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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!