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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...

Starring:
Sean Penn, Holt McCallany
Runtime:
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
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
good cast, stellar performances, Dull, predictable plot.

The final shootout; is lacking; though fairly good - it is what it is.
with all the great cast I was saddened that it wasn't more spectacular and moody - it just sometimes seemed too staged, contrived, and stereotypical. There wasn't really much male bonding going on; which generally makes a film like this more appealing.
Worth a watch; but I had to do it in two sittings as it dragged a little.
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Format: 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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Format: DVD
Gangster Squad
Dir. Ruben Fleicher / Cert 15 / 111 minutes)

How can a film with so many guns, so much blood and such a fine cast fall so flat? I'm a big fan of the genre, so I had high expectations for Gangster Squad, but everything here has been done before and done better. It feels to me as if the filmmakers worked to a shopping list of ingredients, a tick-list of `must-include' tropes thrown together, checked off one-by-one by cautious, smug Hollywood execs, dollar signs for eyes, staring greedily out of empty bloodless sockets.

The result is a workmanlike, shallow and impassionate jigsaw of mismatched pieces, all style and no substance, all pizazz and no plot, with dialogue that sounds like it's come straight out of `How to Write A Gangster Movie for Dummies'. I couldn't even enjoy it as a piece of pastiche because the characters were so utterly dimensionless Performances are weak across the board - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone can't decide whether to go for ham or cheese, and have none of the chemistry (sexual or otherwise) that they brought to Crazy Stupid Love and somebody really needed to take Nick Nolte and Sean Penn aside and tell them that this wasn't a pantomime. Perhaps I should lighten-up - from what I understand, many people have enjoyed Penn's over-the-top villain, but I'm sorry, having him snarling lines like `Out here, I'm a GOD!!!' took me completely out of the story and the drama. Admittedly, the shoot `em up climax is well-shot and slickly executed, and the closest the film ever comes to having a pulse, but by this point, the damage is done and I couldn't care less who lives and who dies, who wins and who loses.
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