Mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has built his empire over the years and has gained control of Los Angeles circa 1949. Cohen has deep pockets and a large payroll that makes him untouchable; until Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) calls on hot head Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to put together a team of the best law enforcers and take down the mob boss once and for all. Brolin forms a dynamic squad and embark on reclaiming Los Angeles.
The squad knows how deep things are going to get but knows that blood shed is for the greater good of the city, and the future as they know it. When Mickey’s girl Grace (Emma Stone) sneaks around with Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) it gets personal for him and escalates the situation to an all-out turf war in the City of Angels.
Gangster Squad is brilliantly performed by a group of outstanding actors: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, and Giovanni Ribisi all come together as one of the best ensembles on one screen in a long time.
Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombie Land) does an exceptional job playing to each actor’s strengths and presenting a captivating film with tasteful cinematography, alluring subtle romance, and an all our war of good and bad. Sean Penn was commanding as his role of a merciless mob boss and Josh Brolin was powerful as a war vet who only knows how to defend what’s right