Gangster Squad (2013) Movie Review
Released : Jan. 11th, 2013
Reviewed : Feb. 3rd, 2013
Genre : Action
Story (from IMDB) :
Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city.
So early into 2013 and we already have a contender for the one of the best movies of the year.
Based off true events I’ll say as some things may be over done you have the mobster Mickey Cohen who tried taking control of LA facing against the Gangster Squad who were a small man made task force assigned to take him down by any means. That meaning no badges, no rules, and no one will ever know who you are or what you’ve done. This all makes for a extremely engaging and interesting story. Watching the rise of Mickey Cohen is interesting along with watching one man make his “Gangster Squad” from a bunch of misfits into a specialized team. That along side the time and culture is great. You get the entire 40’s vibe to it from the music, clubs, and looks.
This film doesn’t stray from the violence though and just like last years hit “Lawless” this movie brings it in often and graphic. Many people are shot and shoot outs are a common thing. The fist fights in particular are brutal. The film isn’t all violence though and does have its points of emotion thrown in for good measure.
One of the biggest parts to this movie that really pushes it over the top is the cast. Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen is great as a bad guy mobster. His over the top almost eccentric portrayal of a man wanting complete control and power is great. Josh Brolin as Sgt. John O’Mara is a masterpiece role I believe. Brolin plays the lead cop whos job it is to take down Cohen and build his team. He has the tough guy look to him already and plays it well. You really see him start to do whatever it will take no matter the danger it will put him or anyone in just to bring down Cohen. Ryan Gosling plays the good looking role for the Gangster Squad but at the same time he also plays what I though his role in Drive should of been as the violent guy who has no problem killing or beating someone down. Emma Stone plays the love interest who falls for Gosling. This actually really added to the film I thought since Stone was the love interest for Cohen as well. Really gave the story that extra personal twist to it.
This is one film that I really can’t stress enough that everyone should watch. Will it be one of the best movies of 2013, no doubt. Will it become a cult hit for the gangster genre, again, no doubt. This is a must see.