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Gangster Squad gains a second, similar trailer

TheGangsterSquad.jpgI'm not sure about Gangster Squad, while it looks like a Michael Mann directed Untouchables remake the trailer doesn't do a lot for me. It looks slick and people are smashing and blowing things up, but the dramatic weight seems a little lost for me. I can see the two sides set-up, but I don't feel it.

Ruben Fleischer, think Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, has directed the film from Paul Lieberman's book adapted by Will Beall and starring a heady list of Sean Penn, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Frank Grillo, Michael Peña and Emma Stone.

The film looks to the true story of the LAPD during the forties and the fifties when they created a group to fight the East Coast Mafia and push them out of Los Angeles, a job that cost many of their men their lives and resulted in them carrying out acts that were far from the normal acts of an LAPD officer.

Here's a fuller blurb for 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.

Gangster Squad has a great cast, it looks great, and there's a superb story behind it from the book (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which interviews survivors of the squad, and while I got excited by the first trailer here on Filmstalker, this new trailer hasn't done much more. In fact standing alone I find it a little uninspiring.

Have a look at the trailer which comes through Deadline yourself:

Well? I'd like to see more of the Sean Penn character and him being set-up against the good guys and while I know this will be in the film itself, I'd just like to have seen more of it here.




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