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After five years of Exile, The Suicide Squad returned to the big screen last Friday for a second chance at a Live-Action adaptation. And thanks to the brilliant (and slightly disturbed) mind of James Gunn, the new Suicide Squad movie gives us one of the best iterations of Task Force X since the animated movies, Batman Assault on Arkham and Hell to Pay.
The Suicide Squad sees supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and some other criminals, infiltrate the island of Corto Maltese on Amanda Waller’s orders. But when the group finds themselves plagued by enemies on all sides, the mission soon morphs into more than they bargained for.
A Spy Thriller With a Dark Sense of Humor
If there’s one thing, the Suicide Squad movie excels at, its integrating dark humor and drama into its spy thriller storyline.
After a brief re-introduction to the Squad, the first 20 minutes of the latest DC movie sees the group begin their assault on Corto Maltese. However, to my surprise, the mission goes south earlier than usual, and we’re quickly reminded of the high mortality rate associated with Task Force X.
At first, I thought killing off half the Squad so early in the movie was just an elaborate joke. But once I saw the scene in its full context, I fully appreciated the idea behind this brilliant but brutal strategy.
Sadly, the death toll doesn’t end there, as several other characters (some of whom seemed untouchable) die over the course of the movie.
Hey, we asked for an R-Rated movie, and they gave us an R-Rated movie.
However, all the gore and humor would have been for nothing, had the movie’s cast not delivered an amazing performance.
Meet The Squad
Despite being a Deadshot copy, Idris Elba really made Bloodsport his own character. And throughout the movie, I was impressed by his skill as an assassin and as a leader. I loved his guns, but I adored his combat suit of endless weapons even more. But the true blessing upon this movie was his feud with Peacemaker.
Speaking of which,
John Cena’s Peacemaker was an unexpectedly dark character, who killed several people for the sake of peace. In all honesty, I thought Peacemaker was going to be another joke character. But when the film revealed his true mission, I realized he was a perfect fit for the Suicide Squad.
As always Margot Robbie was amazing as the lethal and unpredictable Harley Quinn. And I really enjoyed Sylvester Stallone’s, King Shark. However, the two characters I never expected to fall in love with were Polka-Dot Man(David Dastmalchian) and Rat-Catcher 2 (Daniela Melchior).
Ratcatcher’s origin story with her father was every bit as touching as Polka-Dot’s Mother issues were hilarious. And I loved how the movie showed how strong the two of them could be under the right circumstances.
And then there’s Waller.
I’ve always thought Viola Davis was perfect as Amanda Waller. But in this movie, she’s even more ruthless, manipulative, and ever-ready to sacrifice anyone to achieve her goal.
In fact, Waller was so brilliantly evil that my only real issue with The Suicide Squad is that she didn’t punish her people for rebelling against her. But knowing her, she’s probably planning something much worse.
Hopefully, we’ll get to see this reckoning in Suicide Squad 3. (That’s assuming we get a sequel).
The Suicide Squad is a fun and well-made action movie, that properly depicts the dysfunctional and bloody nature of DC’s Task Force X. Does it occasionally overdo it with the Jokes? Yes. But thanks to the movie’s director and its amazing cast, the film gets so many other things right, that I can’t help but overlook its mistakes.
Box office flop or not, I hope we get to see more of this Suicide Squad.
- Excellent Acting
- Good Character Adaptation
- Good Storyline
- Excessive Jokes