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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fun
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...
Published 21 months ago by T. Cosens

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3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't take itself too seriously
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...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fun, 29 July 2013
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T. Cosens (England) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars classy, 6 Jan. 2014
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD] (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
3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't take itself too seriously, 30 Dec. 2013
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s "s" (north west) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very glossy and violent gangster atmospherics, 18 Sept. 2013
This feels very much like an Untouchables for a new generation, as a cast of hard-boiled cops are assembled to take down an untouchable gangster in a corrupt town. Josh Brolin's tough decent cop assembles a team of detectives 'off the books' to try to shatter crime kingpin Mickey Cohen's hold on his town, bringing with him Ryan Gosling who gives a very charismatic turn, and Emma Stone as the girl who's torn between the good and the bad in a great noirish role.
The cast are all uniformly on top of their game, with Sean Penn especially surprising as a genuinely chilling and nasty gangster. A few early scenes exposing his cruel streak and vicious temper make it very clear why most people take the bribes and also make it equally clear just how much danger the heroes taking him on are putting themselves in.
Director Ruben Fleischer creates a gorgeous ambience to his LA, really filling it with a sense of time and period, and throws in some cracking violence too. The action and chases are brilliant, although there are some strategically idiotic moments that may make the audience wonder how the heroes survived the WW2 campaigns they're supposed to have weathered in the past.
There are some clichés, and if you've seen gangster films before, you'll know some of what's coming. However, its executed with a rarely bravura flair. And the violence is a notch more than you may be expecting from a gangster flick.
High quality (and surprisingly funny) entertainment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, 6 Oct. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gangster Squad DVD, 22 Nov. 2014
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Mr. M. Sanders "TX41" (Powys, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD] (DVD)
I would recommend that you read the true story called Gangster Squad as well.

The film does take some liberties with the original true story, but leaving that aside it is a good film, probably to be in that nexus of films such as the Untouchables, LA Confidential and the like.

Even if the story has a few sappy domestic moments, it has pace and reflects the nature of the events it is based on.

I would say the detail of the sets, clothes and vehicles is first class and this really goes to make this believeable in a documentary sense.

Having written for this type of genre myself, and studied the genre besides having worn the badge, the realism is there.

The world that these Officers had to close down was murky, violent, dog eat dog and dehumanising. The film certainly gets this message over.

If you enjoyed this film, read the Kindle books of Ed Van Meyer, who writes authorititively about Los Angeles, the LAPD and the crime they fight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This squad needs work, 4 Mar. 2015
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Ben Griam "Ben Griam" (Sutherland, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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There's more to style than getting the hats right. By setting the film in the same time and situation of L.A. Confidential, Gangster Squad invites comparisons, and comes off a very poor second. It is all pretty paint-by-numbers with little imagination in the plot, and a lack of memorable lines. The presence of Jon Polito only reminds the viewer of another superior gangster film; Miller's Crossing. The squad don't convince- the Western gunman, the techie and its multi-ethnic nature seems unlikely in the LAPD of the 50's which, by all accounts, wasn't exactly an equal rights employer. Pretty boring romance/family life scenes are interspersed with action scenes where there are too many bullets that can't seem to find the cops. I suppose it is ok but it should have avoided treading on the toes of other, better movies by having an original plot, and working harder on the plot than on the design and look of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sixties-style big cast actioner, 9 Jan. 2014
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T. Prankerd "Counter-X.net" (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES, 5 May 2013
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy] [2013] (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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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the negative hype. It's good!, 15 April 2013
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy] [2013] (DVD)
Wow. It would appear that this film has upset quite a few film buffs. From what I can tell, some were hoping for something better than LA Confidential and others were hoping for something better than The Untouchables. This film is neither. It is somewhere in between whilst not being quite as good as either but come on! One star?

Yes it's clichéd but so what? IT'S ENTERTAINING. The good guys are flawed-but-good and the bad guys are really nasty. And boo-hoo, so the love story didn't convince? Who cares? It's a gangster film for crying out loud! It has groups of people shooting at each other with tommy guns whilst rarely hitting each other! It has 1940's car chases! It has close-ups of newspaper headlines!

What more do you want?!
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