The Suicide Squad [2021] ★★★½

The new “Suicide Squad” is a phenomenal action movie that gets almost everything right. It’s fast-paced, constantly exciting, and has enough action sequences for two movies. But none of this would have happened without a visionary director like James Gunn, who truly knocks it out of the park. His film bears little resemblance to the 2016 version, and that’s probably for the best. The only remaining character is, of course, Harley Quinn, and she is joined by a very impressive array of colorful characters, including Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena) and colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). The movie cuts right to the chase by throwing all these characters on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese for a deadly mission. Let the games begin. By staging some pulse-pounding action scenes, James Gunn delivers the most enjoyable action movies of the year so far. Best of all, every character gets the chance to shine in a movie that clocks in at 132 minutes but never feels long (in fact, I wanted more). Will there be a sequel? I sure hope so, because I loved every minute of this crazy rollercoaster ride.

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