Before I begin my review of this movie, there are spoilers within this review. I would advise you to watch this movie before you read my review of The Suicide Squad, either in theaters or on HBO Max. This film is also rated R, due to the dark humor, explicit violence, swearing and so much more. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
The Suicide Squad, is a 2021 comic book movie directed by the amazing James Gunn, who has previously worked on Guardians of the Galaxy films by Marvel. This movie is to serve as a sequel/soft reboot of the original Suicide Squad film from 2016, which was a critical failure, due to Warner Bros chopping up the film and stitching it back together, making it a mess. The 2021 film however, exceeded my expectations and possibly took the rank as the best film of 2021!
The film revolves around Task-Force X, a team of anti-heroes/villains from the DC films that are sent on a mission to destroy a stronghold on an island, named Jotunheim. The film is very well paced, and takes its time on explaining each character shown. Each character however is on the chopping block, hence the name. Each character has a chance of dying due to the true villain of the story, Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis.) She is incredibly corrupt in her morals, and will do anything to get villains into her various task forces. Each villain has a bomb implanted into their brains, in case they abandon their mission.
The main character in this film might be hard to find, but I think that title goes to Bloodsport (played by Idris Elba.) He is the main focus of the film, with him being the leader of the task force. The others on his team are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Peacemaker (John Cena), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone). The members of the team are all very likable and funny, which helps the film connect with its audience.
My favorite characters had to be Bloodsport, Ratcatcher 2, Peacemaker and King Shark. The other characters were also very good, but these characters stood out the most. Bloodsport is a mercenary, taught by his father to kill since the day he was born. Peacemaker is also a mercenary, who was taught by his father to kill since the day he was born. These two are always butting heads in the film, which is very funny to me. Bloodsport is the main focus, as he was blackmailed into joining to help his daughter not go into prison, due to the crime of stealing a smart watch. Idris Elba does an amazing job as Bloodsport, and turns a much forgotten DC villain into a likable anti-hero.
Peacemaker is by far, the most corrupt of the anti-heros. His belief is to keep the peace, no matter how many people he must kill to get it. He starts off as just a foil to Bloodsport, but becomes more of an equal to him, with both racking up a kill count. Ratcatcher 2 is more of the emotional core of the film, as she really isn’t a villain, rather, someone who was trying to live their life. She has a device that controls rats, which Bloodsport has a phobia of, and becomes a running gag as well. These characters are great, but King Shark, or Nanaue, takes the throne for the best character.
King Shark is basically the muscle of the team, being that he is strong and has developed a taste for human flesh. Even with these somewhat intimidating factors, he is very misunderstood, and has no friends, due to his habits. This makes his character very enjoyable to watch, which James Gunn is good at doing, due to his success with Rocket Raccoon from the Marvel films.
Even though I did say Waller was the true villain, the main villain is a huge starfish from space. I’m not even joking. The beast’s name is Starro the Conqueror, and he is very threatening. He was the reason why the task force went to the island, to destroy the evidence of the project, and to hide that the U.S. was involved. This leads to a mutiny by Peacemaker, as he was tasked to keep that evidence hidden, but the team refuses to hand it over. This leads to Peacemaker killing members of the task force to “keep the peace”. This also leads to Bloodsport and Peacemaker face to face in a shootout, leading to the coolest shot of the film.
Another plus about this movie is the soundtrack. In the first Suicide Squad, there were so many copyrighted songs that made the movie such a mess. The only reasons why those songs are in it are due to Warner adding them for likability. It was mildly annoying to constantly get blasted with music that made no sense for the scene. In the sequel however, each song makes sense to the scene. Most of the songs are older songs from a bygone era, which works for the movie’s jungle island feel. The original songs made for the movie, like grandson’s Rain and Oh No, are perfect as well, and are honestly very catchy.
When this film was first announced, I was very skeptical about the outcome. The first Suicide Squad was hot garbage, but it had potential. The sequel will give you that missing potential, plus more good stuff to round it out. There is much more to talk about in this movie, but I will leave the rest for viewers to view the bigger surprises within the film. This movie felt like a breath of fresh air, since 2020 and the first half of 2021 was lacking in the movie front. For those wanting a good time with your friends or just a solid movie to enjoy, The Suicide Squad is just the kind of movie you want! I will be giving this movie a 10/10!