As a fan of everything film noir and 1940s cinema, TNT's "Mob City," is highly entertaining and takes the viewer back to 1947. The show reminds one of the movies that Cagney or Mitchum starred in. Actually the actor Jon Bernthal reminds me of Mitchum in the show.
"Mob City" premiered tonight, it premiered the first two episodes, it's a three week event. The first episode was called, "A Guy Walks Into a Bar" and the second one was called, "Reason to Kill A Man."
"A Guy Walks Into a Bar," guest starred Simon Pegg. The first episode is about a comedian (Pegg) who is blackmailing Bugsy Siegel (Edward Burns) which isn't the smartest idea. He asks help from a cop, Joe Teague (Berthal) to protect him while he gives up his blackmail to the mobsters Well this explosive episode has a twisty and interesting ending. The acting is great and it makes you feel like you're thrown in the 40s. The slang is witty and the plot is fast pace. It was a great first episode that was a strong beginning for this three week event.
You meet all kinds of characters besides Siegel and Teague, there is violent gangster Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), Lawyer turned fixer (Milo Ventimiglia) and William H. Parker (Neal McDonough) the Police Chief who wants to take Cohen and his gang down.
"Reason to Kill a Man," was the next episode. That one was still interesting but the first seems like it was stronger. What makes this one still good is you get more back story to the characters and see what happens next after the such intense ending to the last episode. There is more Siegel too which Burns so far is doing a good job as playing the gangster. Jeremy Luke also has Mickey Cohen makes a very dangerous character as does Robert Knepper his right hand man.
"Reasons to Kill a Man," doesn't falter too much, the restaurant scene is crazy. This show doesn't play with the words pulp fiction. Both episodes had a nice jazzy score and are filled with both dramatic and action sequences. The second doesn't have an explosive ending like the first but it still works, it makes you want to see more.
So this premiere of the first two episodes gets a 4 1/2 star rating and hope that the rest are this good, which guessing they will be. What makes this show fun is from watching so many classic movies, it's kind of a love letter to those kind of movies.