January 30, 2013

Gangster Squad (2012)

Gangster Squad (2012)
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Country: USA

Review: "Gangster Squad" assembles a great cast in Ruben Fleischer’s disastrous cinematic experiment on crime. The story is old, consisting in a police squad whose mission is preventing L.A. from being controlled by a criminal named Mickey Cohen. In general the performances were decent and it wasn’t for them that the movie didn’t work out. What made this a bad movie were the unnumbered clich├ęs, prolonged gaudy scenes with machine guns, gratuitous violence and a story that didn’t show anything new when compared with other more enticing alternatives from the past. The assorted members of the squad seemed carefully selected to look like comic superheroes: an obsessive man whose wife is pregnant, other who fell in love with the villain’s woman, an expert with pistols, an expert with knives, an expert with communications and a Mexican. Some good gags and body fights were not enough to make this film a gratifying choice.

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