Film: Gangster Squad; Actors: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Micheal Pena, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte and Mireille Enos; Director: Ruben Fleischer; Rating: **1/2
A drill drives through a victim's skull, and when the blood splatters against the glass, the scene cuts to a raw hamburger patty hitting the fire of a backyard barbecue grill. That is only the beginning of blood and gore, and your are squirming already!
Inspired by a true story and based on a non-fiction book written by Paul Lieberman, Gangster Squad is a sleek, stylish but superficial mobster-cop film. It is a take on how a clandestine unit of Los Angeles Police Department supposedly crushed one of Los Angeles' most powerful gangster in 1949 with strictly off-the-books tactics.
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