The movie is so full of characters to introduce that the plot seems like an afterthought, though what superhero movie is winning an award for best screenplay?

“Suicide Squad” was released amid a great deal of hype, featuring many villains from the DC comics world. The film is a prison movie along the lines of “Gridiron Gang” or “The Shawshank Redemption” with a cast of misfit supervillains ranging from Killer Croc to Captain Boomerang.

While “Suicide Squad” will sate your hunger for the Batman, it isn’t your typical “heroes in action” film. Children are not advised to see this film, not because of too much violence or sex, but instead the serious theme of the film. The movie asks the question that the real world is facing more each day: What is the price of security?

The government, in response to Superman arriving on earth, deems it necessary to create its own super-powered team of fighters. Under a shadowy branch of the military headed by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), the members of “Suicide Squad” are collected from a secret super max prison.

The movie is so full of characters to introduce that the plot seems like an afterthought, though what superhero movie is winning an award for best screenplay?

Will Smith plays a central role with his character Deadshot and finds an uneasy balance between humor and heartache. Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is an inner city Mexican gangbanger with pyrokinetic abilities. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has some of the best scenes in this film partnered with Batman’s greatest villain, The Joker (Jared Leto).

Killer Croc is an amphibious mutant who feeds on raw meat, among other things. Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), having no powers, is primarily comic relief as he throws his razor sharp boomerangs into battle. The list goes on as “Suicide Squad” packs its ensemble with super powered freaks and weirdos.

The soundtrack is a mix between classic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s and brand new hip-hop tracks. Musically confusing with a rushed narrative, the “Suicide Squad” was just that — cinema suicide. I am a big fan of heroes and villains and I would like to see this franchise continue, but it is not likely.

The comic book super-fan will be thrilled to see these B-listers on the big screen, but casual Batman and Superman fans will find themselves scratching their heads wondering who these villains are.

“Suicide Squad” gets 3 and half stars for an exciting cast and plenty of action.

— Chris Conde for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.