Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Raymond Olubowale, Alex Meraz, Jim Parrack, Common
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Written and directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics anti-hero team of the same name. Suicide Squade (2016) follows a secret government agency run by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), named ARGUS who creates a task force comprised of super villains, the “Suicide Squad”. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.
Griggs: Chow time! It’s time! Floyd, step up to the door. Dinner time.
Deadshot: Only my friends call me Floyd.
Griggs: You ain’t got no friends, Floyd.
[Griggs dumps a plate with food in front of Deadshot, he picks up the plate]
Deadshot: What’s that?
Griggs: That is called loaf.
Deadshot: A loaf.
Griggs: It’s got a little bit of pasghetti in there. Toenails. Rat s**t. Everything a growing fella needs, like you.
Deadshot: Come here. Can I tell you something? Can I tell you a secret?
Deadshot: One day, somehow, some way, I’m going to get out of here, and I’m going to rain down on you like the Holy Ghost.
Griggs: Man, you just threatened a staff member.
Griggs: Yeah, you have.
Deadshot: Do something.
Griggs: Let’s have some fun.
Griggs: [to Harley] You know the rules, hotness. You got to keep off this bars.
Harley Quinn: I’m bored. Play with me.
Griggs: You put five of my guards in the hospital, honey. No one’s going play with you. You sleep on the ground.
Harley Quinn: I sleep where I want, when I want, with who I want.
Griggs: Oh, man. I love you.
Amanda Waller: It’s taken some work, but I finally have them. The worst of the worst.
Admiral Olsen: There’s rumors, Amanda that some of them have abilities.
Amanda Waller: Well the rumors are right. You know what the problem with a metahuman is? The human part. We got lucky with Superman, he shared our values. The next Superman might not.
Admiral Olsen: You’re playing with fire, Amanda.
Amanda Waller: I’m fighting fire with fire.
Admiral Olsen: You are not going to pitch us that Task Force X project of yours again, are you?
Amanda Waller: Yes. But this time, you’re going to listen.
Amanda Waller: [referring to Deadshot] But everyone has a weakness, and a weakness can be leveraged. His is an eleven year-old honor student in Gotham City. His daughter.
Admiral Olsen: [referring to Deadshot] So now we have the man who never misses. Where’d you put him?
Amanda Waller: Let’s just say I put him in a hole and threw away the hole.
The Joker: What do we have here?
Harley Quinn: I did everything you said. I helped you.
The Joker: You helped me by erasing my mind, what few faded memories I had! No. You left me in a black hole of rage and confusion. Is that the medicine you practice, Dr. Quinzel?
Harley Quinn: What are you going to do? You going to kill me, Mr. J?
The Joker: What? Oh, I’m not going to kill you. I’m just going to hurt you really, really bad.
Harley Quinn: You think so? Well, I can take it.
[he puts a leather belt between her teeth]
The Joker: I wouldn’t want you to break those perfect porcelain cap teeth when the juice hits your brain.
The Joker: Are you sweet talking me? Ha. Ha. Ha. I love this guy. He’s so intense.
Monster T: [looking over to Harley] You’re lucky man. You got a bad b**ch.
The Joker: Oh, that she is. The fire in my loins. The itch in my crotch. The one, the only, the infamous Harley Quinn!
The Joker: [whistles to Harley] Oh, come to Daddy.
Harley Quinn: Puddin’.
The Joker: Oh, yeah. Listen, you are my gift to this handsome hunka hunka! You belong to him now.
Harley Quinn: [sits on Monster T’s lap] Well. You’re cute. You want me? I’m all yours.
Monster T: I don’t want no beef.
The Joker: You don’t want no beef? You don’t want no beef?
Harley Quinn: Why, what’s wrong?
The Joker: You don’t want no beef?
Harley Quinn: You don’t like me? Fine. Don’t waste my time then.
Monster T: This is your lady.
The Joker: Look, are you enjoying yourself?
Monster T: No. That’s your lady, Joker.
The Joker: That’s right. Yeah. Yo, J.
[Joker shoots Monster T]
Admiral Olsen: These are villains, Amanda. What makes you think you can control them?
Amanda Waller: Because getting people to act against their own self-interests for the national security of the United States is what I do for a living.
Dexter Tolliver: In a world of flying men and monsters this is the only way to protect our country. The Pentagon Washington DC What if Superman had decided to fly down, rip off the roof of the White House and grab the President of the United States right out of the overall office? Who would’ve stopped him? We got contingency plans for nukes in North Korea, Anthrax in our mail, we got fluoride in our water. But what happens if the next Superman becomes a terrorist? Amanda Waller has a plan. Amanda.
Amanda Waller: I want to build a team of some very bad people who I think can do some good. Like fight the next war, defeat the next Superman.
Edwards: Not on my watch. You’re not putting those monsters back out on the street in our name.
