Sound Off: Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
January 11, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? No names. No badges. No mercy. After being delayed from October last year, and revised after the Aurora tragedy, the Los Angeles-set police drama Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer, is now out in theaters. Josh Brolin stars as Sgt. O'Mara, the head of an unofficial cop squad assigned to take down mobster Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn. The rest of the squad includes: Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena with Giovanni Ribisi. But is it any good? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Gangster Squad.
To load this tommy gun full of lead, I think Gangster Squad was a hell of a lot of fun, pure gangster cinema, worth it for the action scenes and shootouts alone. Josh Brolin is the best part about it, or so I think. He really brings together not only the rest of the Gangster Squad crew, but he's a formidable opponent to an otherwise incredibly vile, bad guy. Sean Penn did a solid job playing Mickey Cohen, and causes enough of a ruckus to bring together a badass group of cops. However, the story doesn't carry much weight, more the style and action than the script. Often times I was a bit bored by the relationships, waiting to get to the next action set piece. Speaking of which, the final shootout made up for everything, a totally badass grand finale.
What did you think of Gangster Squad? One of the best mobster movies, or an empty mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!