Cohen is indeed a powerful man, with influence in the streets as well as in the courts with his ability to bribe officers and other high ranking officials. He’s looking to expand his empire to other cities like
While Brolin is the leader of the pack, it’s Gosling as Wooters who is the suave charmer. He has charisma that allows him to easily immerse himself in situations, even those that can get him killed, like Cohen’s girlfriend Grace Faraday (Emma Stone). She is quite the sex-kitten; in fact she’s the only female player in the entire picture. Being surrounded by so much testosterone should affect Faraday’s character, but it doesn’t. She’s more of the damsel in distress, waiting for someone to rescue her from all the chaos surrounding her. Stone isn’t given the opportunity to shed more light on the character beyond what is presented on the screen; she’s eye-candy for the male audience.
Penn however, does infuse some evil antics into his character, while he isn’t a dead ringer for Cohen, if you met him on the street he’s not someone you would double cross, because it might cost you your life. The squad is indeed able to slowly decipher Cohen from the inside, but casualties do occur along the way. What I thoroughly enjoyed about the picture is the scenery that is a dead-ringer for
As for the action, “Gangster Squad” does not disappoint. The violence is in your face, there are some epic car chases and one-on-one fist fights that remind you of the glory days. The problem with the picture is its failure to provide anything in terms of character development, its pretty flat here. The chemistry between Gosling and Stone is not as convincing as one would expect from the duo. It’s a movie that elicits a bit of conversation, but after you leave the theater, you won’t be talking about “Gangster Squad” that much.
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