9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously cool
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,...
Published 4 months ago by James Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a boys film!
Brought as a present and they really liked it but it was not my kind of film! Acting was okay!
Published 1 month ago by Caroline Hiley
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously cool,
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fun,
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish,
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the negative hype. It's good!,
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy]  (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?!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gangsta Squad Review!,
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy]  (DVD)An aggressive and in your face gangster movie, those of you that have seen The Untouchables [Blu-ray]  will recognize the familiarity of the story, completely unrelated but the two films go about their business in the same way. In this you have Mob Boss Mickey Cohen who is trying to take over control of the whole West coast of America and will stop at nothing in taking out anyone or anything in his way. Unlike the Untouchables where by the cast featured an all star lineup including Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, you still get (in my view) a pretty decent cast lineup including Josh Brolin as Sgt. O'Mara who heads the squad and Sean Penn who plays the part of mob boss Mickey Cohen very well indeed. While in the Untouchables Kevin Costner and Sean Connery stayed on the right side of the law in the pursuit of taking Capone down set in Chicago, in this the police squad stop at nothing and are just as ruthless in the process! This film is set in 1949 Los Angeles at a time when the police were corrupt and bought by the mob.
This is a damn good decent film with lots and i mean lots of blood, guns, firefights, and some pretty decent jazz music from time to time all set in the late 40's. It's certainly not what i was expecting and was far more violent than i thought it would be. As good as it is, it is let down slightly by a storyline which is highly predictable, meaning i guessed what was going to happen virtually from the start. Of course the biggest problem this film has is it's fiction, Unlike the Untouchables which is based on real life and as we all know the best films are those based on actual events!
PROS: Late 1940's America does look nostalgic, As tough a gangster movie as you'll find, lots of guns and firefights to match, quality cast!
CONS: The plot is too obvious, it needed more twists, you feel the ending arrives too quickly, they must have a 10 year old with perfect hearing doing the audio settings as when people are talking on screen you have to turn the volume up fully and yet during gun fights you have to turn it down (essentially what i'm saying is they should have balanced the audio out so you don't have to keep messing with the volume on your tv)
VERDICT: It's a worthwhile gangster movie and one i can recommend at the price, everything you would expect and if you like old school mobster films but made in the present day then look no further!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film,
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy]  (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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Los Angeles Film Noir.,
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy]  (DVD)Not up to Raymond Chandler scripts or the acting of yesteryear. Sean Penn puts in an okay performance but he is no Robert De Niro. Ryan Gosling; whom I cannot usually stand as an actor, is good in this film as he takes a secondary role, though I cannot understand why he is so popular as I find his style of acting and persona weak and whimpish - perhaps that's the deal with him. The rest of the cast hammed it up for the sake of history. Being, cops and gangsters set in Los Angeles after WW2. I empathised with how the lead cop felt about vice and decadence having spent years fighting overseas for the Red, White and Blue. The movie is a very good action yarn which moves along briskly and somewhere within the spiel there lies some decent morale respecting cleaning up the city for succeeding generations, etc,. With better direction and acting this could have become a classic. It is well worth 4 out of 5 and worth watching if you enjoy modern day homage to LA Film Noir.
1.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Confidential lite.,
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy]  (DVD)A movie with an identity crisis if ever there was one. Trying too hard to force a noire atmosphere with a corny Dragnet voice-over & shallow stock characters, the film has more of a Marvel comic and perhaps even a Bugsy Malone feel than any sort of credible tale of corruption & vice in 1940's L.A. The linear and utterly predictable plot, the wooden acting, laughable shoot-outs and the lacklustre script all combine to produce a deeply unsatisfying experience.
A real vacuous nothing of a film, so bad that it would probably have had more substance if done Manga/anime style.
5.0 out of 5 stars violent,
playing to type as a mean bad man he steals the show.
much more violent than similar mob films.
tommy guns ripping blood spurting holes in bodies.
the story is obvious and simple but the acting is good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a boys film!,
This review is from: Gangster Squad [DVD + UV Copy]  (DVD)Brought as a present and they really liked it but it was not my kind of film! Acting was okay!
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