A superhero film from the house of DC has shot up almost to the top of the Netflix UK top ten films chart. This time it is a violently anarchic gem.
The Suicide Squad, directed and written by James Gunn, has burst onto the scene, securing the coveted second spot on the list. The timing of this surge might have something to do with the fact that Halloween was just around the corner.
Gunn, who has also been responsible for MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, brought his unique storytelling skills to The Suicide Squad, resulting in an experience that leans into the source material.
When asked about how he handled the two franchises differently, Gunn told Collider how he had a more mature audience in mind with the DC film, “With Suicide Squad, I’m speaking to an older audience. Instantly, the language you’re speaking is different. It’s almost like, when you’re talking to a great group of kids and old people, you don’t say, ‘Fuck.’ But when I come to you, and you and I are hanging out, I’m not gonna notice that I’m saying it. The Suicide Squad is that – we don’t hold back in that way. It’s two adults talking to each other, so that is very different.”
With a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, Peter Capaldi as Gaius Grieves, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the film is a powerhouse of talent.
What is The Suicide Squad about?
The story revolves around a group of supervillains who are recruited by the government to take on a deadly mission on the South American island of Corto Maltese. Tasked with infiltrating the heavily armed and heavily guarded enemy territory, the squad, aptly named ‘Task Force X’, must destroy a mysterious laboratory conducting gruesome experiments. Gunn’s unique brand of dark humour and penchant for intense action sequences create a rollercoaster of emotions as the characters go on a journey where survival is anything but guaranteed.
The Suicide Squad became the most-streamed DCEU film on HBO Max. The initial reception of the film was met with positive reviews even though the COVID-19 pandemic impacted its box office collections. Audiences and critics alike praised the film for its irreverent take on the superhero genre, bold character development, and a memorable performance by the entire cast.
You can tune into The Suicide Squad on Netflix and check out the trailer here: