Gangster Squad (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Gangster Squad (2013)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 72,949 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 11 January 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Filming Location: Bellflower, California, USA
  • Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $45,996,718 (USA) (29 March 2013)
  • Director: Ruben Fleischer
  • Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Steve Jablonsky   
  • Soundtrack: Bless You (For The Good That's In You)
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Judge | Murder | Tommy Gun | Drill In The Head | Two Word Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Will Beall (written by)
  • Paul Lieberman (book "Gangster Squad")

Known Trivia

  • Jamie Foxx was considered for the role of Coleman Harris.
  • Ashley Greene, Teresa Palmer, Camilla Belle, Aly Michalka, Lily Collins, Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried and Maggie Grace auditioned for the role of Grace Faraday.
  • Bryan Cranston was cast as Max Kennard but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his other movie, Argo.
  • Amy Adams and Kate Winslet were considered to play Connie O’Mara.
  • Adam Brody, Joel Edgerton, Luke Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were on the short list for the part of Sgt. Jerry Wooters but Ryan Gosling was cast.
  • The original trailer for this movie was pulled after the Aurora, Colorado Century 16 massacre due to a shot in which four gangsters fire machine guns through a projection screen into a crowded movie theater. Warner Bros. then ordered the film back into production for a reshoot of the scene, necessitating a rescheduling of the film’s release and rewrite of the script.
  • The film was originally slated for an early September, 2012 release date but ended up getting bumped until January of 2013 so some additional scenes could be filmed.
  • Ryan Gosling’s character makes a joke where he pretends that the only famous Mickey he has heard of is Mickey Mouse. As a child, Ryan Gosling starred in The All New Mickey Mouse Club.
  • The Garden of Allah Hotel and Villas existed in real life. It was located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard.
  • Sean Penn went through 3 hours of makeup each morning.

Goofs: Factual errors: The film gives the impression that the Gangster Squad were responsible for Mickey Cohen's arrest. In reality, Cohen was arrested in 1950 for the more mundane crime of tax evasion. He was also not sent to Alcatraz until 1961, over a decade after the film's time frame.

Plot: Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city. Full summary »  »

Story: It’s 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Seargant John O’Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O’Mara to lead the unit. O’Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen’s people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen’s organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it’s the cops. Written

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Produced By:

