Monday, August 8, 2016

New Flix: Sinister Squad (2016)

While I've not seen DC's latest Film, I have seen the knock-off.  One more trip to The Asylum...
A woman- Alice from Wonderland- is capturing bad Fairy Tale Characters for some sort of mission, alongside good ones like Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, The Pied Piper and Goldilocks.
In her collection, she has such evils as The Big Bad Wolf (a feral Dolph Ziggler look-alike), Bluebeard, The Queen of Hearts and her latest capture...

Let's address the elephant in the room- despite featuring the same Characters and some Plot Points from Avengers Grimm, this is completely-unrelated AFAIK.  That's...odd and a little disappointing.
They capture a Witch (not Cara) as part of some plan to battle the ultimate evil...
Some guy in a Ninja Mask!

Okay, he's actually Death, since even The Asylum couldn't put the plot of Suicide Squad together from the Trailers.  As they always say, close enough!
Can our Heroes stop this evil?  Can the Film ever leave its one Indoor Location?  Can this pair make you think of Harley Quinn and The Joker enough to make you care?

To find out, watch the Film.  The End.
On the plus side, I wasn't expecting much.  When The Asylum knocks-off a Film that I'm already on the fence about (especially after the Reviews), what do I expect?  Nothing.  Good news- that's about what I get.  To be fair, The Asylum doesn't copy the Plot exactly.  As I joked though, nobody who didn't work on Suicide Squad knew what the Plot really was, so they just had to guess.  Much like Monster/Tokyo, they mostly got it wrong.  They hit the key beats- strong lady captures bad people and makes them do a mission.  No Helicopter.  No sky portal.  No big action moments.  There is some action here, but it is mostly punching, kicking, stabbing and shooting.  You want fireballs?  You want rock guys?  You want Killer Croc?  You want cool witch stuff?  Too bad!  The parts of it where they try to copy Suicide are kind of the weakest ones and they actually do better on their own Plot.  The problem- their Plot is kind of a big, strange mess.  It has like 10 Characters, half of them switch sides at least once and the pay-off is kind of lacking.  On top of that, there is no scale to this one, as they just bring them to the Base and never leave.  Imagine if The Avengers got the Characters on the Helicarrier and then never left for the climax.  That's basically what you get here- kind of weak.  The Acting isn't bad, but it never really impresses.  That sums up the Film really- it never really impresses.  It isn't trash.  It isn't treasure.  It's just a so-so Asylum Film...that completely ruins the Mad Hatter more than Disney has lately...
Nothing all that special, to be completely honest.  Mostly just a deglo mess of a Plot set inside a Warehouse.

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