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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.
"5 stars?" You probably cry?
"But what about all these terrible reviews I've been reading?, surely you have made some mistake Daryl?"
Well, I haven't.
I had hoped that Gangster Squad would present The Untouchables in the style of Robert Rodriguez. What I just watched was The Untouchables: The Graphic Novel. Violence is turned all the way up, the 1940's-ness is turned up, the style, dialogue, look and feel, are all turned all the way up. And it is brilliant to watch.
Sean Penn out Capone's De Niro. His character is genuinely frightening. He has been given, and delivers some absolutely brilliant bad guy dialogue. Every Yang needs a Yin, and Penn's is Josh Brolan. Is he the new Stallone?…
Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad is a pulpy gangster movie about a secret police unit who attempt to clean up the streets of 1940s Los Angeles as they wage war against mob boss, Mickey Cohen. If the plot sounds vaguely familiar it is because it bears a striking resemblance to The Untouchables, however this newer effort makes Brian De Palma’s film look positively restrained in comparison.
Although this is inspired by a true story the film doesn’t concern itself with facts or delivering an intelligent story with credible characters. Instead this is a glitzy yet superficial action film that wallows in its glamorous Hollywood setting and vulgar use of violence. Whilst it aims for a comic book tone where the heroes…
Los Angeles, 1950s: Mickey Cohen rules the world. Drugs, guns, women—you name it, he's got it. A group of police officers band together to root out the corruption which threatens to take over the city when the void of his jail sentence creates a power vacuum—
Cut! Mickey Cohen doesn't go to jail in this picture. What're you reading there? That's the synopsis for L.A. Confidential! You're reading for the wrong movie!
Oh, wow, sorry about that. Let me try again:
When an unlikely group of violent men join forces for a special job, everything goes smoothly until the cops show up and the boys suspect they've been betrayed. When one of their men gets shot, what was supposed to…
If you ever need to explain what Pulp is, point people towards Gangster Squad. It is a prime example of a blueprint plot, filled with cardboard cut-outs and no real people. If you have seen at least one action film in your life, you'll know who is going to die when, what their last words will be and how the finale will play out. Everything is telegraphed so clearly, it'll make you feel like a psychic.
The first act gave me hope as it seemed to embrace and be fully aware of its hyper stylized silliness. Had it been able to maintain this, I'd probably have liked it a whole lot more, but it unfortunately doesn't. What it does do…
Vibrant, silly, fun, and wonderfully cliche; Gangster Squad is a neo-noir loaded with tommy guns, wisecracks up the yin-yang, and a dame to kill for.
What else could you want? This is badass film-making at its most overblown and messy. I loved it.
HEY! HEY, FLEISCHER! YOU FORGOT THE SUBSTANCE!! Oh, and the character development. I bet you left them on the counter. Maybe you should have turned around and gone back for them before finishing this film.
Seriously though, there's plenty of stuff to like here: the style, violence, and cast are all excellent, but it's all held back by a sub-par plot and weak character development. All of the performances are good, but we don't get to know much about these characters at all so they're just there to fill the space. It's all rather disappointing since I had high hopes for this film.
If you don't need character development, you may enjoy this film more than I did, but the…
I watch this once a year. Once every November. It's an odd tradition - don't ask me how or why not t started, it just did. I've grown to really enjoy this film dispite all its flaws.
Rotten Tomatoes summed "Gangster Squad" up pretty well. It's got lackluster writing (by lackluster I mean unimaginative, inventive or clever from dialogue to story) and it's also got underdeveloped characters (NOBODY was more then their caricature. The damsel. The villainous mob man. The charmer. The western gunslinger. The Mexican. The hard detective. You get the idea)...
What "Gangster Squad" also has is a lotta style (similar to gorgious 2013 period piece "The Great Gatsby"). It's hard to look away from the screen because…
In the city of angels can you destroy evil??
A group of men go after gangster Mickey Cohen.
I thought it was OK but it seemed a bit too predictable in my eyes. I would've given it a higher rating but with the excellent acting it deserved a 1.
In an attempt to stop mobster Mickey Cohen from securing his clutch on 1949 Los Angeles, a secret team of tough cops is assembled to disrupt his criminal activities at any cost. Inspired by Paul Lieberman's account of actual events, "Gangster Squad" dumps realism and opts for a cartoonish approach instead, which nearly makes it that film version of "Dick Tracy" we never got from Warren Beatty: a stylized, violent and ideologically unsubtle hard-boiled actioner. Lavishly produced and spectacularly photographed by Dion Beebe, the film nevertheless offers its superb cast characters that are not fleshed out enough to make the dialogue sound as crackling as it could have been - although Stone manages to insufflate some real life into her gangster babe.
Well, that was boring.
A very forgettable film especially for Ryan Gosling
i like the cast a lot, they all did a great job in my opinion, but as many people have already mentioned: the story is nothing new, like, at all. nothing comes as a suprise in this and after having seen this i had the feeling that i had seen it already- just this time it had a cast made up of my favourite actors.
The plus side: Emma Stone had a gorgeous wardrobe, and she and Ryan Gosling had one scene that replicated their chemistry from Crazy Stupid Love. Oh, and Sean Penn was suitably unhinged. The downside: Everything else.
A fun shoot-em up popcorn film with stand out performances from Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn.
Capitalism is fuckin WILD, you guys.
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