Amanda Waller: General, we run them covertly non-attributed. Strictly need to know. And if they get caught, we throw them under the bus. The next war will be fought with these metahumans. Ours, or theirs. We’re not the only ones kicking up rocks looking for them.
Harley Quinn: Are you the devil?
Amanda Waller: Maybe.
Deadshot: What’s this, the cheerleading tryouts?
Deadshot: Y’all jokers must be crazy.
Rick Flagg: [to Wallar] You notice these are criminals? They’re psychotic antisocial freaks. It makes no sense.
Rick Flagg: I mean, you need real soldiers. Not these scumbags.
Amanda Waller: In World War Two, the US Navy made a deal with the mafia to protect it’s ships on the waterfront.
Rick Flagg: This ain’t World War Two.
Amanda Waller: It’s World War Three.
Rick Flagg: What are you really up to?
Amanda Waller: It’s a “need to know”, and, all you need to know is you work for me.
Rick Flagg: They warned me about you. My dumba** didn’t believe the stories.
Amanda Waller: Nobody does.
Harley Quinn: Hey, boys! Harley Quinn. How do you do? Huh? What was that? I should kill everyone and escape? Sorry. The voices.
[the others look at her and she laughs]
Harley Quinn: I’m kidding. Jeez. That’s not what they really said.
Rick Flagg: You disobey me, you die. You try to escape, you die. You otherwise irritate or vex me, and guess what? You die.
[Harley puts up her hand]
Harley Quinn: I’m known to be quite vexing. I’m just forewarning you.
Rick Flagg: Lady, shut up! This is the deal. You’re going somewhere very bad to do something that’ll get you killed. But until that happens, you’re my problem.
Deadshot: So was that like a pep talk?
Rick Flagg: Yeah, that was a pep talk. There’s your s**t. Grab what you need for a fight. We’re wheels up in ten.
Deadshot: You might want to work on your team motivation thing. You heard of Phil Jackson?
Rick Flagg: Yeah.
Deadshot: He’s like the gold standard, okay? Triangle, b**ch. Study
Amanda Waller: Complete the mission you get time off your prison sentence. Fail the mission, you die. Anything happens to Colonel Flag, I’ll kill every single one of you. Remember, I’m watching. I see everything.
Rick Flagg: There’s your pep talk.
Deadshot: Compared to your s**t, she killed it. So that’s it? What, we some kind of suicide squad?
Rick Flagg: I’ll notify your next of kin.
Rick Flagg: This is Katana. She’s got my back. She can cut all of you in half with one sword stroke, just like mowing the lawn. I would advise not getting killed by her. Her sword traps the souls of its victims.
Harley Quinn: Harley Quinn. Nice to meet you. Love your perfume. What is that? The stench of death?
Deadshot: I don’t know if they told you, but I’m a hitman. I’m not a fireman, I don’t save people.
Rick Flagg: Anything for a dollar, right?
Deadshot: You know the dark places, too. Don’t act like you don’t.
Rick Flagg: I’m a soldier. And you’re a serial killer who takes credit cards. When the shooting starts, and it will, you’ll cut and run.
Deadshot: Did you just threaten me?
Rick Flagg: Oh, yeah.
Deadshot: [chuckles] He just threatened me.
Deadshot: Your friend’s going to help us out with that, right?
Harley Quinn: You’re my friend, too.
Deadshot: Stay evil, doll face. Spread the word.
Rick Flag: [as Harley smashes a shop window and takes a purse] Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people?
Harley Quinn: We’re bad guys, it’s what we do.
Captain Boomerang: [to Diablo] I hear you’re the fire bloke, hey? Well look at here.
Diablo: Yeah, I was. Yeah.
Captain Boomerang: Right, yeah. Hey.
[he opens his lighter]
Captain Boomerang: Fire. Wooh.
Deadshot: What you going to do?
Diablo: You want to see something!
Deadshot: Oh, yeah. I want to see!
Diablo: You want to see something!
Deadshot: Yes, I want to see something!
[Diablo suddenly loses it and unleashes his power, flames shoot out of his hands]
Deadshot: I was just trying to get you there. No hard feelings, right? We’re good.
The Joker: Oh, you.
Harley Quinn: You’re not leaving me. You’re not leaving me!
The Joker: You, you, you are little pain in the a**.
Harley Quinn: I have done everything you said. Every test, every trial, every initiation. I have proved I love you. Just accept it!
The Joker: Got it, got it, got it. I am not someone who is loved. I’m an idea. A state of mind. I execute my will according to my plan, and you, Doctor, are not part of my plan.
Harley Quinn: Just let me in. I promise. Let me in! I promise I won’t hurt you!
The Joker: Oh, promise? Promise?
Harley Quinn: [to Deadshot] I know how the world works, okay? And when it comes to the heart, everyone for themselves, right?
