Gangster Squad 2012

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(103) IMDb 6.8/10
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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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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)

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16 of 17 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 Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Gangster Squad is directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Will Beal. It stars Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick and Michael Pena. Music is by Steve Jablonski and cinematography by Dion Beebee.

Los Angeles is being brought to its knees by crime boss Mickey Cohen (Penn). In one of the darkened offices of the police department, a special squad of officers is being assembled. Given free licence to bring Cohen and his operations down by any means necessary, the Gangster Squad fight fir with fire.

Loosely based on real life facts, Gangster Squad is a good old slice of machine gun etiquette. An all star cast get to play good guys and wise guys in The Untouchables tradition, even if that in itself can't quite lift the film to the higher echelons of gangster movies past and present.

There's absolutely nothing new here, it plays out as expected. Brolin and Gosling are the main smooth operators in the good guys camp, the former given the family man in danger sub-plot, the latter given the dangerous dame to fall in love with in the shapely form of Emma Stone, who as it happens is also dating Cohen! hmm...

Over in the wise guys department is Penn on full tilt sweary and hammy overdrive. It's a very colourful portrayal, menacing and completely over the top. How the performance sits with you will greatly depend on how you find Penn as an actor when let loose on a cartoon characterisation.

It's all very period pleasing, with a bustling late 40s L.A. hosting men with hats, trench coats and tommy-guns. Men who frequent the speakeasy bars as torch singers warble their stuff. There is nothing wrong with the production at all, except maybe when the dialogue veers to clunky.
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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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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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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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