‘Squad’ makes decent gangland Western
Sean Penn, left, stars as Mickey Cohen and Josh Brolin stars as Sgt. John O’Mara in the film, “Gangster Squad,” which takes place in Los Angeles post-World War II.
Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 12:00 am
The Old West died hard in the City of Angels. And in the years after World War II, battle-hardened veterans came home to a town “under enemy occupation,” when the only way to fight off the Mob was with a six gun, your two fists and the right hat.
“Gangster Squad” is a gang-war drama built on Western conventions, a rootin’ tootin’, Camel-smokin’, whiskey swillin’ shoot-’em-up about a lawless period in L.A.’s history when a small cadre of cops, working outside the law, took on Mob boss Mickey Cohen in a fight for “the soul of Los Angeles.”
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Friday, January 11, 2013 12:00 am.