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Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad (2013)

Directed by Ruben Fleischer

Starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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LA is being overrun by an ex-boxer turned mafia gang leader Mickey Cohen and making the city, the people and the authorities his own. A squad of cops are recruited to take the city back before it is lost forever by doing whatever is necessary.

 

The film isn’t entirely serious and is sort of just a massive shoot ‘em up between the good guys and the bad guys. The story isn’t that memorable and there isn’t really that much care from the audience for any of the characters. However that said the film is good fun and a bit cartoony in places. There is a lot of killing in the film with some pretty gruesome scenes, especially the opening scene taking place behind the Hollywoodland sign.

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Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen is pretty terrifying at times and definitely not someone you would want to mess with. Ryan Gosling is too cool for school in this, as he is in most things and the lovely Emma Stone is stunning as the love interest and has the hint of the Jessica Rabbit about her.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommend

Ryan Gosling will entertain the ladies and Emma Stone will thrill the guys. The film was a good start to the year and had some fun parts but ultimately wasn’t a stand out hit. A fun watch but no real need to see it at the cinema.

TheFriedGold rating – 6/10 – Less Gangster Squad more Shooting Squad

 

 

Film Fact

The film was supposed to be released last year, 2012, but was sent back to production to reshoot some scenes and to cut out a scene involving a cinema being shot up.

 

 

 

Men in Black 3

Men in Black 3 (2012)

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jermaine Clement

 

 

 

There one minute, gone the next, Agent K has disappeared from the present and it is up to Agent J to go back in time to the 60’s to stop the killing of Agent K.

The film is very character driven and we get to see some of the back stories that made Agent K and J the people they are today. Jermaine Clement plays a fantastic bad guy and there is an excellent and very sexy cameo from Nicole Scherzinger at the start of the film. Josh Brolin plays a younger Tommy Lee Jones and when you very first hear him talking you could easily think that the voice has been dubbed. It hasn’t however and Brolin does a fantastic impression of Jones.

Recommendation

The film as a whole was enjoyable and good fun. Josh Brolin was the stand out performer and there were some nice little nods to the first 2 films. If you enjoyed the other 2 you would also enjoy this.

Film Fact

Fans of Arrested Development will love Will Arnetts cameo as Agent AA