Gangster Squad starring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling hit theaters on January 11th 2013. A crime movie based on Paul Lieberman’s best-selling novel entitled “Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, The Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles. This new film is directed by Ruben Fleischer and is comprised of other noted actors namely: Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Michael Peña. So how did critics rate Gangster Squad? Check out the latest movie review from Ricardo Baca below:
“Seeing Sean Penn in a Different Light In Gangster Squad
Fist fights and Tommy gun face-offs. Grenades and thug-styled dismemberments. Ambushes and even more deceptive guerrilla maneuvers. Killing him softly, by lying straight to his face; killing him loudly, by publicly stealing his girlfriend and turning her against him.
You might say the new shoot-’em-up film”Gangster Squad”fights the good fight. And the whole film is just that: one big fight — for the soul of Los Angeles in 1949, when mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is making a move to take over the entire western United States from his Chicago brethren.
War hero John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is back from the frontlines with two Purple Hearts and more, but his straightforwardly moral police work is getting him in trouble with the Los Angeles force’s powers that be, most of whom are in the mob boss’ pocket.
When O’Mara gets a classified mission from police chief “Whiskey Bill” Parker (Nick Nolte) to assemble a squad to fight Cohen and his gangsters with gang-like tactics, he jumps at the opportunity to save the city. In comes Jerry (Ryan Gosling), a free-wheeling detective who’s already found romance with Grace (Emma Stone), who also happens to be dating mob boss Cohen.
The others in the squad bring a variety of personalities, specialties and, thankfully, ethnicities to the mix. (Giovanni Ribisi gives the brainy Conwell a heart while Robert Patrick’s character Max is responsible for some of the film’s best laughs. Max’s sidekick Navidad, played by Michael Peña, steps into a supporting role poignantly.) In fact, think of this motley crew as precursors to those sly foxes in the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies.
With that comparison, it’s easy to think of “Gangster Squad” as a slick espionage exercise. But it’s actually more of a Western than anything else. Sure, they’re attempting to undercut Cohen’s massive ring, which includes drugs, gambling and nightclubs. But it’s never very slick or easy.
It was a smart writing choice to have the squad’s first encounter with Cohen’s business end up with two of the good (and undercover) guys in jail. The squad boys were working with a bare-bones crew, and Cohen owned the city of Burbank — and all of its officers. So let them try to trash the casino, fail and land in jail — and allow a jailbreak scene to unfold that is both smart and funny.
But what happens when you can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys?
“War taught us how to fight,” Brolin’s O’Mara says more than halfway through the film. “And God knows it was worth it. But now it’s all I know how to do.”
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