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Gangster Squad

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gangster Squad


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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, guns, and if he has his way, every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop, except for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders who come together to try and tear Cohen's world apart.
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; directed by Ruben Fleischer ; written by Will Beall ; produced by Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross
Title: Gangster squad
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Bros. Entertainment,, [2013]
Edition: Rental ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Jan 17, 2014
  • JMGP rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Twenty minutes in, about the time when an Avenger-esque team was being assembled, I said, "Hey, I like this movie." The characters are interesting, the plot takes unexpected turns and I wanted to see how everything turned out. The movie is very stylized, with a comic book quality to it: "Roger Rabbit" meets "The Untouchables". As a result the characters fulfill stereotypical roles. I do warn that it is extremely violent. Sean Penn's character employs vicious methods of revenge. The ending is a big disappointment - cliche and overly sentimental.

Report This Nov 27, 2013
  • Matisse rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

There are some really good things about this movie. Then there are some very lame things. It falls into formula, anything original or interesting disappears. I yelled several times at the tv, "Oh come on, give me a break." It's that kind of movie.

Report This Nov 26, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. Very predictable but still entertaining.

Report This Oct 29, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a killer neo-noir, reminiscent of "Dick Tracy", or "The Untouchables", as another suggested, with spot-on casting. Brolin and Penn were perfect arch-enemies; both ideally suited in their respective good vs. evil roles (Penn makes quite a convincing sociopathic thug). Frog-throated, craggy Nick Nolte as the police chief with a hidden agenda; a sultry Emma Stone as the tasty tomato; submachine guns, right crosses, and left hooks galore. Loved it. My kinda movie. FIVE STARS.

Report This Oct 26, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This sort of a comic book version of underground cops against Mickey Cohen, a mobster trying to take over Los Angeles. All the main actors (Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling) bring new voices to the movie sorta like Daniel Day Lewis in “Lincoln” or “There will be Blood.” It was crazy and enjoyable, but not that serious or deep. I’m not sure the director meant to make such a campy movie.

Report This Sep 09, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I did enjoy this stylish period 40's L.A. gangster flick. Impressive cast, but acting really isn't the draw here (no one really puts in a fantastic performance) it is the action and the costumes/sets (this is a very good looking movie). Definitely hits the film noir buttons, but not as effectively as the Black Dahlia. For a mobster vs lawmen (sort of like the Untouchables) flick it is a good one.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Scarface" clashed with "Magnum Force", a team of hard boiled L.A. police squad formed solely to stop mob king Cohen from taking over the city of Angels.

Report This Aug 13, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I did enjoy this stylish period 40's L.A. gangster flick. Impressive cast, but acting really isn't the draw here (no one really puts in a fantastic performance) it is the action and the costumes/sets (this is a very good looking movie). Definitely hits the film noir buttons, but not as effectively as the Black Dahlia. For a mobster vs lawmen (sort of like the Untouchables) flick it is a good one.

Report This Jul 28, 2013
  • maddens rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good worth watch,it true story,lot of action

Report This Jun 20, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Based on a book Gangster Squad is a violent and stylized telling of the conflict between mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and the LAPD in 1949. Mickey has taken control of all mob activities in LA against the wishes of the Chicago mob. The LAPD Chief (Nick Nolte) realizes he's in a losing battle and decides to sanction an off the books squad of tough guy cops to harass Mickey's operations. The squad is led by Sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and includes five other LA cops. One of those cops, Sergeant Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) is also having an affair with Mickey Cohen's arm candy (Emma Stone). Gangster Squad is extremely violent and a bit over the top. However, the excellent cast and the feeling of the the era makes for an entertaining movie.

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Report This Nov 26, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

Report This Nov 26, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

Report This Oct 29, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sgt. Jerry Wooters: (to Sgt. John O'Mara): "Do you really wanna win this thing or do you wanna die tryin'? Don't get me wrong -- I love shootin' gangsters in the legs just as much as the next guy..."

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