2013 is looking like a great year to be a film fanatic. A plethora of major movies are slated for release next year including Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Among all of the prequels, sequels, and remakes, however, there is a film all movie-goers should be talking about: Gangster Squad.
Based on a Paul Lieberman’s best-selling novel Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, The Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles, Gangster Squad is set to release on January 11th, 2013. The noire crime drama comprises an all-star cast headlined by acclaimed actors Sean Penn (Milk), Josh Brolin (True Grit), and Ryan Gosling (Drive) and is anchored by the lovely Emma Stone (The Amazing Spiderman). Other standouts among the Gangster Squad cast include actors Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, and Nick Nolte, as well as actress Mireille Enos, who has been most-recently recognized for her role as agent Lindon in AMC crime drama The Killing. Academy Award winning director of photography Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha) and acclaimed costume designer Mary Zophres (True Grit) join director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) in production of what looks to be an early “best picture” nominee.
Based on true events, Gangster Squad seeks to captivate audiences with a dark, gritty portrait of post-World-War II Los Angeles and the growing conflict between the LAPD and the East Coast Mafia, which was led by former Brooklyn-born prizefighter Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn). With heavy ties to major gambling operations throughout the U.S., Cohen became one of the most influential men in Los Angeles in the 40’s and 50’s. He was known not only for his major money-making schemes, but also for his erratic and often violent behavior. For a time, Cohen had the city in the palm of his hand – that is until a small, covert group of LAPD’s finest decided that Cohen’s reign had gone on long enough. That group came to be known as the gangster squad.
The film is a chronicle of corruption, murder, and revenge. It climbs into the realms of the L.A.’s elite, and delves into the trenches of the criminal underworld. What begins as a quiet war eventually spills out into the streets, and it is up to Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and his gangster squad to administer justice. Early trailers may bring to mind other noire films like Chinatown and the more recentL.A. Confidential, both of which garnered universal praise. If Gangster Squad lives up to expectations, it will certainly be worth the price of admission.
Gangster Squad is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and carries an R rating for strong violence and language. If the trailers are any indication, you’ll definitely want to leave your kids at home for this one!
If you are looking for an intense, adrenaline-fueled crime thriller, mark your calendars because Gangster Squad looks to have you covered. There have been no official reviews of the film as of yet, but look for them in the coming weeks. Until then, check back here for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos.
Article Written by Greg Meier
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