REVIEW: Hyper-Violent & Bloody ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie Sequel Is For Hardcore Fans Only
SALT LAKE CITY — Five years ago, a comic book movie based on a team of supervillains sent by the government to battle an even worse enemy earned nearly $750 million at the box office. This despite being panned by critics (though I personally didn’t hate it) and the director arguing that it wasn’t the version of the movie he wanted to make.
Now, even as fans ask for a director’s cut of that 2016 film, DC Comics and Warner Brothers have decided to give “Suicide Squad” a reboot. This time they brought in a highly successful Marvel movie director (James Gunn of “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame) and he was given almost carte-blanche to do what he wanted, apparently with no restraint.
In Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” government agent Amanda Waller (played again by Viola Davis) needs another team of convicts from the fictional Belle Reve prison to go into a jungle country on a search-and-destroy mission. Bloodsport (played by Idris Elba) is asked to lead the team, which includes characters with names like Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, T.D.K., Weasel, Polka Dot Man, Peacemaker and likely the only name you might recognize: Harley Quinn (played again by Margot Robbie).
Honestly, there wasn’t much that I enjoyed about “The Suicide Squad.” I expected it to be violent based on its R-rating, but I was surprised just HOW violent and gory it got.
Some individual characters had funny moments, but too many of them were in the trailer.
There were visually impressive moments and artistic cinematic touches, but for me, it wasn’t enough to balance out the over-the-top violence, gore, and lack of connection to most of the characters.
I have no doubt there will be people who like this movie, but I can’t personally recommend this to anyone outside of the most hardcore comic book fans.
Interested in this movie? Watch the video at the top of the page for my full, in-depth review & final rating.
Hopefully you & your family found this review helpful! Andy Farnsworth is the movie and pop culture guy for the KSL 5 Today morning news show and also hosts the Fan Effect podcast for KSL NewsRadio. Check out some of his other in-depth reviews of movies and streaming TV series on KSLTV.com.
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