The movie “Suicide Squad” released in 2016 was a bad movie, rated 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. The new version, “The Suicide Squad” is getting 92% on Rotten Tomatoes this time around. Considering that the idea of both movies is the same, “over the top, weird insane action and special effects with no real story”, I am having a hard time understanding the huge difference in the critical opinions with this new film.
This sequel does in fact have better special effects and stranger characters, including a man-shark creature called “King Shark” played by Sylvester Stallone. A man who can shoot pokadots at people to kill them and who also really hates his mother. A giant star fish who can control the minds of other people by attaching other small star fish to the faces of other people. The character played by Idris Alba has a mask that looks like the lizard-like creature in the Alien movies. All of this is original, crazy, never seen before insane action, with no real story.
The character of Harley Quinn played by Margo Robbie (the only character to return from the first movie) has a much smaller role in this version, but with her same over the top karate scenes where she is attacked by many people at the same time and managers to easily defeat them all.
Even considering the greatly increased budget for special effects, it is very hard to understand the huge increase in critical opinions for this new version. Once again, there is no story here and while the special effects are impressive, this is not enough to save this film.
My rating for this movie is more in the 65% rating, mostly for the special effects – with a marginal recommendation for only the most rabid Marvel Comic fans.