What Are We? Some Sort of Suicide Squad?

The Suicide Squad
“The Suicide Squad” from writer-director James Gunn arrives on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics)

The Suicide Squad
If you’re looking for the right concoction of a well crafted plot, entertaining characters, heart, emotion, larger than life presentation, and utter ridiculousness, then obviously it’s a James Gunn film that should be viewed

Continuing DCEU’s success of, Zack Snyder’s Justice League(2021), The Suicide Squad sees the government enlisting the most dangerous supervillains in the world — Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Harley Quinn and others, sending them to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Armed with high-tech weapons, they trek through the dangerous jungle on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Col. Rick Flagg on the ground to make them behave.

The biggest question most moviegoers have is the big question, “What’s its connection to the David Ayer, Suicide Squad (2016)?” Is it a remake, sequel, soft reboot? The answer is, yes. While the film does hint it is a sequel. The Suicide Squad comic books were known for each issue involving a new band of characters, being sent on different missions. Most of the time never having anything to do with the previous mission. Which could be what the filmmakers wanted to pay homage to.

Like director, James Gunn’s previous comic book adaptation, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014/2017), there is a little bit of everything for all movie fans, layered throughout the story.

Like the first adaptation of the same series, the biggest theme the film captures is the close bond of working together. Like a family. And doing what is right, no matter the cause. Giving an over the top action film, what most other stories of the same nature lack is  heart. Ironically for being a story out of a comic series, the characters are more than just 2 dimensional cartoons, with silly catchphrases. They bring plenty of relatability to their portrayal. As odd as it may seem…

The action/ adventure aspect felt like something from an old “men on a mission” war film, like The Dirty Dozen (1967), or Kelly’s Heroes (1970). All of these elements wrapped up together, making for an intriguing movie from start to finish.

King Shark, essentially the Groot of this bunch, and also voiced brilliantly by an action star, Sylvester Stallone, is easily the show stealer!

While this is a fun action adventure film, do keep in mind, this is very gritty and gruesome. The characters are not anyone to praise at first. They are all dark, unlikeable antiheroes at the beginning of the story. If sensitive subjects are not your favorite thing in films, go into this one with caution.

The Suicide Squad is Rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual
references, drug use, and brief graphic nudity

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Manuel Ruiz

TIP JAR Manuel Ruiz is a film maker from Ridgecrest. He has been working on Big Hollywood films such as Django Unchained and The Lone Ranger for more than 10 years.
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