Friday Flick: Gangster Squad

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Official Description: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and – if he has his way – every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop – except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

Unofficial Description: Not a terrible movie. Kinda following a formula set forth in, oh, I don’t know, THE UNTOUCHABLES?!

Sigh.

Sean Penn was good – probably his best flick in a long, long time. Emma Stone is in this – somewhere. Brolin might as well be playing Young Agent K for all the emotion he showed. Sean Conne-uh, I mean, Robert Patrick is decent. The rest of the cast play their parts well enough so it’s not horrible. I’d catch it on cable, though.