The Supervillains Are Back
By Nirupa Mohan Dore Ceylon Today Features
The action drenched science-fiction film The Suicide Squad, released recently, with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn. The story follows a dangerous team of supervillains, who are sent on a search and destroy mission by the government, in a remote location, with danger at every turn, in a world of political conspiracy.
The star-studded film with the tagline ‘They’re dying to save the world,’ is the tenth movie as part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and is a standalone sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. Based on characters from DC, the story once again features an ensemble team of convicts, who are handpicked to be in a task force, named the Suicide Squad.
The DC comics-based concept features a host of challenges, in a mission that is filled with drama and plot twists, in what might just be a government cover up. Margot Robbie once again delivers an outstanding performance, that can easily be compared to her recent role on last year’s Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn, as she brings back her bold personality to the spotlight.
The film shows several Suicide Squad cast members return, while new ones join the ensemble cast, which includes Idris Elba as Bloodspot, John Cena as Peacemaker, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag.
The film also stars Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi, Jennifer Holland, Sean Gunn, and several other stars, with each adding their own personality to their individual roles. The unpredictable story, with supervillains, is filled with hilarious moments, as the team treks through a dangerous jungle, armed with highteach weapons, on an Island they call Corto Maltese.
The story features some thrilling action but also tries to create a balance with heartfelt moments. While there are also a few gruesome scenes scattered throughout the film, that at times seem irrelevant and unsettling with gore, that is supported by graphic violence. ‘Rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity,’ the story sees several characters killed during the film, in a plot that doesn’t slow down.
The movie is driven by medium to fast paced storytelling from start to finish, with dramatic tone changes from violent to humorous in a matter of minutes. The 132-minute film by director James Gunn, working together with producers Peter Safran and Charles Roven, was made in collaboration with production companies DC Films, The Safran Company and Atlas Entertainment, with a budget of US$ 185 million.
The Suicide Squad failed to compete at the worldwide box-office, raking in a disappointing US$ 167.4 million dollars, falling short on reaching the film’s production budget, but proved to be a hit with fans, receiving praise, with many feeling that the movie was clearly an improvement, compared to its predecessor.
Impressively rated 90 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, 72 per cent on Metacritic and 7.3/10 on IMDb, the film has seen positive critic for its skilled cast, script, visual style, and Gunn’s clear direction.
The Suicide Squad is a purely entertaining instalment that fans of its predecessor are sure to appreciate. With a mission set primarily on an enemy-infused island, at the films core, backed by drama at every turn, this is a must watch for fans of Suicide Squad.