Written August 22, 2014
First off, I would advise anyone who read "critic" reviews to simply ignore them, as they gave this movie pretty bad reviews. I went with my wife today, expecting just an ok movie, but found myself really enjoying this movie, and wondered why critics didnt like it for what it was. There are alot of top name actors in this movie, and they all equally pulled their parts and did great jobs. This movie is based around ganster Mickey Cohen, and the group of police that formed together to take him and his mafia type out of Las Angelas. This movie was inspired by true events, in otherwords, the story is going to be doctored up some to make for a better movie, I'm not sure of the whole story on how he was taken down, but found the movie to be entertaining in the way he was taken down none the less. This all happened in the 1940/50's era, and they did a great job depicting that time on film. I'd recommend seeing this movie, and would give it 3 out of 4 stars myself, enjoy :)
Written October 24, 2014
Based on the trailer and the subject material, I assumed Gangster Squad would be a story driven mob movie. After noticing the sub 2 hour run time when ordering tickets, I realized it would be a lot more action driven.
Gangster Squad is a fun movie that overflows with testosterone. The plot is simple, predictable, and often cheesy. This movie exceeded the level of violence I was anticipating. That's not a bad thing.
Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin all give very respectable performances...especially when considering the script. The set designs are authentic retro.
For the record, Gangster Squad is a complete work of fiction. It in no way coincides with the life and times of the actual Mickey Cohen.
If you're looking for a quick shoot 'em up high and don't mind a predictable plot, Gangster Squad will definitely fit the bill.
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Written January 30, 2015
THIS MAY BE A FILM REEL; YET. IT HITS HOME WITH NO-HOLDS-BARRED REALISM! WASN'T THERE (JUST 2YRS OLD); BUT, SURE FELT REAL! GREAT ACTING BY SEAN PENN, WITH RYAN AND JOSH HOLDING THEIR OWN. NOW I KNOW WHY LAPD HDQ'S WAS NAMED PARKER CENTER; AND, FOR WHOM AND WHY!!!
Written August 23, 2014
Gosling and Brolin delivered really strong performances..I thought movie was just going to be a shoot em up gangster flick but the story is more deeper than that...Sean Penn gets a good nod as well...very convincing Micky Cohen...go see this movie!!!
Written March 31, 2015
The character development is so rich, the setting, costumes, & make-up so authentic, & the fight scenes spine tingling & heart pounding! I want to see this over & over!!