You know how it is with superhero movies these days, there’s enough of them so you should. No matter how long it has been since we last saw these characters, the don’t-call-it-a-reboot-reboot tells the backstory again.
Think how many times you’ve seen Peter Parker’s grandpa killed, or how many times you’ve seen Bruce Wayne’s parents killed, a lot, right?
So, just five years since David Ayer brought us Suicide Squad, DC pass the baton to James Gunn to brings us, well, THE Suicide Squad and James Gunn throws out the rulebook and jumps straight into the action.
In fact, we jump straight in and don’t stop until your eyeballs have been filled with mayhem, blood, gore, silly costumes, silly superpowers, fun and lots and lots of rats.
There are some similarities between the two movies, as you’d expect. But also, some of the cast are carried over too: Viola Davis (“Blackhat”, “Fences”), Joel Kinnaman (“Altered Carbon (TV)”, “Child 44”), Jai Courtney (“Jolt”, “Alita: Battle Angel”) and Margot Robbie (“Birds Of Prey”, “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”) all revise their roles from Suicide Squad.
This, and a few other things, point to The Suicide Squad being a follow-on, if not a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, but no-one will say for sure, so take it however you want.
We begin with Savant, Michael Rooker (“Fast & Furious 9”, “Brightburn”), as he is brought out of prison by Amanda Waller (Davis) to join his crew: T.D.K., Nathan Fillion (“Castle (TV)”, “Firefly (TV)”), Captain Boomerang (Courtney), Javelin, Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks The Internet”, “The Boss Baby: Back In Business (TV)”), Mongal, Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”, “Muna”), Blackguard, Pete Davidson (“The King Of Staten Island”, “The Jesus Rolls”), Rick Flag (Kinnaman) and Weasel, Sean Gunn (“Avengers: Endgame”, “The Belko Experiment”).
The group all land on some fictional island with a mission to make it to the centre and destroy an experiment that has fallen from space and is now in the wrong hands.
On the other side of the island we have The Suicide Squad, the ones you’ve seen in the trailers: King Shark, voiced by Sylvester Stallone, Bloodsport, Idris Elba (“Cats”, “The Dark Tower”), Peacemaker, John Cena (“Fast & Furious 9”, “Playing With Fire”), Ratcatcher 2, Daniela Melchior (“The Black Book”, “Valor da Vida (TV)”) and Poka-Dot Man, David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man And The Wasp”, “MacGyver (TV)”), they too, have been given the mission of getting to the centre of the island and destroying the experiment.
Needless to say, blood, gore, mayhem, flashbacks (there has to be flashbacks to tell some of the stories) and the throwing up of polka dots all take place in great abundance. We also have Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who (TV)”, “The Personal History Of David Copperfield”) as Thinker, the man who has been working on/with the experiment, known as Starro, a gigantic starfish, from space.
If you’ve seen any of Gunn’s previous films, and if you haven’t, why not, you will know what to expect. Here, Gunn ramps the fun, gore and action to 11. There’s nothing subtle here, but that doesn’t matter, it fits with the bonkers nature of the Suicide Squad and he pulls it off with aplomb.
30th July 2021
THE QUICK SELL
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese
CAST & CREW
Daniela Melchior, David Dastmalchian, Flula Borg, Idris Elba, Jai Courtney, James Gunn, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, Margot Robbie, Mayling Ng, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, Peter Capaldi, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis