At the movies: Gangster Squad
Mickey Cohen was involved with organized crime in Chicago and was sent to Los Angeles to keep an eye on Bugsy Siegel. He did that and more – setting up his own operation and practically running the city. He had everyone on his payroll and did whatever he pleased since everyone was afraid to cross him. Growing tired of Cohen’s antics, the Police Chief put together a secret group of officers – a “Gangster Squad” – to operate under the radar and take him down.
When I asked a friend if she was interested in seeing Gangster Squad, she was rather surprised at my suggestion until I said two words: Ryan Gosling. The movie claims to be based on a true story but I haven’t been able to find anything about this group of policemen, so I’m guessing it’s rather loosely based on an actual event. I know the movie is about gangsters but it was more violent than I expected it to be – I thought it might have a noir feel to it. Neither my friend nor I loved the movie (although we did enjoy Gosling!) but we didn’t hate it either. It was just okay for both of us. I’d say this is one to rent.