The Aurora shooting killed this movie. Infamously, there was a scenen in the trailer where gangsters machined gunned through a movie screen. The movie was pulled and rescheduled and eventually killed by the fallout.
But this is an excellent film. Lead by Josh Brolin and Sean Penn and larger than life gangster Mickey Cohen, it plays out over an LA in transition after the war.
PTSD, patriotism, racism greed and love all mix to give you a movie that rises to the level of epic. It is sad when out society's problem kill a great film. This is a casualty of the shooting that was not listed.
Pros well paced, great story, great actors, epic
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Gangs = LOST
PostedJanuary 29, 2013
from Springfield, MA, USA
Age:35 to 44
So sick of the gangster bull. So much wasted talent in actors and special effects. With the way crime and mass shooting are going today this type of movie is nothing short but a newer low for Hollywood and its glorification of violence.
How does a movie with this kind of great acting talent fail so miserably. The story is based upon real events and outcomes and the settings are very realistic of 1949. I have been trying to figure out why it was so bad. Must have been the script. Yeah that's it...the script.
Set in 1949 Los Angeles, "Gangster Squad" is about the Brooklyn mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Mickey Cohen runs the show in Los Angeles and he wants everyone to know it. He has judges and cops in his back pocket and believes he is untouchable, but along comes a few of LA's finest that he doesn't have in his pocket and they decide to form a squad to take Mickey and his gang down once and for all. The story unfolds from there... This is based on a true story. The timeline is good, but the story is a bit choppy. Things bounce around a bit and at times don't quite make sense. The ensemble of actors is good. The right people were picked. Sean Penn is very good as Mickey Cohen; although at times he does not come across as menacing as he should have. I love Josh Brolin and he does an excellent job of leading the charge, but alas something is missing. The movie does not hold as much excitement as the previews lead you to believe. The original opening date for this movie was September 2012, but it was moved to January 2013 and I am not sure why. "Gangster Squad" will be good to watch on Blue-Ray or DVD. Wait for it unless you have nothing else to do.
great movie don't listen to what the critics say I loved everything about it total classic gangster movie. sean penn is amazing as mickey cohen and this is one of ryan gosling's bests it really comes close to drive! it's such an outstanding cast altogether!