  • Bruce Berman known as executive producer
  • Ruben Fleischer known as executive producer
  • Dan Lin known as producer
  • Kevin McCormick known as producer
  • Jon Silk known as co-producer
  • Michael Tadross known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Sean Penn known as Mickey Cohen
  • Holt McCallany known as Karl Lockwood
  • Wade Williams known as Rourke
  • James Landry Hébert known as Mitch Racine (as James Hébert)
  • Ambyr Childers known as Milk Skinned Blonde
  • Josh Brolin known as Sgt. John O'Mara
  • Mick Betancourt known as Detective Sgt. Will Hendricks
  • Mac Brandt known as Bruiser
  • Brandon Molale known as Jimmy 'Bockscar' Knox
  • Michael Papajohn known as Mike 'The Flea'
  • Jeff Wolfe known as Giovanni Vacarezza
  • Anthony Molinari known as Lorenzo Molinari
  • Austin Highsmith known as Patty
  • Ryan Gosling known as Sgt. Jerry Wooters
  • Neil Koppel known as Max Solomon
  • Jack McGee known as Lt. Quincannon
  • Mireille Enos known as Connie O'Mara
  • Evan Jones known as Neddy Herbert
  • James Carpinello known as Johnny Stomp
  • Troy Garity known as Wrevock
  • Austin Abrams known as Pete
  • Lucy Davenport known as Slapsy Maxie's Singer
  • Sullivan Stapleton known as Jack Whalen
  • John Aylward known as Judge Carter
  • Dennis Cockrum known as Elmer Jackson
  • Jack Conley known as Sheriff Biscailuz
  • Emma Stone known as Grace Faraday
  • Riel Paley known as City Hall Reporter
  • Michael C. Mahon known as City Hall Reporter
  • David Fleischer known as City Hall Reporter
  • Nick Nolte known as Chief Parker
  • Josh Pence known as Officer Darryl Gates
  • Anthony Mackie known as Officer Coleman Harris
  • De'aundre Bonds known as Duke Del-Red
  • Robert Patrick known as Officer Max Kennard
  • Michael Peña known as Officer Navidad Ramirez
  • Giovanni Ribisi known as Officer Conwell Keeler
  • Maxwell Perry Cotton known as Keeler's Son
  • Haley Strode known as Keeler's Wife
  • Scott Beehner known as Club Figaro Reporter
  • Matt Knudsen known as Club Figaro Reporter
  • Lucas Fleischer known as Club Figaro Reporter
  • Jon Polito known as Dragna
  • Lance Barber known as Comanche
  • Michael Bacall known as Comanche
  • Dale Gibson known as Burbank Cop
  • Rick Marcus known as Burbank Cop
  • Mickey Giacomazzi known as Hatchetman
  • Cazimir Milostan known as Desk Officer
  • Darrell Davis known as Officer Wyler
  • Don Harvey known as Officer Funston
  • Anthony De Longis known as Burbank Jail Thug
  • Michael Owen known as Burbank Jail Thug
  • Tom Hallick known as El Dorado Investor
  • Esther Scott known as Letty
  • Jonny Coyne known as Grimes
  • Christopher Doyle known as Edgar Beaumont
  • Max Daniels known as Jeffrey Clark
  • Danny Wynands known as Grenade Goon
  • Derek Mears known as Bridge Goon
  • Yvette Tucker known as Carmen Miranda
  • Derek Graf known as El Dorado Guard
  • Anne Leighton known as Crying Woman
  • Ken Edling known as Detective
  • Hilary Fleming known as Dancer
  • Debby Gerber known as Plaza Runner
  • Tina Mayer known as Dancer
  • Marcy McCusker known as Dancer
  • Chris Moss known as Dancer
  • Kevin James Sporman known as Dancer
  • Forrest Walsh known as Dancer
  • Kevin Young known as Burn Victim
  • Christopher Aber known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Pamela Adamic known as Drugged-Out Girl (uncredited)
  • Michael Arturo known as Dealer (uncredited)
  • Kojo Asiedu known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Robert T. Barrett known as LAPD Cop (uncredited)
  • Bob Bouchard known as Movie Patron (uncredited)
  • Greg Cannone known as Slapsy Maxie's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Pamela Cedar known as Gambler (uncredited)
  • Michael Copeland known as Water pitcher waiter (uncredited)
  • Clint Corley known as Man at Union Station (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Daniels known as Club Alabam Dancer (uncredited)
  • Eddie Davenport known as Goon Gunman (uncredited)
  • Seth Di Marco known as Goon (uncredited)
  • Isabel Dresden known as Hedy Lamarr (uncredited)
  • Chelsea Edmundson known as Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
  • Gray Ellis known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Monifa Ellis known as Club Alabam Dancer (uncredited)
  • Sommer Fehmel known as Slapsy Maxie's Guest (uncredited)
  • Leni Ford known as Rich Widow (uncredited)
  • Freedom known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Kristin Gagliardi known as Slapsy Maxie's Patron (uncredited)
  • Gill Garci known as Slapsy Maxie's Doorman (uncredited)
  • Tanner Gill known as Hookey Rothman (uncredited)
  • Nick Gligor known as Slapsy Maxie's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Louise Griffiths known as Screaming Woman (uncredited)
  • Frank Grillo known as Russo (uncredited)
  • Marie Grujicic-Delage known as Fluzzy (uncredited)
  • Rebecca Hancock known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Karen Harper known as Dickens Caroler (uncredited)
  • Steve Hernandez known as Carmen Miranda Drummer (uncredited)
  • Victor Holstein known as Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
  • Rebecca Honett known as Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
  • Courtney Howard known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Howell known as Lady of the Night (uncredited)
  • Valerie Humbard known as Slapsy Maxie's Patron (uncredited)
  • WBBrown II known as LAPD (uncredited)
  • Chris Jackson known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Pat Jankiewicz known as Nico (uncredited)
  • Faye Kelly known as Business Woman (uncredited)
  • Kristen Marie Kelly known as Girl at Nightclub (uncredited)
  • Jess King known as Thug (uncredited)
  • John William King known as Casino Cowboy (uncredited)
  • Marlene Manes known as Gangster Girl (uncredited)
  • Nancy McCrumb known as Betty Page (uncredited)
  • Mason McCulley known as Dickens Caroler (uncredited)
  • Michael Lee Merrins known as #1 Uniformed Officer (uncredited)
  • Daniel Muller known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Kat Munday known as Drugged Out Girl #2 (uncredited) (as Katrina Munday)
  • Jim J. Mundy known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Stephane Nicoli known as LAPD Officer (uncredited)
  • Michael Ouellette known as Detective (uncredited)
  • Veronica Parks known as Christmas Lady (uncredited)
  • Erin Pickett known as Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
  • Geoff Pilkington known as Angry Guy in Park (uncredited)
  • Josh Polizzi known as Slapsy Maxie's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Carolina Provvido known as Drugged-Out Girl (uncredited)
  • Ron Pucillo known as Waiter #4 (uncredited)
  • Dani Renee known as Young Mother (uncredited)
  • Kara C. Roberts known as Slaspy Maxie (uncredited)
  • Bradley Sackin known as Slapsy Maxie's Motorist (uncredited)
  • Tony Sagastizado I known as Pilgrim (uncredited)
  • Gregg Sargeant known as Gunman 2 (uncredited)
  • Meg Schaab known as O'Malley Sister (uncredited)
  • Tyler Wilson Schnabel known as Usher (uncredited)
  • Frank Scozzari known as Mickey's Thug #1 (uncredited)
  • Robert Sisko known as Slapsy Maxie's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Lauren K. Solomon known as Casino Maid Marion (uncredited)
  • Scott St. Blaze known as Slapsy Maxie's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Kate Stewart known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Nevan Stewart known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Erica Stikeleather known as Beautiful Woman (uncredited)
  • Tom Strahle known as Slapsy Maxies Guitarist (uncredited)
  • Sophia Strauss known as Little Girl (uncredited)
  • Stephen Tako known as Money-Handler (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Thompson known as Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
  • Christopher Tisa known as Valet (uncredited)
  • John H. Tobin known as Actor (uncredited)
  • Chris Toma known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Alexis Toone known as Tart (uncredited)
  • Amber Sharae Topsy known as Sexy Woman (uncredited)
  • Holly Traister known as Slapsy Maxie Patron (uncredited)
  • Aura Trentin known as Slapsy Maxie's Gangster Wife (uncredited)
  • Paul Walling known as Casino Cowboy (uncredited)
  • Melissa Anne Young known as Beautiful Woman (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Diana Acrey known as hair stylist
  • Argo known as hair stylist
  • Enid Arias known as hair stylist
  • Myriam Arougheti known as makeup artist
  • Pierce Austin known as hair stylist: Anthony Mackie
  • Cary Ayers known as special makeup effects crew: Tinsley Studio
  • Sheryl Blum known as hair stylist
  • Kimberly Carlson known as hair stylist
  • Roxy D'Alonzo known as makeup artist
  • Cheryl Eckert known as hair stylist
  • JoAnn Gerard known as hair stylist
  • Kelly Golden known as sculptor/painter
  • Roxane Griffin known as key hair stylist
  • Robin Myriah Hatcher known as special makeup effects production coordinator
  • Camille Henderson known as makeup artist
  • Loretta James-Demasi known as makeup artist
  • Rolf John Keppler known as key makeup artist
  • Brian Kinney known as makeup artist
  • Yuko T. Koach known as hair stylist
  • Maynard Matthews known as hair stylist
  • Elizabeth Mbousia known as makeup artist
  • Lydia Milars known as makeup artist
  • Bart Mixon known as makeup artist
  • Rhonda O'Neal known as hair stylist
  • Lygia Orta known as makeup artist
  • Michele Payne known as hair stylist
  • Sacha Quarles known as personal hair stylist: Josh Brolin
  • Gerald Quist known as makeup artist: Sean Penn
  • Barry Rosenberg known as barber
  • Yoichi Art Sakamoto known as prosthetic dental appliances: Emma Stone
  • Kim Santantonio known as hair stylist: Sean Penn
  • Kimberley Spiteri known as department head hair stylist: second unit
  • Christien Tinsley known as makeup department head
  • Christien Tinsley known as special makeup effects designer and creator
  • Lynn Tully known as makeup artist
  • Jill Warner known as special makeup effects staff: Tinsley Studio
  • Nacoma Whobrey known as makeup artist
  • Hiroshi Yada known as special makeup effects crew: Tinsley studio

