherwise, they will die. It is not easy for them to get the mission accomplished since Joker (Jared Leto) wants his lover, Harley Quinn, back. They have to face fierce attack launched by Enchantress’ monsters and Incubus.

At first, Suicide Squad seems like a common movie of superheroes. Brutal superheroes, precisely. This movie suggests that criminals, at some points, are born to our unwillingness to accept humans of exceptional skills and talents. We envy them for having above average abilities, so high that we see them as threat. In Suicide Squad we see this tendency, to see that kind of people as trouble maker and have no heart and compassion. In fact, they have the willingness to sacrifice themselves to create better life for others though they have simple reason for that. What El Diablo does, for instance, teaches this value. The movie directed by David Ayer also puts emphasize on family values; something that drives Deadshot to do what is necessary to change the way her daughter see him. Though the presence of Harley Quinn in this movie is quite annoying at first – and makes Suicide Squad look like totally not serious movie – David Ayer has successfully shown something present in any human: Love, which drives Joker to find and save her anywhere and anytime.


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