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Gangster Squad, 2013.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer.

Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte and Josh Pence.


A 1940s crime tale about the rise and fall of gangster Mickey Cohen.

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed Gangster Squad, but it is far from spectacular.  It's not even 'great', it's just... enjoyable.

One of the problems that stuck out to me the most was how nothing was ever given time to develop.  Not a single character, nor plot point, is given room to breathe and develop any substance.  Everything is a shallow caricature of something which should have more substance; Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) is a hardened war veteran, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a vicious man - it's all told and shown to us in quick glimpses, nothing is ever given any depth.

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