Gangster Squad trailer: Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn go to war

Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie in Gangster Squad

Early in January, I compiled a list of the top ten movies I’m most looking forward to in 2012.  Even before the trailer came out, I had GANGSTER SQUAD at number 3, and now that I’ve seen the trailer, I feel even better about the pick.  But I’ll admit, my reasons for being excited about GANGSTER SQUAD now are completely different that my reasons back in January.  I was under the impression the film was going to be more along the lines of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and gear more towards the Oscar-fans.  But after watching the trailer, it feels more like it’s going to be more action oriented and gear more towards the blockbuster fans.  Either way, the trailer for GANGSTER SQUAD has me fully pumped for the film.  True, I don’t know what’s up with the slow-motion/CGI camera movement and I’m not sure a Jay Z song has a place in a movie about 1940’s Los Angeles, but it all seemed to work in spite of itself.

GANGSTER SQUAD is about a team of LAPD cops form a team to take down the ruthless Los Angeles mob king Mickey Cohen.  But they have to go against the system since Cohen is protected by the many cops he has on his payroll.  That means that everyone that joins his gangster squad has a price-tag on their head and will be alienated for turning against their peers. GANGSTER SQUAD is actually based on a true story, but from the trailer, it looks like the filmmakers took plenty of liberties.

GANGSTER SQUAD stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Holt McCallany, Frank Grillo, Mirielle Enos and Troy Garity.  The Reuben Fleischer directed film has gone through a series of release date changes and right now, it’s not on the 2012 schedule.  My guess is that Warner Bros. is releasing this trailer to see how fans react and if it’s positive enough, hopefully they’ll give it a December release.

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