Written July 28, 2016
An entertaining movie if you enjoy action films with a lot of violence. The sets and costumes recreate LA in the late 40s very well. The special effects are designed to enhance the violent scenes and do the job.
Sean Penn always gives a good performance, but the script doesn't require deep acting from the cast, the story is pretty weak and predictable as written. Penn gets to rant and rage, Brolin is good for outrage and bombast, Goslin for cool...
Remembering this is a movie, the writer and director have distorted and/or omitted key facts and details of what really happened between Cohen and the LA cops for dramatic effect...but it doesn't really matter...this film is very much a soufflé..
Written June 27, 2016
It surprised me. My husband loves gangster-type movies... I have a tendency to shy away from period movies like this. I was pleasantly surprised how grabbed me and kept my attention. Great acting, especially by Sean Penn. He never ceases to amaze me how he is absorbed into the character. You forget he is an actor.
Go see it. A bit bloody, but that is to be expected with this genre.
Written July 03, 2015
I went to this movie today and I had a great time there was laughing and interesting tidbits about the movie that I didn't know and I live in LA.
Written September 01, 2015
very good movie but extremely violent. my husband and brother loved it! my sister in law, girlfriend and myself liked it alot but felt it was extremely violent and almost disturbing.
Written May 04, 2016
After seeing the previews I was very excited when it was released. It met my expectations. I like the time period, the costumes. Loved Emma Stone in the Jessica Rabbit dress. Josh Brolin was the perfect stoic (just as he was in MIB3) and the only person I could think of besides Sean Penn to play psycho gangster would be Joe Pesci (ala Casino) but he's too old. Penn was perfect. A little on the gory side which reminded me of a Lionsgate film. Recommend it.