Movies based on books, short stories, novels & novellas, poems, etc.
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.
"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…
more like gangster SNORE
If the big draw was Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, moviegoers were undoubtedly upset at the gross miscasting of this tepid gangster flick. The ONLY person I genuinely enjoyed watching was Josh Brolin. Admittedly, I always love to hate Sean Penn.
Quality actors, great camerawork
Action Movie with nice customes and pretty good humor
The film has great style, flair in the costume, set and camera departments. Unfortunately there is very little to commend in the story and character development areas. It is as simple as it gets. A ruthless gangster, Mickey Cohen (who was actually a more subtle character in real life) increases drugs and violence in the city of angels. A squad is formed by a police chief seeking officers that haven't been bought by Cohen's thugs. They work unofficially to break up the gangster's connections and money inflow.
Penn injects some interest into the film by overdoing his ludicrous villainous role. I think that the biggest mistake was to claim that it was based on real life events, because very little…
Hyped up nonsense
Gangsters + guns + vintage cars + epic storyline + emma stone = dream come true.....
Poorly edited, convoluted, and sloppy. I wanted to like this film but it turned out to be a major let down. Icing on the cake is Sean Pen screaming "here comes Santa" while firing a machine gun.
what's the point of this???? lol
As the film vs digital debate continues to rage, I remain firmly planted on the film side. However, there are…
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