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Review: The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad is in cinemas now

The Suicide Squad is what happens when you give James Gunn pretty much free range with a huge movie budget and Troma leanings. It’s Anarchic, Violent, Foul Mouthed, Hilarious and Violent (Did we mention that already?). Basically it’s absolutely mind-blowingly, insanely awesome.

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

James Gunn when given the right material can create something absolutely epic and spectacular. The Suicide Squad, is his wondrous, thrilling, splendid opus. A beautifully violent canvas on which he literally throws the contents of the paint chaotically creating something of a Salvador Dali superhero movie.

His ensemble cast led by Idris Elba as Bloodsport (The Dim Mak gag is ace), Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and John Cena as Peacemaker are nothing short of mesmerising. bickering, blasting bad guys or simply throwing each other looks of bemusement, not one moment of The Suicide Squads two hour run time is wasted. There is always something going on that will have you laughing maniacally, dropping your jaw to the floor or recoiling in psychological pain in sympathy with whichever protagonist is taking the latest bump or severed limb. Every cast member gets more than a moment to shine, be it from Stallone’s monosyllabic King Shark or David Dastmalchain’s polka-dot man to John Cena’s Peacemaker (And who knew that Cena could pull off perfect comic timing? Especially when you look back at his debut in 12 Rounds, where quite simply he was out acted by a plank of wood). If there’s any disappointment, it would be Peter Calpaldi as The Thinker, who simply doesn’t do enough, but compared to the cast he’s playing off, it’s a surprise he gets a word in edgeways. The entire movie is worth every penny you pay to get in and more.

The Suicide Squad isn’t subtle, nor does it need to be, it’s excesses are its triumph and you will sit wondering what would happen if Marvel gave Gunn the directorial reigns to Deadpool 3. A match made in heaven thats what. The Suicide Squad, a stone wall 5 star movie, that is one of the must see movies of the summer.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Suicide Squad is in cinemas now

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