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Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town... that is until a crew of LAPD officers led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) wage war on his empire.
Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes.
Some of the clothes and makeup feel as glossy as paint, but, those aside, we seem to browsing through a display of secondhand goods.
It might sound like a stretch, imagining Penn playing that intense, indiosyncratic a villain. But the lauded, veteran actor pulls a left hook, then a right, and after a wild bodyshot at the tail...
Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall can't decide whether to make a spoof or a serious drama, so they wrongheadedly attempt both.
Gangster Squad" is a highly stylized, pulp-fiction period piece based on true events.
Despite a cast of gifted actors, lush 1940s production design and suave costumes, it's bereft of inspiration, plowing familiar terrain past the point of tedium to impatience.
Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes.
0 stars for rent only Update: you can now buy on GPlay. Still not a classic gangster movie. Sean Penn is weak. Brolin should've been the lead, or anyone other than Penn. Historically inaccurate. Wikipedia Mickey & you'll see...Alcatraz... Sean Penn is whack, but this movie is pretty good even though it's slightly inaccurate. Brolin is awesome. You can purchase it on Amazon.
Awesome People who rate this movie less than 3 stars and say it "sucked" must have something wrong with them. This is a great movie from start to finish, the action was there and it was different from the original type gangster movie. Sean Penn played an awesome role as the bad guy, mad props. It was nice to see Ryan Gosling play a role with more than 3 lines, cough cough *Drive.* I am unsure of how people rate movies but, this is an A+ in my book. If you think this movie sucks, chances are you probably suck.
High expectations, but disappointed Flow of this movie seemed off. Seems like they didn't spend enough time developing what they were doing to all of the members of the squad questioning how ethical they were being. High potential, but I think this was a miss.
Pretty much "the untouchables" The only thing that save it are the fact that this film never takes it self to serious and it move at a nice pace and never stalls plus Sean Penn as a ganster is fun to watch.
Great film with an All Star Cast! There was never a dull Moment! This review might be a little biased because I am a Sean Penn fanatic. I gave it 4 stars because it was a little "cliché" if you know what I mean.
Disappointed, but not entirely This movie was subpar. Not surprising after the less than inspiring trailer I saw last year. If you're looking for a gangster movie with a great cast I'd recommend seeing it...once is enough.
A badly directed movie with a predictable story made watching this movie an absolute drag I found myself disconnected from the movie from the very beginning. I didn't care what happened to the characters and was waiting for it to end so I could leave the theater. A truly dreadful movie that left me disappointed.
Not good at any point This movie wants to be like The Untouchables, but it won't be, it can't be. There isn't much of a story, the characters are all flat and not developed, nothing there to pull you in or keep you entertained.
Loved it About time they made a good mob movie again. Almost reminds you of this generation's Untouchables, Penn, Brolin, Gosling and Stone are excellent. I don't see why people don't like it, if you're a mob movie fan then So yourself a favor and watch this movie
Great neo noir If you are a fan of neo noir style films, you're likely to love this one. Reminiscent of LA Confidential and The Untouchables, this movie has a good story and inviting characters. It doesn't follow history much but that's the problem with a period piece.
Gangster Squad Movie By far one of the best movies created in the modern world. Gangster Squad had a spectacular plot and cast, not to mention setting the movie in my favorite historical time period. Hands up amazing movie!
A terrific ensemble cast powers this fast-paced action-adventure based on the true story of the rise of organized crime in America. Mobsters traces the daring exploits of four close friends growing up in the 1920s New York: the charming 'Lucky' Luciano (Christian Slater), the savvy Meyer Lansky (Patrick Dempsey), the headstrong 'Bugsy' Siegel (Richard Grieco) and the diplomatic Frank Costello (Costas Mandylor). From their humble beginnings, they formed an impenetrable bond that led them to the top of the underworld in this visually stunning film co-starring the sultry Lara Flynn Boyle and Oscar-winning actors F. Murray Abraham and Anthony Quinn.
Los Angeles, 1953. Just beneath the glamorous veneer of Hollywood gossip and movie stars lies a crime-ridden city corrupt to its core. Now, while investigating a brutal murder, three very different police detectives will rediscover a common bond of integrity in the blockbuster film noir thriller L.A. Confidential.
Academy Award® winner Dustin Hoffman stars in the action-packed gangster epic detailing the rise and fall of notorious mobster Dutch Schultz as seen through the eyes of his young protégé, Billy Bathgate. Billy, an ambitious streetwise kid seduced by the power, money, and glamour of crime, soon begins to seriously question if his passport to the good life is going to come from the fiery Dutch and his gang! Critically acclaimed and co-starring Bruce Willis and Nicole Kidman, BILLY BATHGATE delivers motion picture excitement you won't want to miss!
Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don't steal from people who can't afford it and don't hurt people who don't deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to Palm Beach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who's short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean. Also starring Michael Chiklis. 2013 Incentive Film Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Working undercover is a job. And an attitude. A mad dog narco cop blurs the line between cop and criminal as he mentors an idealistic rookie partner during his Training Day. MPAA Rating: R 2001 Warner Bros. Pictures - U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda
Nightclub performers Eadie and Joey Collins must deal with mob intimidation amid the backdrop of a criminal underworld that has overrun civil society. The 1930s national crime syndicate, dubbed Murder Incorporated, is headed by Louie Lepke and Albert Anastia. Lepke hires hit man Abe Reles, the leader of the notorious Brownsville gang, to handle contract killings exclusively for Lepke and his mob. When nightclub singer Joey can't pay back a $300 loan to Reles, he must do the mobster's bidding or be killed. Joey soon fingers Walter Sage, a Catskill nightclub owner and comedian who has tried to move in on illegal gambling in competition with the mob. Walter Sage then becomes Reles' first victim. Joey and Eadie try and try, but cannot seem to rid themselves from the clutches of Reles and the mob.
The critics and public agree. Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is a must-see masterpiece - glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago... and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. This classic confrontation between good and evil and stars Kevin Costner as federal agent Eliot Ness, Robert De Niro as gangland kingpin Al Capone and Sean Connery as Malone, the cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob: shoot fast and shoot first.
The film focuses on the war of two gangs in 1930s Harlem for the control of illegal gaming - one headed by black strategic godfather Bumpy Johnson and another by white ruthless hothead Dutch Schultz. Negotiations proposed by white syndicate boss Lucky Luciano never get under way, blood flows and Johnson gets jailed. When Johnson is paroled, he gets the work of enforcer for mighty Stephanie "The Queen" St. Clair. She is also jailed for racketeering and when she leaves she makes him promise "no violence".
New York City detectives Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards® in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.
Gangsters never refer to themselves as gangsters. They are made-men, wiseguys or Goodfellas. Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese exposes the fascinating, mysterious and violent underworld of New York's Mafia families through the life of insider Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he rises from smalltime thug to mobster under the guidance of Jimmy Conway (Academy Award winner Robert De Niro) in this searing, epic crime drama based on the chilling true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi.