The Suicide Squad (2021) Movie Review: More Marvel Than DC

The film The Suicide Squad kicks off acclaimed director James Gunn’s slick collaboration with the DC franchise ahead of the confirmed Peacemaker TV series. This film can be said to have succeeded in getting rid of Suicide Squad, which was released in 2016 with a more grandiose action dish and absurd jokes.

Not much different from the first iteration, this film is centered on a mission carried out by the villains in the DC universe. This mission is set in a country called Corto Maltese. The country, which is located on an archipelago, experienced a coup by the military who was very anti-American.

Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sends a group of super villains led by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) in a group called Task Force X. They are assigned on a secret mission to sneak and secure a Nazi-era research facility called Project Starfish.

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The plot is too general and predictable. A group of troops tasked with sneaking in and destroying a secret alien experiment by a death squad. Not much different from the first film by David Ayer.

But Gunn added more subplots, including more action and bloodshed from start to finish. The majestic action is decorated with gore scenes, including the scene of a stabbed heart, which is immediately presented with pleasantries. And there’s even a kaiju in DC!

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Many scenes with impressive humor. But sometimes it feels too much so that it overlaps one another.

The plot moves quickly, from one battle to another, but not accompanied by a clear character arc. Delivered, and passed.

Half a sequel, and half a reboot, Remembering Gunn recalls the popular character in the first film, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Harley is made more complex and gets a better arc than the first film, complete with romance scenes.

In this film, we are met with new characters such as Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), and Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior) to other famous names; Savant, played by Michael Rooker (Yondu in The Guardian of the Galaxy ) and Sylvester Stallone, who also voices King Shark. Some unique cameos also came unexpectedly.

More Marvel than DC
James Gunn, who was originally known for heading The Guardian of the Galaxy, had to leave due to his old tweets on social media. It was there that DC approached the 55-year-old director to reproduce the critically shattered Suicide Squad, although it sold well in theaters.

Gunn does make this film more Marvel than DC, with a plot wrapped in comedy, a brighter tone, although it doesn’t eliminate DC’s gloomy color. The difference that is clearly visible is the rating in which this film is R-Rated, which is for adults. Seen many sadistic scenes but with a dark comedy bandage.

Not necessarily bad, but still a drawback for a DC entry. On the one hand, it provides the film that action fans and some fans of the superhero series have been waiting for. But on the other hand it wastes the message given, even makes it feel meaningless.

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Film The Suicide Squad is interesting as entertainment mega blockbuster movie with all the action, comedy, and a series of big names that appear in this film. But for DC, which is known for its strong character depth and solid plot, this is nothing more than a popcorn movie.

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