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021: Suicide Squad

Maximilian Rivera August 16, 2016
by Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: After an ancient sorceress takes over a city, a government assembled team of imprisoned super villains must infiltrate and neutralize the threat for clemency.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%


Scott and Max take on Suicide Squad (2016) this week, as a special (and out of order) episode.

Suicide Squad was directed by David Ayer, and stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto.

When you delve into the background of Suicide Squad, it’s clear that the cast and crew loved working on this film.

​However, knowing Jared Leto’s onset antics, it’s easy to see that there were some issues during filming. Leto is rumored to have sent used condoms, anal beads, and pigs with their throats cut out.


We found that the performances were all pretty great, but that there are definite mixing, editing, and storytelling issues in this film. When you have 8 editors taking their own crack at the footage, it makes sense!

At the end of the day, Suicide Squad is a flawed film. Margot Robbie and Will Smith’s charisma carry the film though, and at least we have that. We hope the next DCEU films really take a moment of introspection and come back to knock us out of the park.


We end the episode by discussing the Rotten Tomatoes controversy—there’s no grand conspiracy against DC. But there may be a bias, because at the end of the day, reviewers are people, and people have biases.

But if you want to see a film, and the reviews are bad—still go see it! Then you can let everyone know what you thought.

Disclaimer: At one point, Scott says he didn’t care for the new Rogue One trailer – this was most likely a comedic statement said for laughs.

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Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.