Art Department:

  • Stephanie Allen known as set dresser
  • Jory Alvarado known as set dressing gang boss/drapery foreman
  • Bryan Belair known as construction coordinator
  • Amanda Bromberg known as set decoration buyer: additional photography
  • Brett Chapman known as props
  • Katie Childs known as set decoration coordinator
  • Jen R. Clark known as sign painter
  • Chad R. Davis known as on-set dresser
  • Marc Martin Del Campo known as set dresser
  • Guillaume DeLouche known as second unit property master/armorer
  • Timothy Feimster known as set dresser
  • Bradd Fillmann known as props
  • China Fox known as assistant property master (as China Iwata)
  • Douglas Fox known as property master
  • Megan Gagnon known as props production assistant
  • James Hardy known as set dresser
  • Michael Hersey known as set dresser
  • Carol Kiefer known as art department coordinator
  • Tammy S. Lee known as set designer
  • Geoffrey Mandel known as graphic designer
  • Florencia Martin known as set decoration buyer
  • Karl J. Martin known as set designer
  • Joe Mason known as art department assistant
  • Jason McDonough known as set dresser
  • David J. Negron Jr. known as storyboard artist (reshoots)
  • Roderick Nunnally known as paint supervisor
  • Jesse Oliver known as set dresser
  • Jason Perrine known as graphic designer
  • Aaron G. Rodriguez known as stand-by painter
  • Lee Ross known as camera scenic
  • Grant Samson known as leadman
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • William Thoms known as propmaker
  • Michael Timman known as set dresser
  • Joshua Towers known as set dresser
  • Taylor Vaughan known as props
  • Zoey Wang known as art department assistant
  • Kevan Weber known as set dresser
  • Francesco Corvino known as concept artist and matte painter (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Langley Park Productions
  • Lin Pictures
  • Village Roadshow Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and publicity
  • A-List Picture Vehicles  vintage cars rental provider
  • Audio Head Post  post-production sound services (ADR)
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Casting Associates  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chef Robért Catering  re-shoots
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Ignition Print  poster design (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Mr. Vintage Machine  picture vehicles (vintage cars)
  • Scarlet Letters  end crawl
  • Siam Costumes International  costumer
  • TM Motion Picture Equipment  grip and lighting equipment
  • Varèse Sarabande  score album
  • WaterTower Music  soundtrack


