Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi | Written by Will Beall | Directed by Ruben Fleischer
The director of comedies Zombieland and 30 Minutes Or Less, Ruben Fleischer tackles something quite different in his star-studded crime drama Gangster Squad. Set in Los Angeles, it is inspired by the true story of a Lapd team, led by Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) that came to be known as the ‘Gangster Squad’, who’s sole aim was to take down mob boss, Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn. The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Peña.
After returning home from World War II, Los Angeles is not the city Sgt. O’Mara remembers it to be, as it falls into the power of Mickey Cohen, a East Coast gangster, adamant to control the city.