Title: The Suicide Squad.
Director: James Gunn.
Story: James Gunn.
Release Date: 2021.
Runtime: 132 min.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy.
Cast: Michael Rooker, Viola Davis, John Ostrander, Joel Kinnaman, Nathan Fillion, Jai Courtney, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Pete Davidson, Sean Gunn, Margot Robbie, Stephen Blackehart, Idris Elba, John Cena, and many more!
Box office: To Be Determined.
My Overall Rating:
Following Disney and Marvel Studios’ decision in 2018 to cut ties with director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) over controversial tweets from his past, he was picked up by Warner Bros. to replace director Gavin O’Connor. Given all the creative freedom needed to bring his anarchic vision of this band of mischief to the big screen, he offers a studio-meddling-free soft reboot of director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016), easily enjoyable without prior knowledge of the previous movies’ story. Set within the DC Extended Universe, the latest movie carries on to introduce a mosaic of new and unknown villains, based on characters from DC Comics, who join forces through unusual circumstances to carry out suicide missions, embracing heroism without much of a choice.
What is The Suicide Squad (2021) about? Sent on a mission by intelligence officer Amanda Waller to a South American island called Corto Maltese, two teams of Task Force X, comprised of Belle Reve inmates, mostly supervillains, are sent on an infiltration mission to destroy a Nazi-era laboratory known as Jötunheim which houses a secret experiment known as “Project Starfish”. Clueless of the nature of their task, they face the recent establishment of an Anti-American regime within the government and look to come out alive to profit from the promised lighter sentence they were offered. Unfortunately for them, their assignment is no walk in the park. Not only is failure rewarded with the detonation of their heads but the risks are never less dramatic than death itself.
If it says anything, this movie is what the original Suicide Squad movie should’ve been. An unabashed and viscerally violent journey where bonds are created along the way to the ultimate destination. With a straightforward and uncomplicated plot as well as a predictable twist, it offers plenty of ambitious and staggering narrative decisions (including numerous deaths). The story at its core is not too different of that seen in the first Suicide Squad but is colourfully executed with heart, soul, and plenty of gore. With no indication whatsoever of any possible chemistry, the crew organically grow into a beautifully violent unit that will inevitably steal the hearts of countless fans. In fact, the story is remarkably carried by a stellar cast, with notable performances by Bloodsport (Idris Elba), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and Peacemaker (John Cena).
Filled with authentic heart-warming moments, riddled with entertaining dark humour (sure, at times, jokes do fall on deaf ears), and brimming with visually stunning gore, this high-budget blockbuster is an ambitious yet welcomed step in the right direction. Despite Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn presence, fully established by prior movies, The Suicide Squad also succeeds through its peculiar characters who all ultimately feel expendable within this underground universe of crisis event resolution. As each character is treated with sensitivity, viewers are bound to feel attached to tactful development and their irreversibly broken nature, cheering along, hoping to see them become the heroes they never got to be for others but also for themselves. It is this unforgiving world and ridiculous circumstances that ultimately gives these characters the chance to become something more than their criminal identities.
The movie’s viciously gorgeous aesthetics also play a huge role in turning this movie into an unforgettable journey. With spectacular dynamic camera angles, clever titles screens, and exciting (yet very bloody) macabre sequences, there is something cathartically satisfying to watch the casualty count grow at an exponential rate. Add in the impeccable soundtrack selection filled with avant-garde music that simply fits perfectly with the unique dynamism of this group of misfits, there isn’t a moment throughout the movie that won’t feel like everything is about to beautifully explode and end in blissful chaos. It is in fact in that tendency towards calamity that director James Gunn finds refuge to his ideas and gives fans one of the most exciting movies of the year.
The Suicide Squad (2021) is a deliriously hyperviolent soft reboot sending D-list supervillains into treacherous grounds on a life-threatening mission.