  • Cinematográfica Blancica (CB) (2013) (Venezuela) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2013) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2013) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • SF Film Finland (2013) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2013) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2013) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2013) (Argentina) (video) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2013) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2013) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Christov Effects and Design
  • Crazy Horse Effects
  • Furious FX (visual effects)
  • Gentle Giant Studios (3-D set scanning)
  • Shade VFX (visual effects)
  • Tinsley Studio (prosthetic makeup effects)
  • Zoic Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Jordan Alphonso known as digital compositor
  • Ryan Andersen known as visual effects editorial coordinator: Shade vfx
  • Ethan Ayer known as matte painter
  • Jeffrey Edward Baksinski known as digital effects supervisor
  • Christopher Blazick known as visual effects artist
  • Rob Blue known as visual effects artist: Hammerhead
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
  • Joey Bonander known as vfx producer: Zoic Studios
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
  • Daniel Briney known as digital compositor
  • Zack Broussard known as visual effects artist
  • Timothy Michael Cairns known as senior compositor: Zoic
  • Ben Conrad known as visual effects: title sequence
  • Robert Cribbett known as compositor: Hammerhead Productions
  • Erin M. Cullen known as roto artist: Furious FX
  • Samuel M. Dabbs known as digital compositor
  • Rif Dagher known as CG supervisor: Pixelmagic
  • Victor DiMichina known as production supervisor: Pixel Magic
  • Scott Dougherty known as visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
  • Brady Doyle known as digital compositor: Hammerhead Prods.
  • Jon Doyle known as digital compositor: Hammerhead
  • Jacob Eaton known as visual effects coordinator
  • Harry Eisenstein known as compositor
  • Gizem Ersavas known as digital matte painter: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Adam Folse known as visual effects artist
  • Bryan Godwin known as visual effects supervisor: Shade VFX
  • Guenever Goik known as compositor
  • Brandon Gonzales known as concept artist: Hammerhead
  • Brandon Gonzales known as matte painter: Hammerhead
  • Christina Graff known as visual effects producer: CHE
  • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: CHE
  • Patrick Hernandez known as visual effects assistant coordinator
  • David Hochstadter known as digital compositor: Christov FX
  • Paul Hopkins known as on set data integration
  • Lubo Hristov known as visual effects supervisor: Christov Effects
  • Neviana Hristov known as visual effects producer: Christov Effects
  • Venti Hristova known as compositor: Christov FX
  • Les Hunter known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead Productions
  • Travis Wade Ivy known as compositor
  • Hetal Jain known as producer
  • Justin Jones known as compositing supervisor
  • Jacob Kebodeaux known as visual effects artist
  • Kelly Rae Kenan Green known as visual effects coordinator (as Kelly Rae Kenan)
  • Harimander Singh Khalsa known as compositing supervisor: Shade VFX
  • Ciril Koshyk known as visual effects artist: Cirux Render
  • Joshua LaCross known as compositing supervisor
  • Loic Laurelut known as digital compositor
  • Derek Ledbetter known as digital compositor
  • Dan Levitan known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Lingenfelser known as executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
  • Isaac Lipstadt known as vfx assistant coordinator
  • Scott Lissard known as digital compositor
  • Shira Mandel known as visual effects artist
  • Luke McDonald known as digital effects supervisor: CHE
  • Ray McIntyre Jr. known as visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
  • Victor F. Medel known as visual effects coordinator
  • Daniel Mellitz known as compositor
  • Steven Messing known as visual effects art director: CHE
  • Brad Moylan known as lead compositor: Pixel Magic
  • Patrick Paul Mullane known as matte painter: pixel magic
  • Jack Mullins known as visual effects
  • Leon Nowlin known as compositor
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Melissa Quintas known as digital compositor
  • Tom Reagan known as visual effects editor
  • John Riddle known as technical director: Shade VFX
  • Karl Rogovin known as dynamics effects animator: Hammerhead
  • Mk Sajith known as roto/prep artist
  • Brian Sales known as compositing supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Sankarasubramanian known as paint & rotoscoping supervisor
  • Ray Scalice known as visual effects
  • Gregory S. Scribner known as digital compositor
  • Hitesh Shah known as paint & rotoscoping supervisor
  • Dane Allan Smith known as visual effects producer: 3D scanning, Gentle Giant
  • Carl Stern known as compositor
  • Shane Strickman known as senior visual effects coordinator: Shade VFX
  • Donald Strubler Jr. known as digital compositor
  • Tammy Sutton known as compositing supervisor: Pixel Magic
  • Tommy Tran known as visual effects artist
  • Linda Tremblay known as digital compositor
  • Kraig Tytus known as visual effects coordinator
  • David Van Dyke known as visual effects executive producer: Shade VFX
  • Ariel Velasco-Shaw known as senior visual effects supervisor
  • Ariel Velasco-Shaw known as visual effects producer
  • Vincent Wauters known as visual effects supervisor: Logan
  • Judy Webster known as visual effects production manager: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Ryan Wieber known as digital compositor
  • J. Thomas Wilson known as digital compositor
  • Sam Winkler known as visual effects artist
  • Magdalena Wolf known as visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Jason Yanofsky known as senior lighting and compositing artist
  • Christian Zeiler known as digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Ian A. Harris known as compositor: Shade (uncredited)
  • Peter Pace known as visual effects designer (uncredited)
  • Chris B. Schnitzer known as director of visual effects (uncredited)
  • Srikanth known as lead paint/prep artist: Botvfx (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Belgium 9 January 2013
  • Australia 10 January 2013
  • Chile 10 January 2013
  • Croatia 10 January 2013
  • Ireland 10 January 2013
  • Netherlands 10 January 2013
  • Singapore 10 January 2013
  • UK 10 January 2013
  • Canada 11 January 2013
  • Estonia 11 January 2013
  • India 11 January 2013
  • Indonesia 11 January 2013
  • Lithuania 11 January 2013
  • Norway 11 January 2013
  • Romania 11 January 2013
  • Sweden 11 January 2013
  • Taiwan 11 January 2013
  • USA 11 January 2013
  • Argentina 17 January 2013
  • Denmark 17 January 2013
  • Hong Kong 17 January 2013
  • New Zealand 17 January 2013
  • Bahrain 24 January 2013
  • Germany 24 January 2013
  • Greece 24 January 2013
  • Kuwait 24 January 2013
  • Russia 24 January 2013
  • Iceland 25 January 2013
  • Serbia 29 January 2013 (Belgrade) (premiere)
  • Philippines 30 January 2013
  • Czech Republic 31 January 2013
  • Hungary 31 January 2013
  • Israel 31 January 2013
  • Serbia 31 January 2013
  • Slovenia 31 January 2013
  • Brazil 1 February 2013
  • Bulgaria 1 February 2013
  • Poland 1 February 2013
  • France 6 February 2013
  • Spain 8 February 2013
  • Italy 21 February 2013
  • Peru 21 February 2013
  • Portugal 21 February 2013
  • Mexico 22 February 2013
  • Republic of Macedonia March 2013
  • Finland 1 March 2013
  • Turkey 1 March 2013
  • Venezuela 22 March 2013
  • Japan 3 May 2013

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence and language


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10 Responses to Gangster Squad (2013)

  1. jarryds from Australia says:

    Originally intended for release in September of 2012, Gangster Squadhas belatedly hit theatres this week. The film follows the story of LAcrime boss Mickey Cohen and a group of off-the-book beat cops to bringhim down. "Based" on a true story (What movie isn't these days?) thefilm and its fantastic cast promise much but come across as bland andboring.Set in Los Angeles in the 50's, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a crimelord who has taken over and there seems to be nobody who can stop him.The few good cops are outnumbered by the cops Cohen has bought and itseems all hope is lost. But Police Chief Nick Nolte decides somethingneeds to be done and assigns good, hard cop Josh Brolin to put togethera team to go after Cohen. What follows is the assembling of a team ofnot-so- perfect cops and the war they wage on Cohen's empire.Sound familiar? That's because we've all already seen this movie, onlydone much better. You can tick the cliché's off as you watch. Good copbeing grilled by his dirty cop superior? Check. Older tougher cop andhis young protégé? Check. Evil henchman of the chief bad guy? Check.The list could go on but would approach spoiler territory. The climaxof the film is somewhat predictable about half way through. You canforesee almost all of the events that will play out in the last 20minutes and while it's enjoyable enough, it's nothing you haven't seenbefore.The cast is a who's who list of names. Which makes the film all themore disappointing. With names like Brolin, Gosling, Penn and Stonethey should blow you away. But the characters are nothing more thancaricatures and nobody gets the chance to portray any real depth, withthe possible exception of Giovanni Ribsi. Sean Penn looks bizarre in amountain of makeup, although it matches his completely over the topperformance. Ryan Gosling turns in a nicely subtle performance, butmost of the rest of the cast are stuck in cardboard cut out roles withindividual stories set on railway tracks. We all know where they'regoing to go, we just have to wait for them to get there.Also worth mentioning in the reason for the delay in the film'srelease. Originally the film was to be released in September 2012, butthen the Aurora shooting took place. At that time one of the key setpieces of the film was a scene in which the characters shoot at peoplefrom behind a movie screen in a theatre. Realising how disastrouslythat would be received in the wake of Aurora, the studio immediatelysuspended promotion for the film and set about reworking that scene.The cast re- assembled in August to reshoot the sequence, now takingplace in Chinatown. Something I liked: Robert Patrick's performance as the grizzled oldergunslinger. As a Terminator 2 fan it was great to see him still takingout people almost at will.Something I didn't like: The predictable climax. At the 60 minute markI mentally made a list of things I thought would happen in the last 20or so minutes of the film. Of my list of about 6 things, 5 of themhappened exactly as I predicted.Something that bugged me: The scenes with Josh Brolin and Nick Nolteseemed to be shot out of focus. It was particularly noticeable in theshots of Nolte. For a film with a budget of $75M, this just shouldn'thappen.Summary: Ultimately Gangster Squad is an enjoyable enough 100 minutesbut isn't anything significant. There's no great performances, nospectacular set pieces nor any big moments that you'll go home talkingabout. For the ladies there's an ample amount of eye candy in the formof a suited and fedora-d Ryan Gosling, and for the gentlemen there'sEmma Stone and a no-nonsense Robert Patrick. But the story fails toever really leap off the page and become something. We're told MickeyCohen is bad, but he's never anything more than "that bad guy". Wedon't hate him, we don't sympathise with him or desperately want him tobe taken down. He's just "the bad guy". The same can be said for all ofthe characters, and the story as a whole. Which makes it on the whole,ultimately forgettable.

