Gangster Squad is an action crime film starring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, among others. Originally set for a September 7, 2012 release, the film was moved to 2013 in wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting.
The villain here is Sean Penn, whose character Mickey Cohen is the mob king of Los Angeles. Josh Brolin’s John O’Mara gathers a small squad of men hand-picked by his wife in order to stop Cohen’s imminent control of the whole state. Sean Penn plays a great villain in this film and the rest of the cast is perfectly fit for their roles. Although I wasn’t a big fan of Stone and Gosling’s onscreen pair before seeing the movie, I was swayed otherwise yesterday night. Word of advice: if you’re not one for gore, especially tons of blood, then this film is not for you. All this is due to the numerous exchange of gunfire, as a gangster film is expected to be filled with. Here’s what I liked about the movie:
- Edge-of-your-seat plot.
- Gorgeous actresses (Emma Stone and Mireille Enos)
- Great cast.
- Deaths, blood, gunfights (?), etc.
- The 40s/50s setting.
I haven’t looked up whether this movie was filmed in 48fps in certain action shots but they weren’t bothersome. They seemed a bit realistic but it’s nothing distracting. It is safe to say that the movie theater shooting scene was removed, as announced a while back. The scene which replaced it is intense and possibly better.
Even though this film was postponed and forced to re-shoot scenes, the overall product was eye-popping (err, great!) Go watch it!
Gangster Squad is in theaters this Friday, January 11.
Sorry for the extremely short take but that’s all I can say about this film. Go watch this and Zero Dark Thirty tomorrow!