Written October 21, 2014
This was a really entertaining movie and definitely spurred a great crowd experience in the theater! If you just want a great night to relax and be entertained this is a great movie for men and women of any age. I was really surprised at how funny it was yet still captured the enchantment and intrigue of all gangster/mob movies.
Written October 23, 2014
The film was good, very entertaining, definitely worth the time and money spent in the theater. The story was decent, there were a few holes in it, places where you question, couldn't they have done something other than that, but its almost one of those, you see the trailer you know whats gonna happen. There weren't really any surprises or amazing moments but it should have you on the edge of your seat for most of the movie. Sean Penn was great, Ryan Gosling was decent, he kinda sounded like "Micky Doyle" from Boardwalk Empire, but at parts the high-pitched accent was in and out.
Written January 30, 2015
Vigilante brigade strives to rid Los Angles of its Jewish mobster, “Mickey Cohen”; a plastic caricature by Sean Penn. It is 1949 and a corps of terrific actors comprise the “squad”; they had to have had a riotous time making this “B” movie about lawless LA and cops gone rogue, cauterizing Cohen’s notorious cabal of amoral thugs. If you are in the mood for a “shoot ‘em up”, good versus evil scenario “Gangster Squad” satisfies the craving. This is the time of year when we are smothered with insufferable fluff; mindless violence (concur with filmmaker Charles Evered about the unnecessary, ubiquitous, “mushrooming of mayhem”) vampire mania, a plethora of exorcist candidates, taunting, crippling comprehension; escapism at the remedial level...
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written January 20, 2013
Gangster squad is moderately entertaining. It is bullet ridden and angry and filled with tough talk. There really isn't much to it other than watching the beautiful Emma Stone bantering with Ryan Gosling which comprises the best parts the movie. In between these scenes there is nothing but tough sounding banter between Sean Penn and the Cops and guns firing with infinite bullets.
Written March 26, 2015
What I expected this film to be and what it is are very different. I was very pleasantly suprised by this film. The great actors in it raise it to a deeper emotional level than most good guy cops against wicked gangster films. Each of the star actors makes specific, distinct character behavioral and emotional choices which increase the intensity of the script which is very simple and basic. We have seen it before in many films but in this one the cast raises it up so it was impossible for me not get deeply emotionally involved in the film and the characters. Most memorable is the horrible violence and reminders of people who have been and still are cut down and give their lives to fight for the right and good. Sean Penn is incredibly, disturbingly intense making his bad guy easy to despise. The vivid colors used and dark noir quality made this an exciting, intense & disturbing experience, which suits the fact that this war reallly did happen!