  2. David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas says:

    Greetings again from the darkness. Admittedly, I am one of those whotake movies very seriously. Good movies make me happy (even the sadones), and bad movies make me sulk. Every now and then, one comes alongthat I find myself enjoying despite the warning buzzers blasting in myfilm snob brain. Such is the latest from director Ruben Fleisher (whoalso directed the entertaining Zombieland)."Inspired by true events" should always be interpreted as a disclaimerthat the movie will play fast and loose with history and the details ofthe story. Sean Penn plays Mickey Cohen, a renowned Los Angelesgangster from the late 40's. Due to widespread police corruption,Police Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) authorized an "off the books" team totake down mob operations (gambling, prostitution, etc). This much wasdocumented in Paul Lieberman's book. How this story is presented byFleisher and screenwriter Will Beall (signed on for the Justice Leaguemovie) has more in common with a comic book than actual history.The movie is extremely beautiful to look at. It's slick and stylishwith a glamorous color palette, and the production design is top notch- capturing the look and feel of a booming Los Angeles. If you areexpecting the next "L.A. Confidential" or even "The Untouchables", youwill be disappointed. It's more in line with "Dick Tracy", "Scarface",and "Hoffa". In other words … it looks great and the action,characters and dialogue are all way over the top.The cast is superb, but most are underutilized. Josh Brolin is thetough leader of the squad that features Ryan Gosling (the token coolwomanizer), Robert Patrick (the token dead-eye gunslinger), AnthonyMackie (the innercity, knife-wielding token black cop), Giovanni Ribisi(the token geeky electronics expert), and Michael Pena (the rookie andtoken Hispanic cop). Unfortunately, my crude descriptions are justabout as in-depth as the movie goes with any of them. In fact, YvetteTucker playing Carmen Miranda, gets almost as much screen time as anyof these cops as she sings "Chica Chica Boom Chic".The violence is cartoonish in its fervor. The aim of these gangsters isamong the worst in movie history, and that's quite an accomplishment.Using Tommy Guns and pistols, my estimate is that one in every 167shots actually hits an intended target. Many elaborate set pieces aredestroyed in the process. The exception is Robert Patrick's character,who is actually featured in a detective serial. He never misses …even after being wounded. Penn plays Cohen as a ruthless mob boss,unwilling to accept any failure from his crew. And you know what thatmeans. No pink slips here … just ugly death via power drill, burningelevator or classic car tug-of-war.An interesting note is the presence of three actors from recent cult TVshows. Holt McCallany (Lights Out), Mireille Enos (The Killing) andTroy Garity (Boss) all have key roles in the film, as does Jon Polito,whose face and voice make him a must-cast in any gangster film.If you are able to turn off the logical and reasoning part of yourbrain … just sit back and enjoy Emma Stone smoking a cig whilewearing a red evening gown, an understated Ryan Gosling with an oddspeech pattern, Sean Penn wearing a prosthetic nose and spewinghilarious bad guy lines, and the creepy feeling that Josh Brolin isjust 25 years away from looking and sounding exactly like Nick Nolte… then hopefully you can take this one for what it is – a guiltypleasure.

  3. mdspittl from United States says:

    I saw a screening of Gangster Squad last night and to say the least, Iwas unimpressed. I had decent expectations for the film with a stoutcast the likes of Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling along with adirector whose last two films I enjoyed (Zombieland and 30 Mins orLess). So what went wrong? Like the summary says it was incrediblycliché of every gangster movie out there and tried so hard to be likeLA Confidential and the Untouchables. While this movie would have donemuch better in the 90's I don't feel it fits in this generation offilm.You have Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen who decides he wants to be the kingof Los Angeles and he will take out whoever is in his way. Nick Nolteplays the police chief who is tired of the way LA is going and recruitshard nosed, do-as-I-please Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to create acrack team to take Cohen down. From there you have the obligatoryround-up-the team where he gets the bi-focal smart guy, thepast-his-prime outlaw and side kick, the token black guy, and the copwho doesn't want to join at first but is thrust into the fray.You then have a typical hunt down the bad guy, have a couple of shootouts where an incredible amount of bullets fly and no one gets touched,and a very flat romance where you wonder why these two are together forno other reason than they are really good looking. There were alsomoments in the climax of the movie where the audience burst out inlaughter and I feel that it was incredibly unwarranted.The only real redeeming quality was Sean Penn who gave an intense,powerful performance as Mickey Cohen. All in all I was disappointed inGangster Squad and feel like the entire movie brought nothing new tothe table of the gangster genre.

  4. moviewizguy from United States says:

    Glossy, slick, bloody, violent, dumb, crowd-pleasing, and undeniablyentertaining. Filled with every gangster genre cliché rolled into one,GANGSTER SQUAD ain't high art, nor is it aiming to be. It seemed as ifdirector Fleischer was trying to tell this story in the most funpossible way, and he succeeds with flying colors. The film is at itsbest when its loud and dumb but falters when it tries to be anythingmore than that.The cast seems like they're having fun, especially Sean Penn who has afield day with his role as the villain Mickey Cohen. The lines he'sgiven are pure gold. Josh Brolin does a great job as the lead and RyanGosling is charming and charismatic as usual. However, Emma Stone isunderused with a thankless role, but it's nice that she's in the filmanyway. Overall, GANGSTER SQUAD is fun entertainment. No judgments,little pretense.

