All member reviews for Gangster Squad

Kid, 10 years old January 13, 2013
 

GANGSTER SQUAD

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Kid, 11 years old January 23, 2013
 

Okay for pre teens but some no

Looks violent and also has strong language But mature 11 year olds can see this action packed film Which has a educational value you learn about the mob life and bad is it To now
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Parent Written byShivom Oza January 10, 2013
 

Gangster Squad (2013) Review by Shivom Oza – Enthralling Actioner!

3/5 Stars Los Angeles, circa 1949, Brooklyn-born gang lord Mickey Cohen runs the show in Los Angeles. With the police and the politicians under his thumb, Cohen has been reaping the ill-gotten gains from his businesses in drugs, guns and prostitutes, and the occasional wire bets placed west of Chicago. This is until a group of five men, from LAPD, take it upon themselves to rid Los Angeles of Cohen. The trailer of the film, which was released sometime around June last year, created quite a stir amongst the audiences. The film itself, sadly, doesn’t quite match up to the electrifying promo. However, for all its intense action sequences, impeccable costumes, witty dialogues and superlative performances, ‘Gangster Squad’ is certainly worth a watch. It’s an ode to the great Hollywood mafia films of the 70s and the 80s. Doesn’t quite cut it like them, but ends up being an enjoyable ride anyway. So, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has been terrorizing everyone and anyone in Los Angeles, his own men notwithstanding. His act in the film, involves beating his foes to pulp (although, he maintains his boxing days are behind him), womanizing (his latest moll is the gorgeous Grace Faraday (Emma Stone)), dining with chief justices and politicians and tightening them under the noose, while going about handling his prospering ‘illegal’ businesses. The people fear him and the establishment is intimidated by him. Thus, comes the moment of reckoning for Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin). A tough cop, John doesn’t get bogged down by Cohen or his men. Strong enough to overpower three goons at a time and as honest as a mirror, John is summoned by Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) to ditch his police badge and head a group of vigilantes to not KILL, but destroy and eventually drive Cohen out of Los Angeles. So, here they are, the loving husband John O’ Mara (his pregnant wife Connie O'Mara (Mireille Enos) doesn’t seem to agree), Det. Navidad Ramirez (hilarious, watch out for his lines) (Michael Peña), Det. Conway Keeler (great father-son track involving him) (Giovanni Ribisi), tough nut Det. Rocky Washington (Anthony Mackie), Det. Max Kennard (old-but-sharp) (Robert Patrick) and the inimitable Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling). Together, this ‘gangster squad’ wreaks havoc on Cohen and his men. Sean Penn is terrific as the menacing gang lord Michael Cohen. The diction, the dressing, the swagger and the evil instinct is very much inherent in the leading antagonist and Sean pulls the character off with élan. Josh Brolin is terrific as John O’ Mara. Understated during the emotional scenes, and belligerent in the action sequences, Josh delivers a fine performance. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone share sparkling chemistry. Emma’s introductory scene, where she is being regaled by the charming Ryan, is delightful. The dialogues in this film are beyond brilliant. Here are a few exhibits, Wordplay between Ryan’s Jerry and Emma’s Grace – Grace - What’s your racket, handsome? Jerry - I’m a Bible salesman. Grace - You wanna take me away from all this and make an honest woman out of me ? Jerry - No, Ma’m. I was just hoping to take you to bed. Yet Another - Cohen’s Man – I’m so sorry Mr.Cohen. That will never happen again. I swear to God. Sean Penn’s Cohen – You’re talking to God, so you might as well swear to me. It’s not just the lines, but the way they look on-screen. The costumes and the sets are terrific, offering that irreplaceable nostalgia of the classic ‘gangster’ films. There are moments in the film, where the relentless action may irk you a bit, but thankfully, it does not overstay its welcome. At just under two hours, the film is paced quite well and manages to keep you engaged. Director Ruben Fleischer has made an enjoyable film. Full of pulp, this! There are a few inconsistencies, which mar the plot, such as the basic concept of ‘six men waging war against countless criminals’, the fact that Cohen never gets the squad killed despite knowing their whereabouts, and Grace moving in and out of her romantic liaison with Jerry so conveniently among a few more. However, the film, in essence, doesn’t make you wrack your brains over the plot. ‘Gangster Squad’ is a linear story, told in the most entertaining manner. It’s a one-time watch! Shivom Oza
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Teen, 13 years old Written byXtreme Gamer July 18, 2014
 

A classic title with an interesting plot.

