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The Awesome Suicide Squad VR Experience At SDCC Shows You All Angles Of A Scene

by Brian Shea on Jul 24, 2016 at 04:20 AM

During San Diego Comic-Con, Samsung joined up with the team behind Suicide Squad for the Samsung Experience. The exhibit at SDCC features several Suicide Squad-themed stations where you can do things like get a custom shirt made, create a personalized temporary tattoo, or even take a 360 degree photo in a jail cell from the film. The highlight of the exhibit, however, is the Task Force VR station, which gives you a completely unique look at the upcoming supervillain movie.

As I strap on the Samsung Gear VR, I'm greeted by a scowling Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. She lays out the stakes and the mission at-hand. She informs me that we either succeed and get time taken off our sentences or we die trying. From there, I'm teleported to the middle of a big room in an office building. The crooked heroes are greeted by a huge group of enemies, and they spread out to take them on.

I'm positioned in the middle of the room, so I'm able to turn a full 360 degrees to catch all of the action. I look to my left to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn bashing in a guy's head with her bat before wrapping her weapon of choice around the throat of another enemy to strangle him. I look to my right to see Will Smith's Deadshot doing what that character does best to take out his fair share of enemies. I continue looking around at this massive action scene happening all around me. The Squad convenes in the middle, directly below me. I look down to see the group fighting off enemies back-to-back in a circle. The scene ends and I marvel at how they could have possibly pulled that off.

Thankfully, I'm not left wondering. As quickly as my headset faded away from that scene, I'm greeted on-screen by director David Ayer. He talks briefly about how much work goes into a scene such as that, but the real thrill comes with what he tells me next: I'm going to see the scene again, but instead of sitting in the middle of the action, I'm going to be put in the shoes of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn to see what she sees.

The screen cuts back into the beginning of the scene once again, only this time, I'm in the first-person view. I look up to see the colorful tips of Harley Quinn's pigtails, then look down to see that I'm donning her signature outfit. The scene kicks off and I suddenly feel like I'm along for a ride in a first-person action game. I hear Robbie exhale sharply as she swings her bat at an enemy's skull. I see her hair flop in my face as she maneuvers around an enemy to get into position to smash another one. It's an incredibly visceral experience, and one I definitely won't forget as I go to see the film in a couple of weeks. 

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5. To see the explosive new trailer that debuted at SDCC, head here.