Gangster Squad 2012

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Crime drama set in the 1940s and '50s in Los Angeles inspired by the real life story of vicious mob boss Mickey Cohen and the LAPD officers who tried to bring him down. After moving to LA from the East Coast, Cohen has taken control of the town. A force to be reckoned with, he not only has his gang to do his bidding but a number of policemen and politicians are also under his command. Police Ch...

Starring:
Troy Garity,Mireille Enos
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Ruben Fleischer
Starring Troy Garity, Mireille Enos
Supporting actors Holt Mccallany, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Pence, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A starry cast heads up this gorgeous looking, forties set gangster flick. A covert group of police officers are put together to bring down the tyranny of Mickey Cohen. Let the action commence.

This was a complete shock. Expecting a drawn out drama with a few action beats it was a surprise when this lit up the screen. Loads of great action set pieces and some great characters to root for this was pure entertainment.

Gangster Squad doesn't have the brains of LA Confidential or the emotional core of The Untouchables but is a helluva lot of fun. Led by Josh Brolin and superbly backed up by Ryan Gosling, he and his band of merry men set about wreaking hell on Cohen's empire. The shoot outs are fast and frenetic and a exhilarating car chase mid way through mixes things up a little.

Sean Penn is Mickey Cohen and he clearly relishes this role. This is the most fun he has had in years and it really shows. Apart from some dodgy prosthetic work, he embodies the pure evilness of this well renowned gangster.

The film is really a three starrer, but four stars are given for the sheer enjoyment it provides. It really shouldn't be this fun but it works entirely. The Gangster Squad are a fantastic bunch of guys and you are with them every step of the way.

Violent, action packed, this is pure entertainment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By s VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
My wife had seen this film at the Cinema with my Son and she was keen to see it again so i purchased the Blu-ray with UV.The UV option lets you create an account online so you can share the film with up to 5 people wherever they may be located as the film is held on your Cloud Account.You can leave this option alone and still run the film,no problem.The film starts off with a violent scene and straight away i was struggling.Was it tongue in cheek,was it a serious mobster film? The plot is pretty thin with lots of violence that is filmed in such a way as to let your imagination run riot and you're spared the actual blood and guts.The film runs for around 105 minutes and after an hour,it was all pretty much to previous the mobster genre formula you've seen many times before.Almost boring but then it springs back to life with plenty of action and a little emotion.I think the film is ok if you don't take it too seriously,it's entertaining enough with all the acting out of the top drawer.It could have been so much better with a better storyline and a more serious attitude to making a great film.I think 3 stars is fair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
This is a fictionalized version of the story of LA gangster Mickey Cohen, excellently portrayed by Sean Penn who looks nothing like him. The action takes place in 1949/1950 and is not shot in black and white. Combat veteran Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) is asked to form a squad of elite men to take down Mickey Cohen, but not as cops, but as a gangsters hitting his places one by one.

John has a pregnant wife (Mireille Enos) who would rather leave town than have her husband take on the mobster. Saddled with the fact it won't happen, she helps her husband assemble a squad which includes Jerry (Ryan Gosling) a playboy cop who is seeing Mickey's girlfriend (Emma Stone). Emma Stone has played too many down to earth women to pull off a swanky mobster girl. She looked like a kid who was playing in her mommy's make-up box. Perhaps that was the genius of the film as she was to suppose to be a small town girl out of place.

Jerry uses a pick up line from 1941 comedy "Hold That Ghost" when he talks about playing post office. Again, was this bad writing or would have someone used a line from a film? At times the characters acted like they came out of "Sin City," stereotypes of themselves. Where do they get all these new Packards to shoot up?

The film had some good lines such as Sean Penn: "All good things must one day be burnt to the ground for insurance money." There is enough humor in the film to keep it from becoming dry.

Now the bad news is that Mickey Cohen was actually brought down by the IRS and not the gangster squad. His girlfriend Liz (not Grace)did three years because she wouldn't testify against him. So as far as facts go, rate this well below an Oliver Stone film. I liked the film, but not because there was any truth to it.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex. Stripper with large pasties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
this is great fun, it isnt the greatest film ever made, the most original or anything like that but it doesnt waste a second and thats the way i like it. Sean Penn is in great form here, it feels like he has been out of my gaze for ages, i always loved him when he is a nasty piece of work as seen in casualties of war and carlitos way and he ups his villainous side once again here. The other actors dont steal a scene from him but they are all great here.
Guns and carnage and sensual beautys are the order of the day and the day is good, get this and look at that price now, £3 wouldnt get you a pint but it will get you a classy film,end of story.
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Format: DVD
I am a huge fan of Brian De Palma's greatest film "The Untouchables", which is "in my humble opinion" ... the best "cops vs gangsters" movie ever made. As such, I never thought anyone would make a film to "touch" it ...... UNTIL NOW !!!

Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" is a worthy challenger for the title (pardon the pun, considering Sean Penn's bad guy "Mickey Cohen" is an ex-boxer). So much so that I watched it at the cinema 5 TIMES ..... WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE, BUT FOR IT'S CINEMA RUN ENDING!

It has everything you could possibly want from a great "cops vs gangsters" movie :-
Great story / Great cast :-
1. Hot Leading actress - Emma Stone (including a bit of side boob ... nice!)
2. Hot Leading actors - Ryan Gosling & Josh Brolin (if you are "a lady", or "like that sort of thing"!)
3. Great bad guy - Sean Penn's "Mickey Cohen" is up there with Al Pacino's cult "Tony Montana"
(he even adds his own unique line near the end of the movie. Although it's not quite up there with the classic "Say Hello to my Leeettle Fren!")
Lashings of violence, blood-letting, & vulgarities !
Superb camera-work (notably the scene where Ryan Gosling finally decides to join the "Gangster squad", when something bad happens to a young friend if his)
Excellent & atmospheric sound track.
Good set & costume design.

All in all this is a TRULY GREAT FILM ..... WHICH I DOUBT WILL BE BETTERED THIS YEAR (EVEN BY THE HUGE BLOCK-BUSTERS) !!!
Richies Rating = 83%
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