Synopsis: Tasked with taking d0wn a notorious mob boss in 1940’s Los Angeles, the Gangster Squad set about destroying Mickey Cohen’s business ventures and his ability to ruin the city. As far as these guys are concerned, drugs, illegal gambling and murder are off the menu.
Main Cast: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie
The Hype: Originally set for release last year, events at a Batman screening in a cinema in Colorado pushed the film back to an early January release instead. I firmly believe that those tragic events made sure that this movie missed out on some Oscar nominations, but it was done for all the right reasons. The violent nature of the film could also have dented its success.
What I Thought: I was thoroughly entertained watching this movie. Essentially when you break it down, Gangster Squad is a loose remake of The Untouchables. However, that didn’t take anything away from the story and the quality of the cast was certainly enough in the first place to get my attention. It’s funny, every time I see Josh Brolin on-screen these days, I can’t help but think that he really is Tommy Lee Jones’ lovechild, lol. Performances from the entire cast are excellent although there wasn’t any one actor that stood out for me, it’s an ensemble thing here, much like LA Confidential was in terms of acting prowess. The look of the film is nice aswell and although the film is violent I don’t think there was anything on there that we hadn’t seen before in a gangster type film.
Conclusions: There have been better gangster movies made in the past, but this movie is nicely produced, the story is basic, but entertaining and the cast is a great group of actors that are doing some very good work of late. Brolin has certainly ventured further onto my radar in recent years.