NO NAMES. NO BADGES. NO MERCY.
In 1940s Los Angeles, Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) is secretly tasked with gathering a small group of men he can trust in an attempt to rid the city of the powerful mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Zombieland (2009) director Ruben Fleischer takes on a different genre, with less successful results. The movie is fast, cartoonishly amusing and very bloody, but also predictable at every turn without any characters that we can seriously believe in (which it wants us to do). The cast fail to lift this Untouchables wannabe out of its mediocrity.
2013-U.S. 113 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Book: Paul Lieberman (“Tales from the Gangster Squad”). Cast: Josh Brolin (John O’Mara), Ryan Gosling (Jerry Wooters), Sean Penn (Mickey Cohen), Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie… Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Mireille Enos, Robert Patrick.
Trivia: Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston and Amy Adams were allegedly considered for roles.