Posts Tagged ‘Al Pacino’

gangster_squad_quad-cast2-610x280Trailers for Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad have certainly miss-sold the movie, likening it to Brian De Palma‘s poignant yet exhilarating The UntouchablesIts nothing like a gangster film that master would be part of. No, its quite the opposite. This is something a master like James Cagney would be part of.

The clue is in the name. This is very much a film which revels in bringing to life a type of movie which has been sadly long absent from our screens; the old fashioned gangster yarn, reminiscent of of White Heat, The Public Enemy and the fantastic The Roaring Twenties.

The scene is well set with police sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) ignoring his criminal-wary partner’s advice and storming a whore house where a young woman has just been taken. The sequence sums up the film’s black and white crunch, good men realizing it might take knocking criminal’s teeth out to protect the law, whether they like it or not. And that a small force might have to take and give a beating to ensure what’s right happens.