Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gangster Squad 2013

Gangster Squad      Los Angeles has been taken over by a power-hungry East Coast mobster.  Mickey Cohen is a former boxer born in Brooklyn with a reputation and the respect of the Italian mob.  Many of the judges and police chiefs plus regular policeman have been bought by Cohen to look the other way.   Chief Parker is the one of the honest few and he asks Sgt. John O’Mara to assemble a task force to burn Cohen’s empire to the ground.  Everyone who goes against Cohen is in danger including their families.  This is the 40’s and the time of the Tommy gun named after the 1919 inventor, John T. Thompson.  Clips provide a high volume of ammunition.
     This movie is just OK, instead of expert plans they are flying by the seat of their pants the entire way.  They get lucky in the beginning and have some success but Cohen is a formidable opponent and he has a lot of manpower behind him.  3* (This movie is OK) 
113 min, Drama directed by Ruben Fleischer with Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Robert.

Note:  Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 6.8 out of 10, 32% critic 60% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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