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Subtlety flies out of the window, along with the baddies, in this action-heavy flick, as LA cops Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin make a stand against Mob kingpin Mickey Cohen (played to the hilt by Sean Penn). It may be based on a true story, but the subject of corruption at the LAPD was portrayed with much more sophistication in
. Director Ruben Fleischer takes a basic, gung-ho approach in this adaptation of Paul Lieberman's book, but makes the most of his talent for blending flamboyantly staged violence with dark humour (previously in cult films
30 Minutes or Less
) and splashes the budget on a glossy re-creation of 1940s Los Angeles. Brolin's upstanding sergeant gives the film a moral backbone, though Gosling upstages him with effortless poise, gradually fraying at the edges after getting involved with Cohen's moll (the doll-faced Emma Stone). Like the mission to bring down Cohen, this thriller is definitely more brawn than brains, but it sets its sights clearly from the get-go and hits the mark with relish.
A New York gangster brings his criminal organisation to Los Angeles in 1949, rapidly seizing control of the city's criminal activity and corrupting the authorities to ensure no one stands up to him. The chief of police discreetly sets up a secret task force with the intention of bringing the mobster to justice. Crime thriller, starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn.
Cast & Crew
Sgt John O'Mara
Sgt Jerry Wooters
Chief Bill Parker
Officer Conwell Keeler
Officer Coleman Harris
Officer Max Kennard
Violence and swearing.
DVD and Blu-ray
11 Jan 2013
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