Gangster Squad | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | May 31, 2013
entertainment value
It's as if they merged all the execution scenes from the Godfather trilogy and removed the exposition. Formulaic and utterly predictable.
genre Action | Crime
synopsis Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop… except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.
lead actors Ryan Gosling | Emma Stone | Sean Penn | Josh Brolin | Nick Nolte | Giovanni Ribisi | Josh Pence | Frank Grillo | Anthony Mackie | Robert Patrick | Michael Peña | Mireille Enos | Sullivan Stapleton
director Ruben Fleischer