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This review is from: Gangster Squad (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)"Gangster Squad" is an old-fashioned crime-fighting thriller set in the L.A. of the late 1940's, complete with period sets, a solid cast, and a suspenseful story. It claims to be based on a true story, but the average viewer probably won't worry about the history. The average viewer will be too busy wondering just how vicious the fight between two-fisted mobster Mickey Cohen and a group of vigilante cops is going to get, and who might get hurt in the process.
As the story opens, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is staking out his criminal turf, while most of the police force has been paid to look the other way. The police chief (a grizzled Nick Nolte) taps honest police sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to set up an off-the-books gangster squad. With the help of his wife, O'Mara picks five other police officers prepared to take on Cohen and his mob. Among them is Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), O'Mara's army buddy, who also happens to have a very dangerous thing going with Cohen's moll (Emma Stone). The gangster squad gets to work, and Mickey Cohen soon becomes aware that his operation is being dismantled right under his nose. Cohen will come after the gangster squad, and their friends and families, setting up a big finale at an L.A. hotel.
The pacing of the movie is perhaps a little uneven, but its best moments make up for it. The gunfights are pretty exciting, and the movie makes the good guys worry about the collateral damage. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are quite good together, as in a different way are Josh Brolin and Mireille Enos, who plays his wife. The movie has an old-fashioned ending, but that is the point. Recommended.
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Initial post: Apr 1, 2013 1:25:42 PM PDT
Joel Cigan says:
Is this a violent film?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2013 2:47:04 PM PDT
Joel Cigan says:
Is the violence "brutal" in nature or is it standard action movie violence? I'm not a fan of violence in such films as The Departed...
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2013 5:23:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 1, 2013 5:24:56 PM PDT
D. S. Thurlow says:
There are several fairly graphic fistfights, a few shootings and a couple of scenes involving torture. In my opinion, it is a bit more than the standard action movie.
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