The Gangster Squad trailer hits hard
The Gangster Squad is the adaptation of the as yet unreleased book by Paul Lieberman that tells the story of the Los Angeles Police Department's fight to get the organised crime gangs out of the city in the forties and fifties, a fight they obviously didn't completely win and still fight to this day, but back then it was rife.
The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer who also directed Zombieland (Filmstalker review) and it stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Emma Stone, and that's a great cast.
The opening of the The Gangster Squad trailer is pretty hard and it keeps going that way, although sometimes I didn't feel that Ryan Gosling's voice fitted with the gruff, gravely and smoke wrecked voices of the other actors he's playing beside, but there's time yet.
Seriously though, the trailer does look powerful and packs a mighty punch, I may not be convinced by the soundtrack playing along with it but the trailer does the heavy lifting and does it really well. With the great actors that are lined up for the roles and the material they have to work with, this could shape up to be a powerful gangster film.
Here's the blurb for The Gangster Squad:
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. Gangster Squad is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
Really it's the blurb of the book (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) that has me captured though, it tells the true story of the Gangster Squad through the interviews with the surviving members of the team, a team that has many members who didn't survive their time serving in the "off the radar" secretive police unit.
The blurb for the book carries the following quote:
"By the time I met Sgt. Jack O'Mara, most of the early members were dead, so I set out to find the survivors."
That in itself is a perfect way to set the tone of the story and sells the book really well. It's definitely one I have earmarked to read.
However what we're really interested in here is the film that the book has inspired and you can see the trailer for it right here. The Gangster Squad trailer comes through TrailerAddict which you can see over on Apple Trailers: