Gangster Squad (Film Review)

Feb 2, 2013
From the director of '30 Minutes or Less' comes Gangster Squad??
Mob films are genuinely one of the most awesome genre and probably my favorite. I grew up watching films like Reservoir Dogs, The Godfather trilogy, and L.A. Confidential. What made me like the genre is its timeless and for how many generations come, it will still looked the same way. In this newest offering by Warner Bros., Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad brings back mob films in the market and I thought it pretty make a good job reincorporating the classic '50s gangster films we all love.

It was set in the year 1949 and stars Sean Penn as the mob leader Mickey Cohen. He is known for being a former boxer and the one who runs Los Angeles. That being said, it's not enough to intimidate Sgt. O' Hara. To keep L.A. safe from the ruthless mob, O' Hara and other LAPD officers formed a secret group and it called the "Gangster Squad".

The film as of now, received somewhat negative reviews and a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I don't know why the film is treated that way since I had one awesome time watching it. It is one of the most entertaining mob film I have seen lately, and that is coming from someone who directed 'Zombieland'. Which is kinda funny because there's some few Zombieland moments that made the film even more enjoyable. Including an slo-mo shooting sequence, which I thought was kinda weird.

Performances were likely a so-so. Sean Penn is over-the-top and looking silly as the ruthless Mickey Cohen.  He instantly remind me of Al Pacino's Big Boy Caprice in 'Dick Tracy'. The prosthetic was fine but the way he speaks doesn't live up to my expectations because he was a good actor. Ryan Gosling wasn't as stiff in Drive as it is in the movie. He made this weird voice which doesn't fit for the movie, but overall I think he still did a great job.

If there's two reasons you should watch this movie, it probably would be Josh Brolin and Robert Patrick. They're both bad-asses and sometimes brings humor to the movie. Emma Stone is also here, which was poorly developed and she could have done more better with her role.

I don't want to get more further with this movie, but I thought it was an entertaining mob film but it wasn't that great as it should been.

'Gangster Squad' is another entertaining piece from 'Zombieland' director Ruben Fleischer. Performances by Brolin and Patrick are to look forward too but for some, it doesn't set the bar right. For short, it could had been better.

The geek rates it 7.5/10. I will be back next week for my reviews for Mama and Hitchcock.

Gangster Squad is rated R-13 and now showing nationwide.


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