The Suicide Squad (2021) Review: The Real Film That Should Had been Released in 2016

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The Suicide Squad delivers James Gunn most polished work with a violent, anarchic contemptuous humour that surprisingly has a lot of heart.

After Zack Snyder Justice League, this is the film that we’ve all been waiting for. David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016) is a true disappointment with cringe humor, predictable storyline and treating all of these characters as a joke. James Gunn ‘The Suicide Squad’ (2020) are set to redeem when the film was announced and it exceed every expectation it held to its hype.

Treating the audience as smart, ‘The Suicide Squad’ starts quick with little explanation of the rules, assuming the audience had watched the previous. But we’re given off lots of new characters (with the exception of Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang). So how do James Gunn handle these handful of characters? Well, he does a genius move and really sets the direction in the most meta way.

We all know how the film will turn thanks to the formula that had been set ever since superheroes films became a genre. However, to describe the film without spoilers seems to be an impossible task. The process is all unpredictable, with narrative twists and turns that actually contributed to the storyline while still able to pack a punch of laughter. And maybe with a feeling of guilt. Or a melancholic treat.

James Gunn seems to be at the top of his game on this film. The Guardians of The Galaxy series are great, but the creative effort put into this film is incredible. Perhaps it is due to the R-rating and less studio interference (Warner Bros. do have lots of problems but it’s arguably more supportive than Disney) and the results are surprising. Action sequences become the film highlight with its creative, humoric gory death. Visuals style are lively with popping color. And nobody would expect the film could be emotional at times with some social criticism about USA behavior. Oh, and expect some realistic chaotic moment of destruction that most superheroes films never did show.

Let’s not forget our cast who play the anti-heroes. Every actor and actress is able to live up their character personality into distinct ones. Idris Elba as Bloodsport gives a charismatic presence as a leader. Margot Robbie is charming as always in portraying Harley Quinn. John Cena is a gag relief that had an intricate characteristic beneath him. Joel Kinnaman separate himself out from the previous ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016) into a very much likable character. And Viola Davis. Geez, she’s just getting a lot more brutal as Amanda Waller. Don’t get me to talk about the animals that appear in the film too. I could rant about how they became my favorites characters for hours in this post.

In short, ‘The Suicide Squad’ isn’t just a passable film with a meant to redeem tier previous sins. It’s a loud, unexpectedly-good film that is able to mix every emotion on the surface that is enough for a sequel to be expected. All thanks to James Gunn’s brilliant screenwriting and direction.


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Film Credits

The Suicide Squad

Nationality: USA

Duration: 132 min.


James Gunn


Margot Robbie
Idris Elba
John Cena
Joel Kinnaman
Sylvester Stallone
Viola Davis
Jai Courtney
Peter Capaldi

Written by

James Gunn


Henry Braham

Edited by

Fred Raskin
Christian Wagner

Composed by

John Murphy

Synopsis: 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.