Gangster Squad a Mediocre Film

Posted on February 6, 2013 by

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Gangster Squad is a drama based on the true story about the taking down of Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and the undercover police who did so.

In the beginning, the audience is introduced to Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), a guerrilla soldier from World War II who is dedicated to stopping Cohen’s reign over Los Angeles, and the five other members who will help him with this suicidal task.

This movie is nothing really special; in fact, it is nearly forgettable. I agree with Connie Ogle of the Miami Herald when she said, “It’s the cinematic equivalent of Bon Jovi’s You Give Love a Bad Name: You know in your heart it’s a crappy song, and every wince-inducing line is an affront to your intelligence, but hey, it’s on the radio, so you turn up the volume and sing along anyway.”

Plus, the film also has underdeveloped characters. I would love to know more about how the cowboy and ‘Navidad’ got to work together and just a bit more from each character, like we did with Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) and Sgt. O’Mara.

The R rating seems appropriate because some of the best parts of the entire movie were also some of the most gruesome. For example, a man is at one point tied between two cars and pulled apart.

The storyline is a bit confusing, going between wanting to be a really good action-drama and wanting to be a mindless violent action movie, but the worst part of the entire movie was that there was not enough of Emma Stone for my liking.
I did like that during some of the dyer parts of the movie, one or two of the characters would make a witty remark, engulfing the theater with laughter.

Overall, Gangster Squad was a mediocre movie with a lot of violence, police corruption, and underdeveloped characters.

This movie was a modest success at the box office, grossing $17.1 million dollars opening weekend.

According to the very popular website “Rotten Tomatoes,” the movie was a flop, with critics giving this movie a 33%, which still seems a bit harsh.

I’ll give it a 62% because of the lack of development of the characters and because the score was too modern in some of the fight scenes. The cinematography during some of the fights scenes reminded me too much of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes in the way the picture was slowed down when someone was hit and then sped up again.

I recommend that you do watch it at least once, but wait until it hits Redbox later this year.

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