Ruben Fleischer is known primarily for comedies like “Zombieland” and “30 Minutes or Less” (okay, so maybe not so much “30 Minutes or Less”), and this looks like his first real drama/action movie. Though I suppose you could call “Zombieland” an action movie, albeit a really badly shot one. The kickass girl from “Zombieland”, Emma Stone, co-stars in this one as a gangster’s moll. She’s purty.
Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” gets together to blast some L.A. crime later next week. Until then, check out seven clips from the period film below.
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. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
The gangsters include Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Mireille Enos, Robert Patrick, and Josh Pence.
Saving Los Angeles January 11, 2013.
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