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Gangster Squad

A Film directed by Ruben Fleischer

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"Yo boss, these stiffs didn't even have much of a heart in 'em!"

  • Jan 13, 2013
Gangster Squad is just the kind of movie you need every once in a while.  A true turn you're brain off experience.  It won't insult you're intelligence and it won't insult you with being really stupid either.  It's just fun.  You can call the twists before they happen, the double cross as it's happening and the way things will work out.  The guy who couldn't shoot straight will when it counts and you guessed it, throw in some pathos and a pat ending.

The story, is nothing special.  1949's LA Gangster world is getting too big and Mickey Cohen, a former boxer turned mob head is untouchable, no matter how many times Officer John O' Mara knocks on his door to bust a brothel or even a casino.  O' Mara has had enough and the Chief of police gives him the go ahead to have an off the books team of cops who will wage they're own war on crime.  Putting together a team of lowly cops who couldn't possibly be on the payroll with Mickey, John goes after Mickey but also learns that he may win the war on crime but he could lose a battle with his pregnant wife who is sick of his long hours and violent professional life.

The star power on display here though is strong.  Josh Brolin heads up the LA cops turned squad of gangster killers and even king of liberal puke actors Sean Penn is cool as the head Mobster who is looking to take over the gambling ring on the west coast.  Nick Nolte shows up with his increased girth and increased rasp in his voice as the Cheif of Police who okays Brolin's team (maybe he thought he was making Mulholland Falls 2) and hell Emma Stone looks great in her club dress and has a role as Penns main girl who is sleeping with Ryan Gosslings character. 

Gangster Squad is fun enough for people wanting a gangster piece without the politics of shows like Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire.  It's guys with guns in costumes and cool backgrounds.  I should rate it lower but I did have fun watching it and I've seen worse movies.

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January 17, 2013
Bummer. Reviews on this one were not that great. Too bad. I'm a fan of vintage gangster dramas.
January 17, 2013
I was quite disappointed with this one. I guess it was because I was expecting more and I became unhappy with the script. A handsome film for sure and built for showmanship.
January 17, 2013
Good talent takes away a lot of the mediocrity. Josh Brolin and I must admit Sean Penn carry a lot in this.
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review by . January 12, 2013
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In light of the Colorado theater shootings last year, director Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” was delayed for almost 5 months with its release. This was because the filmmakers wanted time to remove a similar scene in the film which at this moment some may deem tasteless. I guess this would not be an excuse as to why the film felt like this generation’s “The Untouchables” meeting “Dick Tracy” with some inspiration taken from the fantastic “L.A. …
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