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One Kooky Kamikaze Run: A Review of The Suicide Squad

A column header designed for night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews and opinions from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I, “the odd abstract obsessed anti-hero” Jamie Miller and there’s no need to fear, for I am here to save you from boredom by bringing you yet another issue of Nightlight. Now my friends, as you know I am a huge fan of comic books. From “Daredevil” to “Nightwing,” I can’t get enough. However in my opinion one of the more unique comics out there is “The Suicide Squad,” featuring a group of villains who go on suicide missons to earn reduced sentences.

Now, back in 2016, we fans got a movie around this crazed team of criminals’ kamikaze missions. It was a mixed bag, namely due to a certain unnamed crazy wannabe clown ruining the whole movie for me via his behind the scenes behavior. So imagine my absolute joy when I learned that they were making another movie… And what’s more, this weirdo wouldn’t be making an appearance.  Additionally, with James Gunn, who directed the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies directing, my interest was more than peaked. However, I know the question you are all asking. You’re wondering if the movie lived up to my personal hype. Well boys, girls and all others, sit back and crack open a pop, while I, “the thane of the twilight hours” weaves you a yarn of my thoughts on “The Suicide Squad.”

“The Suicide Squad,” which was released on Aug. 6, tells the tale of the titular squad who, in return for time being reduced from their prison sentences, go into the hostile South American island of Corto Maltese. They seek to destroy an old Nazi labatory which holds many secrets lost to time, namely something known as Project Starfish. However, things are never that simple, and the squad’s mission will drag them deep into the pits of depravity. Buried deep in the past are sins so dark and twisted it makes a giant murderous shark look like Superman by comparison.

This time around, the squad includes characters such as the anthropomorphic shark, known simply as King Shark, voiced by the legendary actor Sylvester Stallone, Idris Elba of “Luther” fame in the role of Robert DuBoise, who also goes by the name of Bloodsport, a vicious mercenary with an advanced suit and weapons that only he can use. Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker, who can be best described as Rorschach, meets Captain America and is a brutal pro-government killing machine who is played by pro wrestler John Cena. David Dastmalchian, known for such movies as “The Belko Experiment” and “Prisoners” as Abner Krill, also known as The Polka Dot Man, who as his name suggests can produce and fire destructive polka dot like blasts. Daniela Melchior, as one of my personal favorites, Cleo Cazo, also known as Ratcatcher 2, the daughter of the original who is able to control rats and keeps an incredibly intelligent rat named Sebastian as a pet. Returning from the first movie are Viola Davis in the role of Amanda Waller, a completely immoral and ruthless government agent who oversees the squad’s activities. Joel Kinnaman, known from the “Robocop” remake and “Altered Carbon,” returns as Rick Flag Wallers subordinate and field leader and overseer of the squad. And of course, Margot Robbie known from films such as “The Wolf of Wallstreet” returning to the role of Harley Quinn, Joker’s ex-girlfriend and one of the most constantly entertaining characters. Also along for the ride are Alice Braga of “Queen of the South fame” in the role of Sol Soria, a native of the island and leader of a resistance to the government’s oppressive government regime, as well asPeter Capaldi as Gaius Grieves, aka The Thinker, a deranged and despicable super genius.

The movie was actually pretty good. I mean, it’s no “Spiderman 2” or anything, but it’s still incredibly enjoyable and entertaining. Its lack of Jared Leto also helps. All in all, I give it a solid six and a half torches out of 10. If you are looking for a bloody brilliantly brutal good time… Then look no further.


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