More Sites

Gangster Squad Reviews

Our Review

Penn, Gosling, and lots of posing

Dale Rolfe, MovieFix
A showdown flick between a covert cop squad and the gangsters that rule Los Angeles in 1949, Gangster Squad relishes in set detail and is loaded with talent – but it checks drama and subtlety at the door.

Gangster Squad is a loosely based depiction of the savage war for Los Angeles between mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and a small outfit of rule breaking lawmen sent to smash up his empire.

War hero John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) pulls the squad together from the small list of uncorrupted cops left in the city, including drinking and womanising Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) and brains man Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi), embarking on a violent off-the-books assault of Cohen's prostitution, gambling and drug rackets.

Amid the mayhem, Emma Stone's Gracie, Cohen's moll, is a ravishing, slinky distraction.

For all the sex and violence the trailer offers, the full experience is less satisfying as director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) blusters through the drama from shoot-out to explosion to one-liner to shoot-out.

The superb cast wear the hell out of their fedoras but are left standing in the background without much to do. Sean Penn's seething, ropey psychopath is so excessive as to become farcical and the violence is as subtle as a drill to the head, which incidentally is the fate of one of Cohen's lackeys.

Gangster Squad is LA Confidential redrawn in comic-book frames, and while completely enjoyable, is totally forgettable.

Watch the trailer here

Add a review

My Rating
Name
Movie Buzz
Last:
24 hours
7 days
The most anticipated movies on MovieFix
    Biggest Movers
    What is Movie Buzz?
    What is Movie Buzz?
    MovieBuzz rates which movies are trending within the MovieFIX community.
    Movie Buzz Ratings overview
    You can choose if you "Want to see" or are "Not Interested" in seeing the movie on the Homepage trailer player, or in the Movie Information page. After 20 votes, we tally these scores and create a percentage of how many people "Want to see" that movie.
    Movie Buzz Voting overview
    We then take these scores and display the highest percentages in MovieBuzz. MovieBuzz only features movies from their trailer release to two weeks after they have released in cinemas. You can see the rankings on a 24 hour or a 7 day basis (use the radio buttons near the title to switch views).
    'Like' TheFIX on Facebook!Get your daily hit of celebrity, movies, TV and music news and join the conversation. 'Like' TheFIX on Facebook.