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Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Blu-ray Review

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“Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay” is the weakest “Suicide Squad” film to date.

Note: This review refers to the Blu-ray disc that comes with the 4K release.

After Deadshot takes care of a mission (and a double cross), Amanda Waller puts a new team together comprised of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Copperhead, Captain Boomerang, and Bronze Tiger. Their mission? To find a powerful “Get out of hell free” card that Waller wants for herself. Of course, they’re not the only ones after the card as Reverse Flash is seeking it out along with Vandal Savage and his cronies.

Of all of the “Suicide Squad” comic book storylines to pull from, it’s baffling that such a drawn out and uninvolving story such as “Hell To Pay” made it to screen. From the start to the conclusion, the movie is a tonal mess. It starts off as a violent wannabe “Grindhouse” movie (it even has music that could be considered a straight rip-off), but it doesn’t commit to this style throughout. It’s as if it was abandoned later on as the movie delves into the spiritual and religious angle of the story with the card (a plot that seems out of place in the Squad universe).

Character wise, I couldn’t invest in any of them here. As mediocre as the live-action movie was, it at least had character (as did the underrated “Batman: Assault On Arkham”). Much of the time, characters come and go in small cameo rules or are underutilized (Harley Quinn has nothing to do in this movie). You could argue Deadshot, Bronze Tiger and Reverse Flash have arcs, but they’ve been depicted better in so many other stories on and off screen. Even the humor here falls flat unless you find dopey billboards amusing. Still, at least there are no groan worthy comedy scenes like Batman smelling Harley Quinn’s farts ala “Batman and Harley Quinn.”

If you want to watch this strictly for the action, you will be happy to know that there is plenty of that here. Expect lots of shootouts and action set pieces (including one at a strip club).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The flawed and sometimes stiff animation looks solid if unspectacular in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue, music, sound FX sounded sharp to this reviewer.

Extras: * Blu-ray copy *Digital copy * Warner and DC trailers * An episode of “Young Justice” called “Terrors” and an episode of “Beware The Batman” titled “Instinct” * A sneak peek at the upcoming “The Death Of Superman”- Seems a little strange they’re doing another Doomsday story considering we already got the well made “Superman: Doomsday,” but I’m on board to check it out. * “Outback Rogue: Captain Boomerang”- A character profile on Captain Boomerang in the comics and on screen. * “Nice Shot, Floyd! The Greatest Marksman In The DCU”- Another character featurette. This one is, of course, about Deadshot. * “The Power Of Plot Devices, MacGuffins And Red Herrings”- The title says it all. * A bland commentary by James Tucker and Alan Burnett.

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April 5, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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