A film by Ruben Fleischer.
Cast: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
It’s 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Seargant John O’Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O’Mara to lead the unit. O’Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen’s people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen’s organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it’s the cops.
This film is loosely base on real event. They had to tone down the tommy gun shooting and reshot them du to the Aurora Shooting. This film was good wit an all stars cast but it is too Hollywood they should went independent film it would been better. His film has the familiar look and feel of a gangster classic. To me it has a feel like the untouchable and that film was better. Not to say I like Gangster squad. The film gets down to business and introducing the characters who are going to take down Mickey Cohen. There is an impressive car chase, and some gun blazing action scene. Great performance by Sean Penn. Also Robert Patrick’s performance as the grizzled older gunslinger. I call it a guilty pleasure film.