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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...

Sean Penn, Holt McCallany
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Ruben Fleischer
Starring Sean Penn, Holt McCallany
Supporting actors Wade Williams, James Landry Hébert, Ambyr Childers, Josh Brolin, Mick Betancourt, Mac Brandt, Brandon Molale, Michael Papajohn, Jeff Wolfe, Anthony Molinari, Austin Highsmith, Ryan Gosling, Neil Koppel, Jack McGee, Mireille Enos, Evan Jones, James Carpinello, Troy Garity
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
The LAPD’s ‘Hat Squad’ of detectives who worked outside the law to keep organised crime from gaining a foothold in the city in the late 40s and early 50s seem such a natural for the big screen it’s surprising they’ve been only in the foreground of three films. Mulholland Falls (named after their habit of taking hoods to Mullholland Drive and rolling them down the canyon as a warning to get out of town) had the look and the cast but fell apart due to a messy unfocussed script that rarely came to life, while L.A. Confidential delivered the goods on all levels but failed to find much of an audience despite picking up a slew of Oscar nominations. Sadly, Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad was a step back both in terms of quality and commercial appeal, going for a print the legend approach more inspired by The Untouchables that could have worked with the right director and cast but is hobbled by a clichéd script, bland characters made blander by an uncharismatic cast, Fleischer’s leaden direction and Dione Beebe’s extremely poor photography that’s clearly aiming for stylish but all too often just makes the action look murky and uninteresting. While the Squad’s real activities offer enough great raw material for a dozen movies, the film takes any notion of historical accuracy for a spin to the top of Mullholland Drive and kicks it down the canyon but never comes up anything to replace it but photocopies of photocopies of photocopies of scenes you’ve seen in a hundred other movies and all done better than this one.Read more ›
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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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