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on 29 July 2013
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!