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What’s your racket? Yes, I do want to speak like they do in Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city.

I’m just going to come out and say it. Yes. I enjoyed Gangster Squad. There. Done. Happy? Confused? Does it feel like I’ve let you down?

You know, the thing with Gangster Squad is that, like a few other past films that have disappointed film fans, there was a lot of hype behind it. The cast. The whole look and feel of the trailers that were getting pumped out. It looked effortlessly cool and a film to be looked forward to.

I didn’t let my expectations get the better of me. And it worked. Sure, Gangster Squad is laden with gangster and crime drama clichés. Everything from the dialog to the characters to the story. It’s all very predictable. But damnit I didn’t give a crap.

The characters are perfectly clichéd. The gruff police sergeant, the smooth talker, sharp shooter, the dame, etc. All expertly played by the impressive cast members. None of the characters are a stretch for any of the actors to play. But this gal sure didn’t care. The action is perhaps a little over-stylised. I’ve never been a huge fan of computer generated blood splatters, but director Ruben Fleischer seems to love them. But, the action sequences were still fun to watch.

Of course, this increased enjoyment factor could all be down to the fact that I saw Gangster Squad in a stunning little cinema. I wonder if I’d have thought the same if I’d have seen the film at my usual multiplex.

Gangster Squad (Viewed: 15/01/13 | Rating: 4/5)

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100 movies: Safe House

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

Safe House Safe House (24/02/12)

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

So, we’ve got Denzel in another action packed film. Playing a little bit more a bad boy. Ryan Reynolds is the fresh blood. You know what? It all works well. Yes the plot is pretty damn predictable. There’s nothing new. I pretty much guessed from the get-go who was double-crossing who. Though, it’s a story that’s told well with some decent characters thrown in.

I have to say, I was pretty impressed with Ryan Reynolds. To me, he’ll always me Berg from Two Guys and a Girl. Think he held up his parts of the film well, playing a very fresh agent pushed to the limit.

Denzel Washington is… well Denzel Washington. He is great as Tobin Frost. Fair enough, he has played the same or very similar characters in the last few films of his. But he has such great onscreen presence and charisma, I can’t help but have respect for the man and what he does.

I am getting a little tired of action films having that over-saturated look that Tony Scott just loves. It’s like it’s needed to just show how sweaty and tough things are. It’s not necessary. Let Tony Scott keep his over saturated action films. (Which I will happily admit, are a guilty pleasure of mine.)

There are some great action set pieces. The initial car chase is superb. As is the chase through the township. You know what’s great about them? The fact that they’re on location. There’s none of this CG on-a-set crap. The fights were excellent too. Throwing punches that sound like they hurt.

All in all. A good film. Could have been great with a stronger plot and truly unbelievable twists. I’m not complaining. Too much.
Strong>Rating: 4/5

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100 movies – 4 more movies!

With yet more recovery and resting at home, a few more movies have been seen:

Flags of Our Fathers (03/03/10)
I like war movies. Not that I like watching wars or anything, but I like the history aspect and there’s something about them. Maybe the depression in them! I liked this movie. It really made war look brutal and harsh. It didn’t glamorise it at all. It did well at creating the sense or camaraderie there is between men at war. The cast were really very good – I kept seeing actors and thinking, ‘Ooo, I recognise him’ throughout the whole movie. Visually the movie was stunning. The war scenes just looked so bleak.
Rating: 4/5

A History of Violence (03/03/10)
What a brutal and depressing movie. Well partly depressing. Very harsh movie. Viggo was fantastic in it and really sold the role he was playing. I really liked Maria Bello in this movie. The only other thing I’ve seen her in was the third Mummy movie where she did her terrible impression of Rachel Weisz. Great movie. Just not something I’d like to see again any time soon, just because it’s quite harsh!
Rating: 4/5

Office Space (04/03/10)
Why has it taken me so long to watch this movie?! It’s been sitting on my Sky Box for more months than I can even think of. I honestly can’t remember when I recorded it but so glad I did. I loved this movie. Really funny. There’s some bits about that office life that I could relate to, to some extent. The characters were hilarious and I just loved the whole movie. Milton made me laugh a lot and then think, ‘Aww bless’. Fantastic movie.
Rating: 5/5

The Eye (04/03/10)
The movie was on and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I sat and watched it. It was OK, as far as adapted horror movies go. I was getting a bit bored part way through the movie because I felt it took far too long to get to the point of the movie and actually go anywhere. I didn’t understand why Sydney kept going back to the doctor, who clearly didn’t care. But then did care. I didn’t jump at all throughout the whole movie. Nothing that unexpected and it was all a rather happy ending. Well, actually, that I wasn’t expecting.
Rating: 2/5

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