Personally, I didn’t expect much of Gangster Squad, but the movie was a pleasant surprise. The film brought us a different approach than the latest gangster movies, which were about the personal life of the characters, by concentrating less on the characters and more on the story.
Set in 1949, Gangster Squad is the true story of a secret police squad, assembled by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), to bring down Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), who controlled the whole city of Los Angeles, and was expanding his operations all the way to Chicago.
Director Ruben Fleischer and the producers did a job well done, giving us a movie full of action and violence, with a touch of the characters’ emotions nonetheless. The cast is expertly put together, with the charming and dangerous Ryan Gosling, who aced his role as Sgt. Jerry Wooters, and the lovable Robert Patrick playing an expert gunslinger called Max Kennard. Even though Emma Stone wasn’t perfect for her role, she held her own just fine. While the others did a good job, Sean Penn gives us a brilliant performance, nailing his role as an extremely dangerous and power lusting Mickey Cohen.
Better than all the recent gangster movies (the past 3 years) , Gangster Squad is a must see movie, that can be enjoyed by a large audience. With a really decent storyline, a well crafted action, and a nicely assembled cast, the movie is entertaining, touching, and inspiring.
Rating: 7.5/10 IMDb rating: 7.1/10