In Review: The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad (2021) is essentially a sequel, by visionary Director James Gunn. However, it would be nothing without starring roles
The Suicide Squad

Synopsis: The Suicide Squad (2021) is essentially a sequel, by visionary Director James Gunn. However, it would be nothing without starring roles. Idris Elba takes the mantle as Bloodsport. We see the much anticipated return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn . . .



The pace is blistering, immediately. For example, we see the remainder of the original film, Suicide Squad (2016) fall into deep trouble, on a mission. Furthermore, it’s that mission that the central plot-line is concerned with. Viola Davis reprises her role as Amanda Waller, and sends the team to destroy evidence of American involvement in a secret project. In some ways, this time we get a similar set up to Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018), reviewed upon release by SciFiPulse. But the live action violence looks very different . . .

Once we’re in the thick of it, there’s some fantastic stuff to see, owing to some very powerful writing. What’s clear is that The Suicide Squad is the product of a clear vision, from James Gunn. This movie has finally done what DC should have from the off, and make notably darker films than those on offer from Disney, through the MCU. Here, we finally see some seriously dark aspects explored.


It’s hard to pick out a best performer, here. John Cena shows that he’s perhaps the best Wrestler turned actor yet, and impresses as Peacemaker. Idris Elba proves why he’s such hot property in Hollywood, as he manages the role of leading actor with absolute ease. And, as well as Margot Robbie again providing fantastic scenes, we see Daniela Melchior and David Dastmalchian truly impress.

CGI & Effects

Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but the bright colors really gave a strong comic-book effect. Also, the fight scenes were absolutely electrifying, particularly the big gun fight between Bloodsport and Peacemaker. Some very creative effects and choreography on offer.


A really solid movie, generally. The run time was quite long, but the well-considered pacing meant that things didn’t seem to get dragged on. In fact, there was almost no “fat” on the film. Everything that needed to be was covered and by the looks of things we might get more of a direct sequel to this film. Consequently, if that’s the case, then James Gunn is definitely the right person for the job. He proved that with this offering, a fun, dark and at times brutally violent anti-hero caper. The formula worked truly wonderfully.


Watch out this August for a Suicide Squad related poem from May The Verse Be With You, a regular weekly fun feature exclusive to SciFiPulse.

In Review: The Suicide Squad
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One Comment
  • Dominic Walsh
    5 August 2021 at 9:13 pm -

    John Cena got all the good lines #YouCantSeeMe

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