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Film Review - Gangster Squad

GANGSTER SQUAD Josh Brolin Ryan Gosling

“Gangster Squad” shoots itself in the foot right out of the gate by suggesting the movie is somehow rooted in fact. Sure, there was a mafia figure known as Mickey Cohen, and yes, he certainly had an interest in dominating Los Angeles, but the rest of this picture is more cartoon than history. While adapting a true crime book by author Paul Lieberman, the production doesn’t know when to stick with the facts or create its own narrative, fumbling an engaging take on mob warfare and police desperation by trying to turn it all into a stylized, overly emphatic actioner, complete with blazing Tommy guns, professional wrestling-style performances, and a simplified conflict to extract the most machismo. “Gangster Squad” disappoints in a big bad way. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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