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Gangster Squad 2013

  • Ruben Fleischer
  • January 11, 2013
  • 113 mins
  • English
  • Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
No Names. No Badges. No Mercy.
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop… except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.


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Beautiful and brutal in equal amounts.

Dion Beebe's photography was stunning with gorgeous attention to the use of colour. Kudos should also to John Buckley for lighting everything so skillfully. It made a great change for a director to show everything in sharp focus and giving the camera time to drink in the scenes.

While some of the main players may not have been fully utilized or fleshed out there is not one lackluster performance.

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Somehow I just couldnt get into this movie. It was not my cup of tea. Disappointing

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Gangster Squad was a nice romp back to the days where detectives said funny lines, smoked indoors and held tommy guns. Here is a film that looks slick with a nice polish, a great ensemble cast and a story that has enough meat to it for us to chew on. Yet, people seem to be hating on it. Did they all expect another Untouchables? Sure, Gangster Squad has moments where the inspirations from past films peep through, but not once did this film try to be more than the sum of its means. Gangster Squad is a fun film, has thrilling moments and will entertain you.

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