  5. GoneWithTheTwins from says:

    When it stays light and adventurous, "Gangster Squad" has its minutesof spirited entertainment. But too often it attempts to mimic otherfilms while pulling back the reigns of exuberance for a much darkerapproach. Zigzagging between callous seriousness one minute to comicalzaniness the next, the film offers a mishmash of tones, styles, andgangster movie clichés. Consistency is not its strong point. By thethird time slow-motion shootouts and glamorous dames awash in billowingcigarette smoke give way to tedious villains and brooding montages, anysense of direction vanishes – along with the fun.It's 1940's Los Angeles and power-hungry mob boss Mickey Cohen (SeanPenn) begins a relentless quest to take over the entire city. In orderto stop him, Police Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) tasks gung-ho SergeantJohn O'Mara (Josh Brolin) with creating the "Gangster Squad," a secretgroup of unorthodox officers who will stop at nothing to bring Cohendown. Quickly becoming as ruthless as the very thugs they're assignedto apprehend, O'Mara, Wooters (Ryan Gosling), Harris (Anthony Mackie),Kennard (Robert Patrick), Ramirez (Michael Pena), and Keeler (GiovanniRibisi) begin destroying Cohen's empire one operation at a time. Butwhen Wooters falls for Cohen's girl Grace (Emma Stone) and the gangsterdiscovers the identities of his adversaries, the battalion must preparefor a war that will determine the fate of the city."Gangster Squad" doesn't know what it wants to be. As eclectic as thecolors are in the movie (though certainly not as extreme as "DickTracy"), so too are the continually shifting tones and styles. The endcredits appear as pulpy vacation postcard illustrations (the last ofthe unexpected fluctuations in imagery) which sharply contrast with theinitial scenes of ultra bloody violence (featuring a man being tornapart by vehicles, a la "The Hitcher," which seems like a goofyexecution in the face of serious villainy), the later moments ofromance, and the climactic showdown in the Plaza Hotel. It's all ashodgepodged as last year's "Lawless," continually trying to impartseverity, attraction, adventure, and even comedy at different moments,but forcing the wrong emotions. Several scenes of action will likelygarner eye rolls, while elements of brutality will evoke laughter…unintentionally (the incredibly high rate of gunfire is hilarious incomparison to stricken targets, especially as enemies unleashmachineguns against pistols and still hit nearly nothing).Penn wants to be De Niro and Pacino simultaneously, but instead emergesridiculous, forgetting his accent and tripping over his unnatural,obligatory mercilessness. The language, hats, coats, dresses, flasks,guns, cars, and cigarettes all bring momentary authenticity, butthey're no match for the exceedingly contemporary camera angels(zooming through car windows during breakneck midnight chases), highdefinition slow motion, and overly apparent special effects, which takeevery opportunity to pluck audiences from their suspensions ofdisbelief to draw attention to the technical methods. There arejunctures of fun, however, in the guerilla warfare tactics, battlingcrooked cops, assembling a dream team (not unlike "The Untouchables" or"Ocean's Eleven"), and the Wild West, loose cannon, one-liner gun showthat is Robert Patrick. But O'Mara's confidence and "bull in a chinashop" approach to law enforcement is frequently too generic andconsummates in dead civilians, revenge attacks, and massive shootoutsin which participants stand like stalwart statues in plain sight whilebullets whiz around them, making contact with every prop in thebackground. Few viewers will be seeing these ideas for the first time.- The Massie Twins (

  6. Marmaduke90 from Australia says:

    In 1949 Los Angeles is a city ruled by the mob. At the top of the crimesyndicates is Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a ruthless mobster involvedwith murder, women and drugs. To combat Cohen, the police departmentlook to construct a special squad of cops who will shut down hisoperations. Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) pitches the idea to honest copJohn O'Mara (Josh Brolin), who is also a happily married war veteran.His wife gives him the idea of picking men that have little ambitionand therefore less likely to be corrupted. One of the main men to joinhis squad is Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who has eyes forCohen's etiquette teacher Grace (Emma Stone). The other members of thesquad include Coleman (Anthony Mackie), Max (Robert Patrick), Conway(Giovanni Ribisi) and Navidad (Michael Pena), each of whom has theirown specialties. The most depressing realisation about Gangster Squad is not simply thatit is the lowest form of pulp trash, but that it leaves in its wake thequestion of "what if?" Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutesor Less) has assembled a cast that the most seasoned director wouldsalivate over, only to show complete ineptitude towards authenticityand controlled performance registers. The only positive to be drawnfrom the film is that it contains some momentarily appealingphotography. The rest of the film is a shambles. It's badly directed,allowing for poor performances, glossy over-stylisation, and serves nopurpose other than showcasing a series of tiresome gunfights. How did Warners Bros, who produced some of the most important gangsterfilms ever made, let this happen? It's through no fault of the sourcematerial. The film is based on a seven day L.A. Times series byjournalist Paul Lieberman, who in 2008 chronicled the real lifeformation of the Gangster Squad. Historical facts notwithstanding, thefilm is as it claims "inspired by a true story". It's the treatment ofthe material that fails. Discussing the film's cop-turned-writer WillBeall, Lieberman stated in an article for the Nieman Reports: "With'The Gangster Squad,' he understood that the studio wanted to go big,with flying bullets and fists." Evidentially, someone at Warner Bros.felt this subgenre had to be modernised by removing the substance andracking up the violence. The classic gangster films of the past were more psychological thanostentatious. Filmmakers like Howard Hawks used them as public warningsagainst the real life threat of gangsters and to pressure governmentsto take stronger action against them. The films provided cautionarytales about the way that ordinary people could be seduced the allure ofpower and money, raising their social status but dispersing theirfriends, family and moral values. Actors like James Cagney transformedthe gangster figure into tragic Shakespearean characters that werephysically and mentally corroded by the failure of the American Dream. The heavy emphasis on the violence and the action in Gangster Squadlessens the opportunity for complex moral ambiguity. A character asksJohn late if there is a difference between the criminals and thegangster squad. It's hard to believe given the film's insistence ofwhat a monster Cohen is, along with Penn's disappointingly monotoneperformance, which substitutes nuances for snarls and angry grimaces.After an opening scene where he orders someone to be drawn andquartered between two cars, there's little by way of sympathy orpsychology. Similarly, if Fleischer is interested in blurring the lines between thecriminals and the police, why does he frequently romanticise theirbattles with adolescent techniques like slow-motion, freeze framing andcareless juxtaposition? In one sequence he contrasts a raid with theCarmen Miranda song 'Chica Chica Boom Chic', as the camera crabssideways, scanning the crew as they beat up crims. Is there any reasonbesides including a superficial pop reference? This is true ofFleischer's overwrought visual style, one which desperately claws foryour attention, only to remain vacuous. There are pretty moments in thefilm, like a sumptuous wide shot of L.A.'s neon glowing nightlife andEmma Stone's first appearance in a red dress, but they're designedsolely to distract you from the film's emptiness and artificiality, asthese colour techniques are divorced from a theme. The performances in this mess range between embarrassing and vapid, andin some cases, both. Brolin's character is a dull lead, the can-doofficer with the beautiful home and concerned wife. I found hersurprisingly more interesting but the exchanges between the pair gnawat terrible clichés: "The war is over. Stop fighting," she tells him.When the rest of the cast is allowed to speak, and some of them aren't,they're embarrassed by laughably ornate dialogue, such as: "This is awar for the soul of Los Angeles!" and "The whole town is under waterand you're using a bucket when you should be grabbing a bathing suit".Gosling is the only actor who seems aware of how silly the project is.But his performance is compromised of poses and jokey lines, so chilledthat he could play Jerry his sleep. Likewise, Emma Stone's reunion withher Zombieland director leaves her with only two things to do: smokeand look po-faced. The gangster squad itself is little more than acollection of action figurines, defined by quirks than personality,like the knife thrower, the fast shooter and the Hispanic guy. I liked this movie more when it was called The Untouchables (1987). Atremendous cast and glamorous production design is wasted hostingloosely connected action scenes, with little substance to support them.Warner Bros. decided to delay the film six months following the Aurorashooting. Or was it because they already knew how poor the film was?Now after the events in Connecticut, how will they sell a film that'sonly interested in gunfire?

