Movie review: The Suicide Squad 2021
A collection of underdog heroes with an anti-hero mindset recruited to destroy an interstellar mystery, Director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad packs in all the brazenly violence we anticipated. Notorious for Guardians of the Galaxy volume, Gunn has delivered a gleeful, grotesque, and vicious adaptation of the already ridiculous The Suicide Squad which was released in 2016. The movie is much like a half-reboot and half-sequel of the previous one, making it more of a standalone film.
This foul-mouthed, extra-violent and absurdly hilarious movie features not only a group of already dangerous anti-heroes called Task Force X but also a mission to take down an extraterrestrial being with everyone’s co-operation, making it a comical action romp, starring Peacemaker (John Cena), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Ratcatcher-II (Daniela Melchior), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Thinker (Peter Capaldi) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).
The team is sent to a small Latin American country called Corto Maltese, where anti-American attitude is on the rise after the fall of a vicious dictatorship. The new leaders, who are ruthless in every fashion, now have access to an extra-terrestrial secret project known as Project Starfish. So, the team of misfits is ordered to stop and destroy the project, all while hoping to make it out alive.
What follows through is a ridiculously bloody and hilarious action-comedy flick with a genuinely marvellous cast. Chaos is the key aesthetic in the film and to be able to pull off the hefty dose of humour combined with the dynamic action sequences without getting lost is no more than an achievement. It’s a film that plays with its action in ways most movies wouldn’t dare to go towards, allowing Gunn and his team extra flexibility on their comic flicks.
Robbie takes the crown for the finest character of the film, presenting us with the best of both action and comedy. Elba finally takes the lead action role as Bloodsport and executes it flawlessly, sharing the character’s warm personality while also maintaining its intimate look.
Cena’s patriotic and psychotic peacemaker, an ultra-violent take on Captain America, possesses the same abilities as Bloodsport, but with a passion for liberty – “I cherish peace with all of my heart. I don’t care how many men, women and children kill to get it.” Bloodsport and Peacemaker’s contest trying to one-up each other in homicidal creativity is hysterical. Although they’re the standouts among the cast, everyone works here, especially the bond between the misfit in the gang of misfits, King Shark and the rat-controlling, Ratcatcher-II which symbolizes friendship and affection in the world of mayhem.
The movie, however, feels repetitious after a while, and to see the already cliché scenes of characters crashing into collapsing buildings is a little disappointing. While version 2.0 of the film is clearly better than Ayer’s misfire of 2016, the movie also focuses on the weaknesses of the first film and makes it more comprehensible. All in all, The Suicide Squad is wild, delightful and remarkably sidesplitting.
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