Great movie. Highly recomended
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Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy Brew July 21, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byTom Cruise Fan July 10, 2015
 

Gangster Squad movie review

Although "Gangster Squad" isn't an original film, it is still a very fun film to watch. I do think that expectations were high when the movie first came out and that kind of disappointed audience members. Still, this a fun adventure about doing what is right. The performances in this movie are great. Josh Brolin plays Sergeant O'Mara, a man who wants to bring down mob boss Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn). Sean Penn is the best part of this movie. He is very intimidating as the real-life gangster. Ryan Gosling gives a great performance as O'Mara's partner, Detective Wooters. He is believable as the tough police detective and the scene when he gets motivated was done perfectly. The movie has terrific action. The movie is very violent. From the beginnning, the audience knows what they are in for. This is not a movie for younger children. I do think the movie is fun to watch. The thrill of watching Sgt. O'Mara and Det. Wooters try to hunt Cohen was brilliant. The only problem I had with the movie was a tonal inconsistency and the movie focuses too much on the action rather than story sometimes. That being said, older teens and adults will who like crime dramas will enjoy this movie.
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Written byAnonymous October 4, 2014
 

Very violent and dark thriller has language and violence but thrills

My rating:R for violence and language throughout
Teen, 15 years old Written byNo Name, for real. June 18, 2013
 

Very violent, uninteresting tale of the cops war with the mob.

I only saw parts of this movie, but it seemed pretty dumb, and there are scenes that are very violent. One character is ripped in half by to cars, spewing blood and gore all over, coyotes are shown eating his entrals. Another character is stabbed through the head with a power drill, Its seen from behind on a translucent door, blood and bits of skull are shown spattering and smearing on the window, with sound effects of his skull chipping and shattering. Not to mention lots of gun fights, that show dozens of characters shot and killed, with Tommy guns, pistols, and shotguns, however they don't show graphic amounts of blood in most scenes, one or two large gun fights features one person having spurting blood from his body. Also at least a dozen F words, and sexual references. Nothing interesting, or surprising happens in the plot, so its not really worth it either.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Cheap Seats June 18, 2013
 

No Names. No Badges. No Mercy.

There was terrible lighting and although the performances were pretty good. Completely forgettable and generic. C.
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Adult Written bydarthsitkur April 29, 2013
 

BADASS!!!!!!!!!!

THIS WAS SO BADASS!!!!!, I FREAKIN LOVED IT!!!!!, it had tons of awesome action and i absolutely LOVED the last 8 minutes of the movie, the last 8 minutes just freakin rooooocked lol, gangster squad is one of the best action movies out there and it is a really badass crime action thriller, and it also would've been really cool if they had the song gangsta's paradise as the theme song lol
Teen, 15 years old Written byStemma21 April 29, 2013
 

Great Gangster Movie

This good guys v.s. bad guys action movie is great, entertaining, and violent. There are jokes and it isn't very dark. Language is moderate. Top three best movie in my eyes along side This Means War and 21 Jump Street.
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Teen, 16 years old Written bymaria1236 April 7, 2013
 

pretty good, loved the plot

this movie to me was actually pretty good, im a big fan of emma stone and ryan gosling, so i had to see it. the movie was showed how life was in the 40's i think or it was the 60's. either way it showed how i guess "gangsters" were, and how mean they were. a lot of people die, a lot of innocent people. a woman almost gets raped, but a cop saves her. the main "gangster" the head of the mob, kills people very grossly, like burning them, ripping them apart, and drilling holes in their heads, some scenes i had to turn my face, and im 16 years old. so, it was a little violent, but the plot was amazing,excelent actors, and actresses. of course the good guy always wins at the end. some people say that it wasnt as good as the untouchables, which of course is true, i mean this is sort of a remake. but you cant replace robert di'niro. he's a genius, born for that type of character. but this movie wasnt so bad itself, keeps you intersetsed, never got bored. most teenagers will like it, cause i sure did.
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Kid, 10 years old February 18, 2013
 

WARNING PARENTS THIS MOVIE COULD BE OK

one seen shows somthing my mom did not let me see. another seen shows some thing but i saw it comeing , two people stick a drill in some body bart and at the verry beging a chane is tided to a man`s legs head and arms then the carsdrive in oppisit ways and rip him in half the body is not shown after words (my mom did not let me see thoes partstold about above ). now language just the normal PG-13 or R) language .
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Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieGuy45 February 12, 2013
 

Los Angeles, 1940's, the city is now Occupied Tinsel Town, Mickey Cohen has the police and justice sistem in his pocket. But, a pocket group of good cops are what are preventing total takeover and freedom.

If your kids saw The Untouchables, basically the same thing, but this being R , it has a much wider window. Beneath the shootouts, is the positive message to stand up for what is right. It was a good film non the less.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byRedmist127 February 6, 2013
 

Awesome action, decent writing

An altogether thrilling movie but didn't have any memorable lines or riveting dialogue at all.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byrm7137 February 1, 2013
 

great movie depicting life in the 1940's/50's

during the 1940's and 50's the mod ran new york city it was a time of coruption and lawless the police waged war with the mob but the corupt police and politcs made it hard. this movie betrays how ordinary cops but there lives and jobs on the line to wage war on the mob with no rules. it is great take your kids to watch or rent it with them help them understand that the mafia/mob are bad things and that it was in a time of hardship that the few men dicided to not be the victims but the perpertraters who wuld run everything. and that the prohibitation manly brought them to power
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Kid, 12 years old January 27, 2013
 

gangstar squad

this is not a good film do not bother taking your kids to wtch it
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