Gangster Squad – Film Review

Gangsters in classy suits, Gosling, swanky hats and style, Gosling, a storyline inspired by true events during the 1940s and 1950s and of course, Gosling. Something for everyone? Yes (but you cannot have Gosling because he is mine).
All jokes aside (sadly, I don’t even know if I am joking about that), Director Ruben Fleischer’s new film Gangster Squad is easily one of the best movies I have seen in quite some time, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t typically enjoy or sit through many action movies. However, Gangster Squad is much more than an action movie – there are thrilling moments, humour, romance, family and even a little bit of history thrown into the mix.
The film takes place in Los Angeles after WWII, where elite and feared gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show with his power and connections in the criminal underworld, buying the silence of cops and men of law in his mission to continue violent and illegal operations. It isn’t until Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte), head of LAPD forms a secret team of “misfits”, who come to be known as the Gangster Squad, to put an end to Cohen.
Though much of the appeal lies in the action scenes, I think the heart of the film can be found in the dynamic of and personalities within the Gangster Squad. The casting alone is worthy of applause.
Police Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is arguably the film’s best character. Not only is he badass, he is also a family man who, within the first ten minutes, will have you thinking, “God, he better not die.” Led and recruited by O’Mara are, Detective Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), Detective Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi), Detective Navidad Ramirez (Michael PeÃ

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