Captain Boomerang: Looks like we have a spot of luck, eh? Be a walk in the park. Easy peasy.
Deadshot: Don’t make me shoot you.
The Joker: Question. Would you die for me?
Harley Quinn: Yes.
The Joker: That’s too easy. Would you, would you live for me? Hm?
Harley Quinn: Yes.
The Joker: Careful. Do not say this oath thoughtlessly. Desire becomes surrender. Surrender becomes power. Do you want this?
Harley Quinn: I do.
The Joker: Say it. Say it. Say it. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty.
Harley Quinn: Please.
The Joker: God, you’re so good.
Deadshot: [as Harley points her gun at him] Woh! Relax. It’s me.
Harley Quinn: You ever been in love?
Deadshot: No, never.
Harley Quinn: Bulls**t.
Deadshot: You don’t kill as many people as I’ve killed and still sleep like a kitten if you feel s**t like love.
Harley Quinn: Another textbook sociopath.
Rick Flagg: Who’ll accept the consequences.
Amanda Waller: I am your consequence.
Deadshot: [referring to Waller] Damn. That is just a mean lady.
Rick Flagg: Yeah, you’ll get used to it.
Harley Quinn: Puddin’! You got all dressed up for me?
The Joker: Oh, you know I’d do anything for you. By the way, I’ve got some grape soda on ice and a bear skin rug waiting.
Harley Quinn: Yeah?
Frost: Boss, we got a problem!
The Joker: Huh?
[Joker’s helicopter is hit by a missile]
The Joker: This bird is baked. Okay, honey. It’s me and you.
Harley Quinn: Let’s do it.
Deadshot: So, let me guess. We’re going to the swirling ring of trash in the sky. You know, cause why wouldn’t we? When does this end, Flag?
Harley Quinn: What you having, KC?
Deadshot: Bloody Mary, right?
Killer Croc: Drink dulls the mind.
Harley Quinn: KC, it’s the end of the world. Have a drink with us.
Killer Croc: Beer.
Captain Boomerang: There he is. Give the man a beer.
Harley Quinn: How about you, hot stuff?
Harley Quinn: That’s a good idea, honey. Ninja? You want some sake?
Harley Quinn: Whiskey, okay.
Deadshot: r[eferring to his empty shot glass] What am I, twelve?
Deadshot: Here’s to honor among thieves
Katana: I’m not a thief.
Deadshot: Oh, she’s not a thief.
Captain Boomerang: I actually prefer to think of myself as an asset relocation specialist.
Deadshot: Well, we almost pulled it off. Despite what everybody thought.
Diablo: We weren’t picked to succeed, you know that, right? We were all chosen to fail.
Deadshot: Yeah, I know that. Worst part of it is, they’re going to blame us for the whole thing. And they can’t have people knowing the truth. We’re the patsies, the cover-up. Don’t forget, we’re the bad guys.
Deadshot: B**ch, I’m having a drink. I’m breathing fresh air. And for two sweet seconds I had hope.
Diablo: You had hope, huh? Hope don’t stop the wheel from turning, my brother.
Diablo: See, when I get mad, I lose control. You know, I just, I don’t know what I do. Till it’s done.
Captain Boomerang: And the kids?
Harley Quinn: He killed them. Didn’t you?
[Diablo starts to cry]
Harley Quinn: Own that s**t. Own it! What do you think was going to happen? Huh?
Deadshot: Hey, Harley. Come on.
Harley Quinn: What, you were just thinking you can have a happy family and coach little leagues, and make car payments? Normal is a setting on the dryer. People like us, we don’t get normal!
Captain Boomerang: Why is it always a knife fight every single time you open your mouth? You know, outside you’re amazing. But inside, you’re ugly.
Harley Quinn: We all are. We all are!
[looks at Killer Croc]
Harley Quinn: Except for him. He’s ugly on the outside, too.
Killer Croc: Not me, shorty. I’m beautiful.
Harley Quinn: Yeah, you are.
Captain Boomerang: You know what they say about the crazy ones.
Harley Quinn: Huh?
Amanda Waller: [mid-credit lines] This is crown jewels here, Mr. Wayne. And you do understand my legal exposure. If anyone knew what I’ve procured for you.
Bruce Wayne: Listen, I can keep a secret, okay? What do you want?
Amanda Waller: People are asking questions about Midway City. The kind of people who can get the answers, and if they can get those answers, my head will be on a pike.
Bruce Wayne: Consider yourself under my protection, if you deliver.
[she gives Bruce the files regarding metahumans]
Amanda Waller: Why, Mr. Wayne?
Bruce Wayne: I just like to make friends.
Amanda Waller: That’s the difference between us. You believe in friendship, I believe in leverage.
Bruce Wayne: Goodnight.
Amanda Waller: You look tired. You should stop working nights.
Bruce Wayne: You should shut it down, or my friends and I will do it for you.