Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits the worst villains from the maximum security prison to fight the enemies of US democracy. The prisoners are given a release promise and an explosive implant in the neck in case they try to desert. Such are the rules in James Gunn’s DC comic adaptation “The Suicide Squad”, which otherwise doesn’t care much about conventions.
For the competing Marvel corporation, Gunn had already given the superhero film a heavy dose of anarchist charm in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). Warner Studios let the eccentric director off the leash in “The Suicide Squad”. The result is a virtuoso, but also violent comic book adaptation. Like the young Tarantino once, Gunn also uses blood and slaughter in excessive form as design material, which he applies as wildly as Jackson Pollock once did with oil paint on canvas.
The excessive violence contrasts with an equally excessive love for the characters. The outsiders, from the hit man Bloodsport (Idris Elba) to the terribly crazy Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) remain unpredictable.
If they are to eliminate an anti-American regime on a South American island on behalf of the US government, the outcome of this Bay of Pigs mission is more than uncertain. The director meets the overused superhero genre with pleasant irony.
“The Suicide Squad”, Director: James Gunn, with Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, 132 minutes, FSK 16.