Movie review for ‘Viral’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016)

In my Facebook home page today, I noticed some are very excited to share the news that the popular Pokemon Go game is finally released officially in Malaysia today. Part of my Facebook friends on the other hand also eager to share some interesting images from Rio 2016 opening ceremony that took place this morning (last night at Brazil time). I won’t be writing about these two topics anymore and I will be moving on back to my latest movie reviews.

‘Viral’ is a science fiction horror film which revolves on a woman and her sister that were quarantined alongside many others in the whole country in their respective homes due to an outbreak of a virus called worm flu that turns infected victims into zombie-like state. His secret crush is also present for a helping hand since their parents were away from home. This low-budget film starred Analeigh Tipton, Sofia Black, Travis Trope, etc.



I’m always a fans of zombie-themed movies or movies on some kind of virus. Despite this movie not getting widespread attention or huge cinematic release, I’m still keen to watch it. It was quite fun and entertaining though. Well, there are those very predictable plot and dumb decisions made as expected in this type of movie, ‘Viral’ do delivered on creating suspense and intense ‘zombie’ scenes. There is some good effort in it. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Viral’ a total of 7.0.

The last movie to review today is ‘Suicide Squad’. This is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year for many person but not me strangely. However, I still insist to watch it due to the buzz and the continuity in the DC cinematic universe that I have to catch up on in order to further understand all the other released or future DC movies. ‘Suicide Squad’ revolves on a group of imprisoned supervillains whom were recruited by a secret government agency to counter an existing attack in the city. It’s basically bad guys (and girls too) being licensed to do bad things against the other bad people.



Well, the movie isn’t excellent but it doesn’t also deserve such a low rating it has right now over in Rotten Tomatoes. I find that the site is particularly unfair to DC movies and more biased towards Marvel studio. ‘Suicide Squad’ is still a nice film to watch with some good actions, neat and less complicated storyline, and good performances by the cast especially from Margot Robbie portraying as Harley Quinn. The film also starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, etc. Since this is also another ensemble movie with many characters, it is reasonably understood that the Joker’s character (one of the main highlights of this movie, and it is portrayed by Jared Leto) has very limited amount of screen time. Not judging by that, I still find that Jared Leto did well on this role but simply not amazing enough. His performance stays buried under the shadow of Heath Ledger’s take on this villainous comic character back in 2008 in ‘The Dark Knight’ eventhough their approaches on Joker are different. Jared’s laughs in this movie are very weird. Moving on, I find that this movie didn’t quite have the charm to keep the audiences engaged and some of the funny dialogues appeared forced and awkward throughout the movie. The characters’ supposingly bad behaviors were also not presented much which is a waste as it is the uniqueness of this group. The final climax is also a bit of a letdown with very plain direction and lacks fresh idea. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Suicide Squad’ a total of 6.6.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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