  7. lilantman10 from United States says:

    I love Ryan Gosling. I love Zombieland. I think Micheal Pena is one ofthe most underrated actors working right now. I don't know whathappened. No Wait Yeah I do this is one of the laziest most sterilescripts that I've witnessed in recent memory. This feels like a studioexecutive went up to a script generator and typed in "Undercover copmovie" and it printed out the Expendables but with cops . Then he readit and put in " Undercover Cover Cop movie set in classic Hollywood". To get the positives out of the way, the movie has a great aesthetic.It's beautiful, colors pop out nice and saturated. The actors here areall solid. Nobody is really embarrassing themselves, aside from beingin this movie, from their performances and some of them even manage todeliver some pretty cheesy lines really well. The pacing here is prettygood almost too fast, but i'll come back to that. The action is nothingto speak of it's just there. The Direction leaves a lot to be desired,unlike the atmospheric classic hollywoods movies this rips off whichhave a slow focused camera work to them this is shot like any otheraction movie. Ruben Fleisher is definitely an actor's director he isable to get decent to good performances from actors, and I don't wantto right him off just yet.The Ugly. This movie is so generic. Even worse it's predictable. I'venoticed a slew of genre movies recently that take a traditional typicalstory and it's clichés and turn them into tropes and strive to makethem better. Lincoln Lawyer, 21 Jump Street, End Of Watch, taketraditional story and plot points and make them better and inventive .This movie relishes in it's clichés, but not enough to make fun ofthem. The first thing the villain does it kills somebody. No nuance ortension he just kills somebody. The next scene is the cop whose toodedicated to his job making an arrest he shouldn't as his partneradvices him not to. The scene after that he goes into the chiefsoffice. Had it been more over the top, I was laughing hysterically atsome parts not intended of course, I could've enjoyed it more, but it'snot smart at all. It even could've been like Sherlock Holmes 2009 orPirates, but no it's fine being a standard action movie.The Bad. This movie is written by Will Beall who is currently writingthe Justice League movie that is set to come out in 2 years. Yeah,after the reviews for this movie come out and the box office takeJustice League will find a new writer. I have nothing but contempt forthis guy. This script has no meat it has stock characters with greatactors. Once again if this was Edgar Wright or Joss Wheedon they'd getsome dimension or have a lot of heart or be really funny, but no. Theteam consists of The Overdedicated cop, The guy who never misses, Theguy who uses a knife, The tech guy, and the Newbie. There either needsto be Character development with a mediocre story, or Story Developmentwith stock characters. This has neither. In every scene you get forcefeed exposition. If Tyler Perry directed an action movie it'd be likethis. No subtly.****SPOILERS*** There was a line so corny I didn't realize how bad itwas Until I left the theatre. Sean Penn is the bad guy, whose scenecan't end without someone being killed or yelled at, and he says to hishenchmen who execute some one " You know the drill". Then they pickup adrill and kill him with it.. I couldn't make that up **** SPOILERSOVEREThis movie is a bologna sandwich. It's the yellow starburst of movies.Although It is more enjoyable then the Expendables, I couldn't tell youwhy it's the same idea big cast no effort, This movie is something youwatch at a friends house. This is the perfect movie for one night atRedbox. All the people who don't watch 2 movies a day will enjoy it andthink it's a good movie. All the smart people can have some friendsover with some beers and laugh and make jokes about it and play " Namewhat movie that scene was stolen from". Basically an alternative gowatch Mad Men or L.A. Confidential or go play L.A. Noire much morerewarding.

