Film Threat Review: Gangster Squad

From the opening scene of “Gangster Squad,” it became abundantly clear to me that I was watching a comic book movie. Though the film is based on a book (without pictures) about the 1949 real-life take-down of Los Angeles mob boss Mickey Cohen, there is very little realism in it. Maybe it’s Sean Penn’s prosthetically villainous face or his over-the-top punishments for double crossers. Such things are not often seen outside of a Garth Ennis graphic novel. Had Director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) gone for straight drama, “Gangster Squad” would have been a disaster. Fortunately, everyone involved was on the same page and that page is as colorful as they come…

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