Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018)

Movie Title: Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Year Released: 2018

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 26min

Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Director: Sam Liu

Writer: Alan Burnett

Starring: Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, Billy Brown, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Gideon Emery, Liam McIntyre, Tara Strong, David Boat, Trevor Devall, Dave Fennoy, Greg Grunberg, C. Thomas Howell, Cissy Jones, Natalie Lander, Matthew Mercer, Julie Nathanson, Jim Pirri, Dania Ramirez, James Urbaniak,

Review: The Suicide Squad is Back! The cold and calculating Amanda Waller (Vanessa Williams) is putting Task Force X back together for a mysterious mission. Deadshot, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, along with Copperhead and Bronze Tiger, have been tasked to retrieve a mystical object. Can these crafty criminals steal their way to success before super villains, bullets, and brute force do them in? Let's hope so or there will be hell to pay!

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is kind of an odd duck of an animated DC Universe Movie. It's a "kind of..." movie, meaning that it's kind of an action movie, kind of a super hero movie, kind of a supernatural thriller, kind of a comedy, kind of a road movie, and it kind of has a protagonist, you know, stuff like that.

The big problem is that it's plot seems like something that would be a better fit with the likes of John Constantine (Constantine: City of Demons or Justice League Dark, not the Suicide Squad. But, I could be wrong. It's been known to happen. I just don't understand why these non-supernatural villains are tasked with such an odd and occult type MacGuffin to go after. And besides that, the MacGuffin in-question is kind of stupid; like a first time screenwriter kind of idea. A little lame, but could have been made to seem more important or power, I guess...maybe?

Deadshot (voiced by Christian Slater) is kind of our lead guy, but his plot isn't very interesting. Harley Quinn is just kind of there because she's supposed to be. Killer Frost is the most interesting character, but doesn't have too much to do. The other Squad-ers are just there for one-liner jokes and the occasional action sequence, but not much more. You never really root for them or get invested in the plot too much. However, it is entertaining. The action is fun and the shocking amount of bloody violent mayhem will have you asking yourself, "What's this rated?"

Like I said, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is entertaining, but certainly not one of the best of the DC Universe Movie. If you like the Suicide Squad, strong bloody violence, sexual content, nudity, bad language, and RVs, then say, "the heck with this guy's review" and check out Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: When Suicide Squad are interviewing Steel Maxum in the woods, he states the new Dr Fate is "some woman now" referring to either Linda Strauss or Inza Nelson, both of whom have held the mantle of Dr Fate.


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