Video Review: Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, X Ambassadors & Imagine Dragons “Sucker For Pain”

Through a tunnel, a throne in the shape of a skull can be seen with its glowing yellow eyes. At the end of the olive-green walled hallway, a fire burns. From his cot, Lil Wayne looks up. Thousands of bullets drop at Dan Reynolds’ feet. In his cell, Ty Dolla $ign punches a homemade punching bag.  A rose flies in the air and tears apart, it’s petals going off in various directions.

Wiz Khalifa stands on a pile of concrete blocks. Sam Harris sits cross-legged on a warehouse floor, he hands cuffed with chains, which are connected to two columns. A dog barks. Logic looks up. The camera pans from room 205 to Lil Wayne opening his mouth.

From the clip, Joker (Jared Leto) considers pulling the trigger. Reynolds sees the walls turn red and starts to escape as the lights flash. He shoots his gun. Reynolds is protected by a force field. Guards rush to catch a prisoner in the hallway.

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), chained to the ceiling, pretends to shoot everyone in the room. Ty Dolla $ign watches a fire burn around his cell.  Harley Quinn hangs upside down from her rope.

In a clip from the movie, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) holds a match while in his cell. He stares at the flames coming from his hand. From the movie, a group shot follows.

In the hallway, sparks flow through the bottom of the door. Harley Quinn touches the bars of her cell. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is hauled out. Joker cheers in his car. Harley Quinn licks the bar of her cell. Waste is dumped onto the ground.

Logic puts on his jacket. Harley Quinn puts on her t-shirt and then looks around. Next, Logic is in a straitjacket inside a padded cell. Joker grits his teeth. A guard closes a door.

Lil Wayne raps from his skull throne. Katana (Tatsu Yamashiro) shows off her blade. Harley Quinn gets an electrical shock and falls. Lil Wayne tries to avoid the shocks emitting his throne. Deadshot  (Will Smith) looks out the window of his cell. Navy blue smoke emits from the doors. Wiz Khalifa stands in a hallway. The ceiling crumbles. El Diablo shoots flames with his hands. Sparks fly from Ty Dolla $ign’s palm.

Harley Quinn, with a baseball bat behind her head, blows a bubble with her gum. Two chained dogs bark at Harris. Harris stands up, his hands crossed at shoulders. All the musicians get one final shot from inside their cells.

Ty Dolla $ign’s cell burns. A siren blares.

Rating: 1/5

A crowded cast, both in the film clips and the song, overwhelm any attempt at a narrative. At a length of nearly five minutes, a few people could’ve been cut, namely Sam Harris (from the X Ambassadors) who sits there in chains.

With their being plenty of people, no one is given that much to do. They stand in their areas and walk. Lil Wayne and Logic, though, are the only two who get featured in different areas. Everyone else mainly stays where they are.

For Ty Dolla $ign, being inside the jail cell stirs emotions up for him. He thinks of men who have been falsely imprisoned, having no escape from the bars, years taken from their lives. All his pent-up anger and empathy is put into his balled-up punching bag inside his cell. He is the only one who seems to be playing a character who has an actual back story.

Despite the video taking place in Belle Reve, everyone is disconnected from one another. There is no major group shot which makes it seem as though they aren’t working together at all. It contradicts the movie. Without any camaraderie or character building, it’s simply focused on the trying to go viral and further market the movie.

Director: N/A Year: 2016

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