Becky and I went to see the new movie Gangster Squad at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO last week. The Fandango website at Gangster Squad describes the movie as follows…
“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. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time...”
The Review: Gangster Squad is based on a true story about a mob boss, who was taking over Los Angeles in the late 1940’s. It is a really violent movie and shows how ruthless the thugs were during the Mafia crime waves. Sean Penn does a really good job playing the crazy mob boss Mickey Cohen and he was an evil, self-indulgent individual in this film and in real life.
This movie has an all-star cast and the acting is good, the story is fascinating and it’s Directed much like the film that was set in the 1940’s as well, “LA Confidential”. If you liked that movie, you will probably like this one too. It is very violent, so be aware of that, but it’s a gangster film and that’s expected. If anything, it will show you that the “good ol’ days” were not really any better than today with gang violence and evil people trying to take over portions of society and often succeeding.
The Gangster Squad is a group of cops who were commissioned by their boss to fight violence without putting on the badge, but by working as undercover cops. They were allowed to be as ruthless as the gangsters themselves and that issue comes up in the film that they are not any better than the gangsters themselves. The critics hated this movie, but the fans seem to like it and I have to agree with the fans on this one. Becky and I both liked it and thought it was well done.
We both thought that it was worth the price of admission. We’re giving it a Worth The Trip.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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