Gangster Squad Movie Review


Liviera Leebong

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Grade: A-

There are many students at M-A that claim to be “gangster,” but they are nothing like the gangsters in this movie. To be honest, I didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did, but I had fun watching it. Admittedly, gangster movies are a little overdone and there was nothing particularly mind blowing or different about this one, but the acting and plot were both strong, though at some points I really wasn’t sure where the movie was going. As a girl, Ryan Gosling is always a plus and as a whole, Gangster Squad had a well balanced blend of action, romance, drama, and comedy.

The story takes place in 1949 and centers around LAPD Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) as he hand picks and recruits a special squad of police officers, the mysterious “Gangster Squad,” to help him take down Brooklyn-born mob king, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Cohen rules the city of Los Angeles with his guards and the politicians and police officers he’s paid off, living in the lap of luxury with his drugs, guns, alcohol, and prostitutes. Meanwhile, O’Mara’s partner, Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), is secretly sleeping with one of Cohen’s women, Grace Faraday (Emma Stone). It’s a battle of both brains and brawn as the squad attempts to stop Cohen from taking control of every wire west of Chicago and take down one of the most ruthless and dangerous mafia bosses of all time, all while protecting their lives and the lives of those they love.

The acting was great, as was the cinematography. The movie grabbed the audience’s attention from the start and had an interesting plot. It’s a James Bond-esque type of action movie with lots of hand to hand combat on top of shoot outs. It has a little bit of something for everyone: girls and guys, couples and friends alike. However, don’t see it if you’re afraid of some blood or are looking for a “serious” movie. Also, make sure to bring ID since it’s a rated R movie.

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2 Responses to “Gangster Squad Movie Review”

  1. Tyler Finn on January 22nd, 2013 8:29 pm

    thanks for the review, i’ve seen a lot of previews for this movie and have been wondering if it is just a cookie-cutter action movie or if it is more entertaining. i’ll have to see it now!

  2. Evan on January 30th, 2013 8:46 pm

    the review helped me decide to see this movie. Quality.

Gangster Squad Movie Review