The Suicide Squad (15)
The Suicide Squad (15)
Director: James Gunn
Runtime: 132 minutes
Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Jennifer Holland, Tinashe Kajese, Sylvester Stallone, Taika Waititi and Viola Davis
Synopsis: The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world — Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Harley Quinn and others — 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 Flag on the ground to make them behave.
From writer/director James Gunn [Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy] comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure The Suicide Squad, featuring a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC comics line-up.
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US 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 favourite 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 [Joel Kinnaman] on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s [Viola Davis] 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
Strap yourself in for the most bonkers action film of the year, The Suicide Squad.
This unlikely crew of 17 DC characters in Task Force X are played by a star-studded cast including: Idris Elba [Bloodsport new gang leader – draft dodger who avoided serving in Vietnam and was jailed for shooting Superman with a Kryptonite bullet]; John Cena [John Cena (WWE wrestler and actor) with the ironic name of The Peacemaker]; Margot Robbie [Harley Quinn the former psychiatrist ‘clown princess of crime’ and chaos causer] and Sylvester Stallone, [voice of King Shark]; Daniela Melchior [Ratcacher 11 who commands an army of rats wherever she goes] and David Dastmalcian [Polka-Dot Man who fires molten polka-dots at the enemy]. They are sent, armed with high-tech weapons, on a vital search-and-destroy mission.
These freed convicts of Belle Reve penitentiary are sent to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments run by Peter Capaldi [The Thinker] an evil genius.
During the mission, they come into conflict with Starro, a giant, telepathic alien starfish in a giant CGI extravaganza.
The Suicide Squad is an OTT action comedy with emotional character moments taking the genre in a different direction, with a new formula of looking at the internal life of these deranged, dastardly taskforce super-villains, along with the expected eye-popping gore, chaos, black comedy, irony, foul language and loud, spectacular violence.
Margot Robbie turned up the hype with her quote: ‘Arguably one of the greatest if not the greatest comic book films ever made.’
A hideous weasel character proves the director’s assertion that:’ an anthropomorphized animal doesn’t need to be beautiful.’
The Suicide Squad is long, oddly grotesquely hypnotic with stunning cinematography by Henry Braham and an adrenaline pumping, high octane, soundtrack which maybe will encourage a new respect for rats.
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