"Here's Santy Claus". A cheesy line used near the end by baddy Sean Penn (playing Mickey Cohen) was the only negative in this gripping, action-packed gangster movie.
A film based on a true story about a police chief setting up a gang of vigilante's to restore justice to the streets of gangster-ruled 1949 Los Angeles. The vicious Mickey Cohen (Penn) has Los Angeles in the palm of his hand and has everyone running scared of him as he causes misery to the town.
Josh Brolin leads the "Gangster squad" to fight fire with fire by taking Cohen down at his own game. Fighting, shooting, killing and just outright war. Ryan Gosling co-stars in the squad trying to take down Cohen, also bringing the romance part of the story into play by falling for Cohen-claimed beauty Emma Stone.
The film is packed with action as it literally explodes with gunfire, chases and fights as it displays a fascinating insight into the gangster problems of post-war America. There are even some humorous quips thrown in there to contribute to the cool factor of this film even more. Gosling and Stone are very good components of this riveting picture.
Brolin brings the masculine, strong hero effect which suits this film very well as the movie is filled with hardened soldier types, who make the action and conflict in this film so much more tough and entertaining. Penn is a very good baddy, his character's evil touch and conveyance of social power is very well played out.
Overall the film is trendy, cool and great if you're in the mood for some action and tough guy fights and conflict!
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