‘Gangster Squad’ Trailer #2: War for the Streets of Los Angeles

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Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad has had a rough road to theaters, but from the looks of things the wait may well have been worth it. The violent Noir tale tells the true story of late 1940s Los Angeles, in which vicious mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs a criminal empire – one he looks to extended far beyond state lines via a wire-betting racket. The cops are powerless against kingpin Cohen – but when Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) puts together a crew of vigilante cops, working “off the books,” it starts a war in the streets that brings hell to the city of angels.

Clearly from the trailer it’s obvious that this film is coming with a star-studded cast, including a scenery-chewing performance from Penn, another tough-guy role for Brolin, Ryan Gosling filling the limelight as (fearless? Reckless?) cop Jerry Wooters and Emma Stone as Grace Faraday, the femme-fatale who is (literally) in bed with both sides. The quality of the secondary cast is just as high, with actors like Anthony Mackie (Captain America 2), Michael Peña (End of Watch), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Frank Grillo (The Grey),  Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick and Nick Nolte all making appearances.

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 Fleischer looks do have done a solid job capturing the period, while still giving Los Angeles that down n’ gritty look and feeling, which tends to earn Noir films the term “hard-boiled.” In light of the Colorado theater massacre this past summer, a climatic sequence from the movie was cut (it featured gangsters shooting up a movie theater). While debate will likely continue to rage about whether or not changing the film was the appropriate response, from what this new trailer  shows us, there is still plenty of quality material for Fleischer to work with. Hopefully reshoots went well.

If nothing else, the delay of Gangster Squad’s release date may turn out to be a blessing in disguise; the film – which was originally positioned as a possible awards contender – arrives in the typically unimpressive January slate – which could be just the unexpected bit of pep movie fans need at that droll time. It opens against Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and after seeing the trailer for that movie, Gangster Squad looks even better by comparison.

Gangster Squad will be in theaters on January 11, 2013.

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  1. Oh changing a few scenes just because it represented a theater massacre. Guess what else was in the massacre…guns? What else happened…lots of violence. Does the movie represent guns and violence, yeah it does so I don’t know how the hell changing a few scenes would matter if the actions portrayed in film are going to be as reckless of what has happened in light of the recent event. People are getting brutaly killed in the film too so what would changing a few scenes matter you still have violent deaths and above all else men in suits. Warner Bros and your messed up logic needs more thinking and thought.

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  2. YESS GODD. I can’t wait. Do we think they will include the theater scene in the DVD release? I’m not trying to be insensitive but i really want to see that scene and i have a feeling the scene with Brolin’s car being blown up is what they re-filmed to take it’s place..which is kind of lame by comparison, Just saying.

  3. Oops better than I thought it would sure I’m all in for this one

  4. Oh changing a few scenes just because it represented a theater massacre. Guess what else was in the massacre…guns? What else happened…lots of violence. Does the movie represent guns and violence, yeah it does so I understand how changing a few scenes would matter as the actions portrayed in film are as reckless of what has happened in light of the recent event. People are getting brutally killed in the film too so changing a few scenes matters. Warner Bros and your logic is very clear and thoughtful.

    • Oh my gosh your awesome dude :) I can’t believe you would go through all this effort for me! Man your a true fan of my words keep up the good work and you might have a job working for me.

      • Thanks brother.

        • yes there are thousands of brutal movies you troll. but the government did take care and respect for the victims at that time because of the tragic massacre. are you ill,or something you strange guy.

          • I’m a handsome stallion and I agree with what they edited to the movie. Read my post more carefully next time.

            • handsome stallion.pfft. yes you are a stallion who plays with his right/left hand.

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  5. Looks good, although I’m not a fan of the music that played near the end of the trailer.

  6. pure gangster noir feeling, love it. i like very good old aera gangster movies. i hope that g.squ. will come in a line with movies like -the untouchables-,-good fellas- or even -l.a. confidential- which reminds me very much to g.squ..

    • this looks like it may be to much flash to be compared to l.a confidential. it looks more like a gangster version of inglorious bastards with less story lol still.looks great.

  7. dear good nowadays you can´t please the audience. one wants the other one wants that. i wish i could bann some of you back to the 70s and 80s were the movies were reall ugly. we have some good original movies,but the most was crap.

  8. Let’s see, we’ve got a good director, great score, some of my favorite actors (Brolin, Mackie, Stone) and kickass action…. Definitley a must-see.

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