  8. bloomers1176 from Australia says:

    Well I got back last night after watching it. It was a last minutething too. Love Gangster movies and thought this looked great. lovingBoardwalk Empire and enjoyed public enemy number one (suprisingly) so Iwas a little dismayed by the total lack of empathy with this movie uponleaving the cinema. It was running good right up to Brolins wife(excellent acting btw) began to help him hire the team of misfits. Fromthere it pretty much fell away. the crew were average at best. Theacting was strained. Brolin wasn't too bad. But even he was belowaverage. Never looked too comfortable. I couldn't really put a fingeron it but it never really got my blood pumping. A few plot holes I cantbe bothered to go into and I wonder if this was the outcome of a totalscript re-write by the director. Who knows. Penn tried his best to givethe movie some depth. But even his performance lacked the Scorsesetouch. Jimmy the Gent he wasn't. Despite the obvious attempt. Averagemovie that could have been good. Never great.

  9. theredraylives from United States says:

    Though made for a plethora of reasons, a film need only achieve onegoal to be successful: it needs to be entertaining. Engagingcharacters, good performances, and a story that is engrossing, even ifa bit cardboard or cliché. When a film ultimately fails, it is becauseits characters are wooden or stereotypical, the storyline is boring,and the only question it might raise is, "was this intended to be sleeptherapy for a study on insomnia?" Set that film in 1949 and make itabout gangsters and cops, and you've got Gangster Squad, a film soinept that Ruben Fleischer should win an award for managing to make aviolent action movie that could put an Olympic sprinter to sleep inmid-stride.Josh Brolin stars as Sgt. Something-or-other, a no-nonsense cop who isrecruited by the grizzled police chief (Nick Nolte, who eats sandpaper,apparently) to stop a gangster from taking over Los Angeles. Brolinbroods as the take-no-prisoners Sarge, his squad rarely referring tohim by name because they probably can't remember his name either.Despite how stylized the trailers may seem, how action-packed andexciting it promises to be, this is little more than a stable ofstereotypes loosed upon mid-twentieth-century Los Angeles and hopingnot to bore it half to death. It becomes exhausting to try to careabout what's going on in the film because the characters haven't got ashred of credibility between them; the only enjoyment comes from RobertPatrick, himself packed tightly into the stereotype of thesharpshooting old westerner.Sean Penn's utterly ham-fisted Mickey Cohen is taken down, but whocares? The film never makes you care about the struggle against him orthe city under his rule; he's ruthless, he's tough as nails, and he'severy other stereotype of the evil gangster that Sean Penn could lookup the day after he got cast and decided to cram into the character.Every single actor in this film has been utterly fantastic in otherfilms; how could the ensemble be so frightfully uninteresting? Theutterly versatile and likable Ryan Gosling is so bland and watered-downthat he seems confused as to why he is even in the film. Emma Stone isrendered to eye candy, a crime given her considerable talents.Yet, as contrived as the characters are, it doesn't come close totouching how terrible the script is. Penn mugs at the camera, his onlycharacter direction seemingly "sound more angry" or "be moregangster-y." The film does itself a disservice to not show Cohen's riseto power- it wants the audience to see how powerful Cohen is, butkilling his own men for their ineptitude and eating a steak dinner at afancy restaurant does nothing to imbue the fear that Mickey is supposedto represent into the script. He quite honestly seems rather harmless,and without a villain to care about, the gangster squad's mission totackle said villain becomes even more pointless.The real tragedy here is the fact that for two hours, there are gunsfiring, flashy action sequences and big period set pieces, yet none ofit seems all that interesting. It needed to be longer; it needed to godeeper. Having Sarge's wife tell the audience that he'll pick duty overfamily is supposed to be meaningful, but the scene is unnecessary- theopening sequence with Brolin's character tells everyone that. Too muchtime is spent between characters needlessly talking exposition at theaudience. Time better spent developing a camaraderie between the squadmembers is instead spent on slow-motion sequences or on Brolin'schin-set, Mickey-Cohen-is-bad speeches. If Mickey Cohen is so terrible,why doesn't a film about his downfall just show the audience that? Notto say that Gangster Squad is completely bereft of enjoyment. Theperiod setting was very well done, with some magnificent costume andset design. It may have been senseless and boring, but at least it feltlike it was boring in 1949 and wasn't really out of place. A chasesequence early on with some vintage automobiles is excellently handled,filled with some great explosive tension, figuratively and literally.The film handles most of its gunplay and action sequences quite well,it's just a shame that all the bullets are coming from guns shot bygunmen and are flying at targets that are equally vapid andmeaningless. These aren't characters, they're shells, into which anactor was poured and just told to act like a single-line descriptionfrom an old pulp novel about gangsters.Despite a moment here or there of decent action, there's nothingredeemable about the entire experience that is Gangster Squad. It isempty, boring, and ultimately will leave the audience feeling… well,nothing. What should have been an excellent period film with gangstersand cops with some depth and character exploration is instead ripe withbrevity, with everything thrown at the screen wrapped in a stereotypewith so little substance, you can almost see through Mickey Cohen.Check out my profile for links to my other reviews!

  10. LindseyThePirate says:

    This movie has everything you could ask for, in an action-packedemotional thrill ride, provided that you are able to just let go, andlet yourself to be engrossed. For those who prefer films that may havea little less predictability, or people that find themselves unable tomaintain the "suspension of disbelief", this movie would beunderstandably less enjoyable.Right alongside moments that range from somewhat cringe-worthy, topositively grisly, there are enough instances of justice, and pleasantsurprises to cause powerful feel-good moments just shortly after eventhe darkest of situations. I personally felt a constant paralyzingtension keeping me glued to my seat in the theater throughout theentire movie, and couldn't bring myself to leave and go to thebathroom.The cast and their acting is just about flawless, (though admittedly abit cliché at times), and the sets and cinematography are superb. SeanPenn is positively frightening, and shines in his role as the villain,while Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling perfectly portray the face of theirvigilante-style band of misfits; The Gangster Squad.If you are familiar with the story that this movie is loosely basedfrom, you may be disappointed by the fact that it is QUITE looselybased indeed. I feel that this makes is a likable, albeit somewhatpredictable movie, but others who expect it to stick with the "realstory" may not find it as enjoyable, despite the overall positive tonethat the new adaption allows.Though the reviews seem to be a horse-a-piece, I recommend seeing itand judging for yourself, because it truly is an interesting thrillride that will have you rooting for the good guys, tearing up from timeto time, and cringing at the evil that Sean Penn is able to embody inan absolutely brilliant and stylish movie about good guys doing wrongto take down bad guys doing worse.

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