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Movies: Y’s weekly guide to what’s on

Movies reviewed this week: Suicide Squad, The Shallows, The BFG: The Big Friendly Giant and Bollywatch: Rustom.



Suicide Squad

What happens when you put a band of the world’s biggest supervillains together? You end up with the Suicide Squad, a menacing motley crew from the murkiest corners of society, including the Joker (Jared Leto) and Deadshot (Will Smith).

Director David Ayer takes over from where Zack Snyder’s blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice left off – with the demise of Superman. However, the United States is now in need of a newer superhero to defend itself from an enigmatic and insuperable entity that is haunting the country.

Fearing doom, US intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) assembles the aforementioned incarcerated supervillains, and gives them the most powerful weapons at the government’s disposal. Each of them has been fitted with a suicide bomb that will detonate should they go astray or change their minds about the mission she gives them.

But the squad is under the impression that their country is under a terrorist attack and not from one waged by another supervillain. 

The big question is: will they realise in time that they were picked to use their powers for the good of the country? Or will they deduce they were just designed to be suicide dummies? More importantly, can they take on the superpower that aims to take them out one by one?

Batman (Ben Affleck) also makes an appearance so fans of the Dark Knight will be thrilled. A must-watch for DC nuts.

Review by Alvin Thomas

The Shallows

Surfer girl Nancy (Blake Lively) is a disillusioned medical student trying to retrace the path taken by her deceased mother. Her quest takes her to Mexico’s coast, and to a beach nicknamed Paradise – where her mother surfed when pregnant with Nancy. However, things go awry when Nancy’s blood from an injury wafts into the feeding ground of a great white “killer” shark. And though the shore is just 200 metres away, she must use all her skills and nerve to survive. Thriller fans, take a deep breath for this one.     


The BFG: The Big Friendly Giant

Adapted from the 1982 children’s book, The BFG tells the story of orphan Sophie and her encounter with the benevolent and compassionate Big Friendly Giant (BFG) as they embark on an adventure to seek and capture the man-eating giants that have been invading the world. Directed by Steven Spielberg, for adults and children of all ages to enjoy.

Bollywatch:

Rustom

A stylish melodrama exploring a 1959 court case that shook India’s post-independence era. Rustom Pavri (Akshay Kumar) plays an honourable Indian navy officer, who turns himself in to police for the murder of his friend Vikram (Arjan Bajwa), after discovering he was having an affair with his wife, Cynthia (Ileana D’Cruz). However, when he pleads not guilty in court, proceedings start to go pear-shaped. The film has a fictionalised ending but the court scenes are largely based on true events. Not one to queue up for.