Wednesday, April 24 2013, 03:19 AM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Gangster Squad
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Street Date: April 23, 2013
Available On: Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Synopsis: In 1949 the Los Angeles Police Department forms a secret vigilante squad to fight off the spread of organized crime. No rules; just justice.
Extras: Tough Guys with Style featurette
Blu-ray Extras: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Picture-In-Picture track, Then and Now Locations featurette, Rogues Gallery: Mickey Cohen documentary and 15 additional featurettes that can be played while watching the film or together on their own.
Recommendation: Gangster Squad is essentially The Untouchables with less emphasis on the store and more focus on the art design. Gangster Squad is beautiful, but it falls well short of being a classic film. Despite the talented cast, which includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Josh Brolin, the film is all style and limited substance. As a campy throwback the film works just fine, but I don’t think that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) or his actors were trying to make a pulp film; they were shooting for something far more serious. If you’re a fan of Gosling, Stone or Nolte or have an interest in costume and production design you’ll probably find some enjoyment in Gangster Squad. If you’re looking for a heavyweight drama you aren’t going to find it here.
-Ryan Michael Painter