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Gangster Squad 2012

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(145) IMDb 6.8/10

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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 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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4 of 4 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Prankerd on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
A hugely enjoyable throwback to those all-star John Sturges sixties action films. Yes, it's hugely predictable (you can set your watch to one character's death) but that's part of the fun, a big silly mix of action set pieces, brooding machismo, snappy outfits and wafer-thin characterisations.

It would be churlish to point out how awful Sean Penn is as Micky Cohen, especially as he's still miles better than de Niro was in the similar Untouchables. I guess it's impossible to do a fun mob movie without roping in some great actor past his best to wear unconvincing make-up and show how far they've fallen...
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
In 1949 Los Angeles, gangster Micky Cohen (Penn) is on the verge of taking over the entire West coast of America. With the head's of law enforcement & judiciary on his payroll, no one dare step in his way. However, one man that wont sell his office, is Police Chief Parker (Nolte), who has had enough of Cohen's reign, and enlists like minded stand out Homicide detective & ex-elite solider Sgt. John O'Mara (Brolin), to form a squad of 4 or 5 men, leave they're badges at home & wreck havoc on Cohen's industry to bring him to his knees. They are, The Gangster Squad.

This offering will be a familiar story to some, it's essentially a re-touchable i guess you'd call it, of the 1987 film The Untouchables. Moved from the prohibition era of the 1920's-30's to the eve of that classic ring a ding ding 50's era America. It introduces us to the key players early on in the first 30 minutes or so. Sean Penn (Mystic River) with heavy facial prosthetic's as the ex-boxer turned gangster, who if you thought De Nero's intro. was sadistic in the Untouchables as Al Capone, goes the whole 9 yards with an extremely gruesome scene. While Josh Brolin's (The Goonies) honorable cop whose sense of righteousness wont allow him to sit idly by & watch injustice being done no matter the cost. Both sport blood spattered intros. that set the tone for the whole film.

The rest of the squad, interestingly hand picked by Mr's O'Mara (Mireille Enos-
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