Emma Stone is Grace Faraday, Cohen’s etiquette tutor and the love interest of Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), in case we may not recognize her as an object of desire she is the only female in the entire film that is outfitted in a vibrant red gown. Like I previously alluded to; Gangster Squad is not a film concerned with subtleties. Recruited by a militant police chief (Nick Note) and told they are all living under enemy occupation. O’Mara must assemble a squad of lawmen who have the courage to stand up and fight Cohen, instead of recruiting the most decorated detectives, and influenced by his wife, O’Mara pursues officers with troubled pasts. It’s a nice spin on the standard goodie cops who are so squeaky they shine. These are flawed men who must combat violence with increasing violence. Their agenda is not to solve cases but go to war.
This is handsome film to gaze at; gorgeous production design and set decoration are all top-notch. Since it looks like everyone involved went through such great efforts to produced this, maybe they overlooked the real problem-a screenplay that needed a rewrite. Still there was enough happening on the screen to hold my attention, and for slick shootouts and macho posturing Gangster Squad is a killer.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn