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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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3 of 3 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 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr C. Taft on 6 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have many gangster movies in my collection, and this one is in the top 5, great attention to detail, and a good atmospheric story that draws you in. A very stylish and polished movie if you don't care for the blood and guts movies like Goodfellows, The Godfather, or Once In A Time In America.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Wood on 10 Aug. 2013
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The first film I saw this year was bad, Texas Chainsaw 3D set the bar for 2013 incredibly low, and I thought to myself films of 2013 can only improve from here. Gangster Squad was the second film I went to see this year, and it is absolutely brilliant! Gloriously violent and visually striking from the neon lit streets of 40's Los Angeles, to the slow motion gunfights, bloody violence and slow-mo shots of the cast looking ultra slick. This is unmissable, electrifying entertainment. Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and their Squad of highly skilled men go up against Mickey Cohen, a dark and vicious Criminal who is brought to life by a spectacular performance from Sean Penn. Critics are giving it mixed and negative reviews, I say ignore them because this is one of the coolest movies I've seen in years, and every single cast member delivers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kiki_725 on 30 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I was really excited for this film to come out and i went and saw it on the first day. I then came home and added it to my amazon wish list - i had enjoyed it that much.

I felt that the film had amazing costume and cast, I maybe biased as i loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling a lot, and it was well written. At points i found it a little violent and gory (and i do like gangster films so i'm use to gore). The chemisty between Gosling and Stone was good, as always, and i am excited to see the film again.
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