‘Hate’ in 60 Seconds Review: Gangster Squad

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Year: 2013
Rating: R
Runtime: 1 HR, 43 MIN

Director:  Ruben Fleischer
Writers:  Will Beall, Paul Lieberman
Starring:  Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, and Nick Nolte

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Over-stylized, clichéd, and filled with one dimensional characters, Gangster Squad is a complete mess from start to finish.  Every cop represents a different stereotype; Brolin… straight laced, Gosling… disillusioned, Mackie… the optimist, Ribisi… an idealist, Peña… a misunderstood minority, Patrick… the old school gunslinger, add them all together and there’s still not an interesting character between them.  Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn, looks like a rejected Dick Tracy villain without a fancy primary colored suit.  Nick Nolte continues his transformation into the Orson Welles of our time and speaks with all the clarity of a man that has a bag of marbles in his jowls.  Emma Stone looks great as a film noir era gold digger, but there’s no substance to her character.  Gangster Squad made use of every crime film cliché in its arsenal and the post Aurora shooting reshoots doesn’t help matters.  The film’s Lethal Weapon rip-off ending solidifies it as garbage, go watch LA Confidential instead.

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Nicholas Herum