Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town that is until a crew of LAPD officers led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) wage war on his empire.
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Gangster Squad is a generic, by the numbers ganster film with nothing to raise it above the level of average. Nothing is terrible in this film, but nothing is great either. The cast is pretty all-star, but none of them give standout performances because the film doesn't really call for it. Sean Penn can be dynamic, but here he overacts as the gangster leader Mickey Cohen under tons of makeup effects. Josh Brolin plays the main character John O'Mara who refuses to let Los Angeles get taken over. He gets asked to put together a team of other cops to take down Mickey "outside of the law". Do whatever it takes. He recruits a ragtag team comprised of Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, and Robert Patrick. What escalates is the same thing as every other gangster film: lots of shooting and people dying in the bloodbaths. None of the characters leave a lasting impression other than Ryan Gosling, who is solid. Emma Stone plays his love interest in a completely forgettable turn. It's not her fault, but she's in the film very little and only serves as eye candy. They don't give her anything to do. The style and look of the film gets it right, but some of it does look a little fake because of too much special effects. Gangster Squad wants to be the next Untouchables, but ends up being a completely disposable copy, although it can be fun to watch at times.
- jlewis07, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
2013, just started out with a Bang. An explosive knockout. It's The Untouchables for the twenty first century. A highly stylized, ultra-cool and wickedly entertaining action-packed crime-drama. It's big, thrilling, funny and tremendously enjoyable from start to finish. A spectacular and hard-edged adrenaline-rush. A vintage, cops vs. criminals movie that delves right in the territory of a barrels blazing instant classic, with a energetic director and a gifted cast, Gangster Squad is definitely on the money and in the action. Director, Ruben Fleischer possibly crafts his masterpiece. A bold, explosive, a well character developed and exhilarating thrill-ride that's packed with non-stop action and awesome performances. The all-star cast all have great chemistry together. Josh Brolin is outstanding. Ryan Gosling is sensational. Sean Penn is magnificent, he is clearly having a great time playing this villain and him and Brolin square off against each other nicely. Emma Stone is terrific. Nick Nolte is wonderful. Brolin, Gosling, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Giovanni Ribisi are all great together and are the team to route for. An excellent movie. I loved it. They don't get any better than this. This is the type of film that the just dont make anymore and is a huge welcome back in a stylish and fun way.
- allan913, Monday, February 25, 2013