Another day, another squad, another pile of bodies heaped to the rafters. Much like the 2016 Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad (that definitive article is an important point of difference) sees a motley crew of second-string villains – plus fan fave Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) press-ganged by the shadowy arm of the U.S. government to undertake an insanely dangerous mission in return for reduced sentences. Odds of survival are not high, hence the title.
The difference this time is that the writer and director is James Gunn. Better known now for his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn came up in the ranks of happy schlockmeisters Troma Entertainment, cutting his teeth on low-budget, high-concept, girls ‘n’ gore comedic extravaganzas.
That’s the sensibility he’s bringing to the table here. The Suicide Squad is huge fun, and it’s hugely violent; while you may have your favourites among the impressive cast – Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, newcomer Daniela Melchior, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker, et al. – don’t expect them to make it to the end credits – this Suicide Squad lives up to its name.