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8 movies to watch after The Suicide Squad on Netflix, HBO, and Amazon

James Gunn’s DC Comics sequel The suicide squad opened in theaters and streamed on HBO Max last weekend, and at least according to critics, delivered a sick franchise with a second wind in the form of a solid win. (The box office is another question.) Starring Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian and a host of names, including returning stars Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman, The suicide squad sees a new Task Force X recruited and sent by government agent Amanda Waller to the South American island of Corto Maltese on a perilous mission.

If you ran to the theaters / your couch to see The suicide squad this weekend you might be looking for other movies to keep the gross euphoria going. And we’ve got you covered. From other DCEU installments to adjacent hyper-violent action flicks, here are seven movies to watch next The suicide squad.


Dredd

Karl Urban (Dredd) points his gun in Pete Travis' Dredd (2012)

Photo: Lionsgate

If you like Gareth Evans’ 2011 Idonesian action thriller Lowering and somehow i didn’t see the 2012’s Dredd … well, dang, you are for a big moment. With Karl Urban (The boys) as a gravel-voiced bossy super-cop, the film follows Dredd and his apprentice partner, Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), as they are forced to uphold law and order in a skyscraper -200 story sky trapped in the noose. grip of resident drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Written by brain sci-fi writer-turned-brain sci-fi director Alex Garland (and who Karl Urban thought might have played a bigger role in the previously known production of the film), Dredd is an explosive action experience filled with dazzling slow-motion action sequences and loaded with a biting satirical stream of dark humor.

Dredd is available to stream on Hulu.

The dirty dozen

8 movies to watch after The Suicide Squad on Netflix, HBO, and Amazon

Photo: Warner Home Video

As well as being the main inspiration behind the poster art for Gunn’s The suicide squad, Robert Aldrich’s 1967 war film is considered one of the best of the Men on Mission subgenre. Set during WWII before D-Day, a rebel U.S. Army Major (Lee Marvin) is tasked with training a dozen ruthless murderers sentenced to parachute behind enemy lines and assassinate a group of German targets high priority in a French camp. Chateau. It’s not hard to see the parallels between the film and Gunn’s; which with the two boasting a cast of rascals and sociopaths with an appetite for destruction. The dirty dozen was a huge box office hit and won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing at the 40th Academy Awards, so if you’re hungry for a true classic this one is a sure bet.

The dirty dozen is available to stream on HBO Max.

Losers

Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Columbus Short, Idris Elba and Oscar Jaenada in Losers.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Based on the Vertigo comic book series by Andy Diggle and Mark “Jock” Simpson of the same name, Losers stars The suicide squadIdris Elba, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The walking dead), Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), and others as an elite covert ops team who are left for dead and then mount a campaign to get revenge on their traitorous former managers. Joined by Aisha (Zoe Saldana), a mysterious agent with her own agenda, the group infiltrates deep to strike back at Max (Jason Patric), a ruthless power broker determined to plunge the world into nuclear conflict. There are explosions and shootings and Chris Evans with a silly looking goatee firing guns at potential attackers.

Losers is available to stream on Netflix.

Seven psychopaths

Collin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in Seven Psychopaths (2021).

Photo: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

In Bruges Dark comedy from director Martin McDonagh in 2012 Seven psychopaths stars Colin Farrell as a struggling screenwriter who is forced to flee for his life when his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) inadvertently steals the precious Shih Tzu from a dangerous gangster (Woody Harrelson) with the helps his elderly partner Hans (Christopher Walken) in a thoughtless scam to make money fast. With McDonagh’s quick comedic writing combined with tremendous supporting performances provided by Harrelson, Tom Waits and Harry Dean Stanton, Seven psychopaths is a hilarious and conscious ensemble comedy.

Seven psychopaths is available to stream on Show time.

Ace smoking

Alicia Keys as Georgia Sykes hitman in Smokin 'Aces (2006)

Photo: Universal images

If you’re looking for a bunch of trigger-happy killers who stumble over themselves in a mad rush of gunfire and explosions in order to hit someone’s ticket for a quick payday, the movie Joe Carnahan’s 2006 Action Ace smoking is absolutely in your alley. When the failed magician “Buddy Aces” Israel (Jeremy Piven) chooses to hand over what he knows about the Las Vegas Mafia to the FBI in exchange for protection and mercy, aging Mafia boss Primo Sparazza puts a premium on it. head (and heart) of Israel) to the height of a cool mil. A whole bunch of colorful characters come out of the woods to collect the bounty, including deadly sniper duos, torture experts and neo-Nazi chainsaw psychopaths, and it’s up to FBI Special Agents Richard Messner (Ryan Reynolds) and Donald Carruthers (Ray) Liotta) to make sure Israel makes it out alive.

Smoke aces is available to stream on peacock.

The war of Troma

An old lady fires a giant machine gun in the Troma War

Image: Troma Films

James Gunn got his start in the film world working for director / madman Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Entertainment brand, having written a notable and conscious schlock like the one in 1996. Tromeo and Juliet. As many have noted, the blatant disregard for human life and the joy of seeing bodies explode in The suicide squad seems to be more of a direct nod to Gunn Troma’s career than just about anything in his career so far. So it would be appropriate to go back and watch Kaufman’s professional highlights. The 1988 action movie The war of Troma follows a group of American plane crash survivors as they battle island creatures and anti-American terrorists. It’s absolutely secular – and probably an inspiration for The suicide squad.

The war of Troma is available to stream on Shudder.

To improve

logan marshall-vert in upgrade

Photo: Blumhouse Tilt

Leigh Whannel’s 2018 Action Sci-Fi Thriller To improve stars Logan Marshall-Green (The Invitation) as Gray, a self-proclaimed housewife mechanic and technophobe whose life is turned upside down when he and his wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo) are ambushed by a then elite squad that on the way back. With his wife murdered and his body paralyzed, Gray is offered a second chance at life via an experimental implant called STEM; a versatile AI chip with the power to give him control of his legs. After regaining the power to walk, Gray soon realizes that the flea has a mind of its own and, spurred by her desire for revenge, sets out to hunt down the men who killed his wife with her newfound strength and superhuman abilities. To improve is a hectic and visually abrasive revenge flick with fast-paced action, awe-inspiring cinematography, and beautiful sets.

To improve is available to rent for $ 3.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple, and Seen.

Bonus: birds of prey

Margot Robbie rests her arms on a deli counter and pleads with her breakfast sandwich as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.

Image: Warner Bros.

Harley Quinn’s last big movie release was in 2020, richly titled Birds of Prey (or the Fantabulous Emancipation of a Harley Quinn), which is easy to forget because 2020 was a whole thing. The film follows Harley (Margot Robbie) who, after an acrimonious breakup with the Joker, teams up with overpowered nightclub singer Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), GCPD Detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and vigilante gunman. Elite Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), to save a young pickpocket (Ella Jay Basco) from Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor), an infamous and murderous crime lord known as Black Mask. Despite a disappointing box office return, the Cathy Yan-directed superhero film received critical acclaim from critics when it first hit theaters, including Polygon’s own comic book expert Susana Polo. If you’re looking for more of Harley Quinn after her lead role in The suicide squad, Birds of prey certainly deserves a revisit or a first watch.

Birds of prey is available to stream on HBO Max.

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