Good gangster fun but not a touch on 'The Untouchables'...
4 July 2013
Summary: In 'Gangster Squad', director Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland') doesn't so much pay homage to Brian de Palma's The Untouchables' (1987) as rip it off wholesale. But where de Palma's movie was a loving homage and a brutal updating of the Warner gangster flicks of old, 'Gangster Squad' is a far less complex affair. Bad guy (an over-the-top and overly made-up Sean Penn) must be stopped by the good guys - led by chisel-chinned shotgun-wielding boy scout, Josh Brolin.
Summary: I liked it! I went into the theatre expecting a lot of shooting and not much else, I got the shooting AND some real fancy camera shots and enough pace to keep me interested all the way through! Brolin is real good and Gosling is excellent as always!
Summary: ***1.5 out of 5*** Wow...what the hell did I just watch? Not only does Gangster Squad leave you questioning exactly what type of film it wants to be, but its also ends up being a pretty damn appauling and very disappointing film. The thing I'm hearing a lot so far is 'it looked great, it really looked like 1949". OK, yes I agree the details from the costumes to the set design to the cars and various other props were as spot on as possible.
Summary: Loved the script loved the casting loved the costumes loved the special effects. Was expecting more gore and expecting an ending that was less cheesy but all in all I loved it and wish there was more gangster movies made, much more often!
Summary: So I went to this movie expecting the worst and I have to say it really wasn't that bad. Josh is a bad ass. Emma is hot. Ryan is hot. Sean is maybe a bit too Dick Tracy. Mireille is the same as she was in The Killing, and the rest of the cast were cool. Its not on the same level as the great gangster films of yester-year but its a more than ok action blockbuster.....more like a Boardwalk Empire styled movie than a Scarface-esque epic.
Summary: Gangster Squad isn't anything extraordinary, but there's still lots of fun to be had. The cast is excellent. Sean Penn, one of the best reasons to see this, plays Mickey Cohen, the most feared gangster in Los Angeles. Josh Brolin also nails it as Sgt. John O'Mara, an honest cop who gathers a team to stop Mickey Cohen's crime wave and bring justice. I love Ryan Gosling and I can wait to see him in The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling plays himself as Sgt.
Summary: Gangster Squad Very graphic and surprisingly like 'Avengers' in the begining on the recruitment drive. Wonderful actors Josh Brolin - the guy that played the young Tommy Lee Jones in MIB3 as the Squad leader, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, all played well and the 1949 sets, cars, dress were amazing, I felt this really put you in the scene.
Conclusion: "This isn't Chicago". yells Sean Penn."it's the Wild West!" The first five minutes of Gangster Squad more than proves this, as a luckless thug chained between two vehicles is torn in half then fed to the dogs. Another gets his fingers sliced off in an elevator fight. And a room full of goons get punched, stabbed, beaten and shot. This is just what we want from a Gangster movie.After this breathless opening.
Conclusion: Watched this in the cinema because there was nothing else on, and wasn't expecting much based on the trailer i'd seen. I was massively surprised how much I enjoyed it! The cast is great, Brolin and Penn are phenomenal in it, and the story plays out really well. As the other reviewer mentioned it has a similar theme to Untouchables but this has more violence. But not just violence for violence's sake, the whole film looks really raw and authentic.
Conclusion: Based on a true story, a group of cops join together to take down real life gangster Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn. The movie has action from the get go, once it begins there's punches swinging and bullets flying. The story begins to form, a group of average cops all need to come together in the hope of taking out the big gangster on campus.