Gangster Squad


An extremely impressive cast fails to set this crime thriller alight

Hailing from the studio that virtually invented the gangster movie, Ruben Fleischer’s starry mob misfire doesn’t really do justice to the Warner Brothers shield.

Ryan Gosling mumbles, Josh Brolin grunts, Emma Stone bats her lashes and Sean Penn screams through a prosthetic face and a forgettable story about cops and robbers in post-war LA.

Shiny surfaces and cartoon set-pieces add brief thrills but they can’t sate the frustration of seeing so much potential go to waste.

More public disturbance than Public Enemy, Fleischer’s shoot-’em-up is drive-by entertainment.

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