Who doesn’t love period gangster films? Especially of The Untouchables movie variety. Ever since Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney were running around onscreen with fedoras on, Hollywood has been fascinated with the subject. The latest film based on period gangster- ism is the aptly titled Gangster Squad . Not only does the film have an entertaining subject matter, (crime and violence), it also features an all-star cast. Tough guys Nick Nolte , Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick and Ryan Gosling headline the cast. If that isn’t enough testosterone than how about throwing Sean Penn into the mix as real life gangster Mickey Cohen.
Oh….do we have your attention now?
Based on the trailer for Gangster Squad the film doesn’t look like something that is going to be historically accurate. If anything it looks like a pure all-out action film, with some bigger-than-life performances.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But Gangster Squad is directed by Ruben Fleischer who directed the entertaining Zombieland. So at the very least we can expect the movie to be some fun. But when it comes to epic crime dramas with an A list cast, audiences want more than just fun.The presence of the notoriously selective Sean Penn also makes this movie an automatic award season candidate. Which automatically amps up expectations.
Let’s hope that Fleischer can deliver the dramatic goods.
Gangster Squad stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte and Sean Penn. The film is written by Will Beall and directed by Ruben Fleischer. The film is scheduled for release January 11, 2013.
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.