Gangster Squad

 Now this film has a great cast; such as Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn and when watching it the camera has that sort of 1940s film style/colour shade to it (if you watch it you’ll know what I mean) but the problem for me with the film is the plot. Penn who plays Mickey Cohen moves to LA so he can run it after ruling Chicago, he tortures a few people in gruesome ways and has an idea to get a lot of money and then rule LA, by the wires from Chicago to LA, call-phones and casinos (I couldn’t really grasp how it worked when in the cinema) and the police try to capture Cohen and stop him (they can’t kill him because others gangsters will take his place in trying to get the call-phone idea). My problem was that having Mickey Cohan rule LA was meant to be horror and really bad for LA but when Cohen looked like his idea was about to work and he would get a lot of money and rule LA, I didn’t feel like LA was really threatened – it was just a gangster getting money. Some policemen and Brolin’s character’s wife said it would ruin LA but I couldn’t see how, the film never showed the public being scared or nervous about Cohen. The cast was superb, but to me, my problem with the film was that I didn’t get a feel that if Cohen’s plan did work that LA was under threat.

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2 thoughts on “Gangster Squad

  1. “…camera has that sort of 1940s film style/colour shade to it (if you watch it you’ll know what I mean)…”

    As in – wild guess here – something resembling a movie poster or book/magazine cover from that period?

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