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Gangster Squad

Action Crime Drama


 

A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s.

"Gangster Squad" investigates a time when the most effective way to combat violence was with more violence. The characters are menacing and hard-edged, although this strangely conflicts with the polished look of the film, clearly used to instil a sense of nostalgia for the era. The production is a little too clean and manufactured for the subject matter, robbing the story of the momentous and emotional impact it could have achieved. A talented squad do their best, and excite for the most part, but fail to captivate overall. Plastic gangsters.

Anthony Macali

Wide Release 10th January 2013
113 mins