I think these are in order. I'm excited I've been meaning to watch so many of these movies. The only…
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…
Inspirada en un libro hecho a partir de artículos que a su vez toman como partida la historia real de la unidad creada dentro de la polícía de Los Angeles para evitar que alguien tomara el lugar del capo Mickey Cohen, una vez fue enviado a Alcatraz por evasión de impuestos.
El guión se toma libertades y licencias poéticas bien amplias (en la película la unidad especial va precisamente tras Cohen) con el sólo objetivo, así lo percibí yo, del lucimiento de los actores y el director. Fleischer no busca ningún tipo de realismo, irónicamente aunque esta inspirada por hechos reales, ninguno de los personajes termina por ser suficientemente verosímil. En cambio tenemos una versión hiperrealista de una historia de…
This is an outstanding film. One of on the best gang movie of the year. Acting in this movie is excellent! Couldn't ask for good acting.
My review -- this crime/drama/action/biography -- inspired by true events is now on DVD and yes this project has a solid profit margin of roughly $45 million. The basic storyline is as follows, the plot takes place to the backdrop of Los Angeles [USA] in the year of 1949, where there is this incredibly dangerous and influential Crime Lord trying to expand his empire. But however someone comes up with the idea of creating this unit that have no official ties to any governing body to take down this evil individual, by slowly dismantling his operations and so on and so forth.
Now I have to confess straight from the very beginning of this review I am struggling to like…
Every few minutes there's a scene where you're like, yeah, this could be an interesti...nyaaa, this is all beyond stupid.
Who would've thought that the director of "Zombieland" & "30 Minutes or Less" can branch out and do a straightforward crime drama? Sean Penn's electrifying turn as gangster Mickey Cohen adds a new kind of energy to the film while the squad themselves (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena & Robert Patrick) have a great comradeship together. While the ending could've used a little more and Emma Stone's role could've been utilized a little more, these are just minor gripes as this is an entertaining & explosive look back at gangland America in the 1940s.
This was The Untouchable, only I found it better. It was a little boring in that if you have seen The Untouchables you know all the beats. Even the one that is killed you see coming a mile away. I enjoyed it but found the fist fight a little hokie. The characters were amazing to me and I enjoyed every performance. Just a little redone.
Sin City's lamer cousin. Awesome cast working with a terrible script.
A good righteous action film. Morality is out the window, it's good guys versus bad guys.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…
All from what I can remember.