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Brilliantly and stylishly recreated story set in Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by a determined sergeant (Josh Brolin) pull off a hard fight against a local mobster. As sergeant John O'Mara happily married to pregnant Connie O'Mara (Mireille Enos, though Amy Adams and Kate Winslet were considered to play her) is assigned by Chief W.H. Parker (Nick Nolte, who portrays, previously played the leader of the gangster squad in Mulholland Falls) to enlist a brave group (Jamie Foxx and Bryan Cranston were considered for the roles but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with their other movies). As they work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) who runs the city. O'Mara chooses 4 officers (Robert Patrick, Anthony McKee, Giovanni Rivisi, Michael Peña) and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling, though Adam Brody, Joel Edgerton, Luke Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were on the short list for the part) to join him but he is not interested, but when he witnesses a killing, he joins them. Then, Wooters falls in love for Mickey Cohen's girlfriend called Grace Faraday (Emma Stone, though Teresa Palmer, Camilla Belle, Aly Michalka, Lily Collins, Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried and Maggie Grace auditioned for this character). The flick was partially based on real events : In the movie, the Gangster Squad is assembled to go after Mickey Cohen. However, in real life Chief W.H. Parker set up the squad to prevent other gangsters from taking over Cohen's rackets after Cohen went to prison on income tax evasion. Whenever the squad learned that out-of-town gangsters were coming to Los Angeles to try to set up new operations, the Gangster Squad would kidnap them, beat them up and then send them back to wherever they came from with the warning that if they ever returned, they would be killed. Other films dealing with this famous gangster Mickey Cohen are the followings : Bugsy (1991) played by Harvey Keitel, Fallen Angels (1993) played by James Woods, The Rat Pack (1998) (TV) played by Alan Woolf, L.A.
For entertainment value Gangster Squad is hard to beat. For quality it is a bit shaky. If you are a fan of this historical era of what Sean Penn can do, you owe yourself a trip to the theater to see this film. But for those already scarred by Mickey Cohen, Gangster Squad is not recommended.
The movie is rated R for a reason and it reeks of it. It's got good performances, good direction, and an assured cast. The violence is brutal and explicit and that's not something you want to see when you're a kid. It's not for families of any kind. This is a popcorn movie and if you're looking for something a bit more thought provoking, an intelligent romp, or an event movie, look elsewhere.The movie plays like a gangster film but it does it in such a way that it's more than just a shoot 'em up. Penn brings a ton of personality to the role. He helps make the movie stand out from the pack of other films like this. It's tough and violent but also humor is had in many places. This is a movie that has a lot to say and one that deserves a second look. Recommended for those who enjoy this kind of film. I'd give it a strong A if I could.Gangster Squad is currently playing at Landmark's Century.As I write this the Landmark Century is showing the movie from 1/24/13 to 1/30/13. 827ec27edc