Gangster Squad: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Sunday, January 13, 2013

From the director of Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer, comes Gangster Squad, a good old fashioned crime drama with a star-studded cast featuring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at the film with its release this weekend. 

Coming out this weekend, The Gangster Squad has been on our undead radar for a couple of reasons. For one, we are not ashamed to admit that coming from director Ruben Fleischer, the director of 2009's Zombieland (incidentally, our "Zombie of the Year 2009") is one of the key features that caught our eyes. So what other interesting features does this seemingly ham-fisted straight-up action film with a good ol' fashioned good cops vs. evil mobsters storyline has that made us took notice back in May last year?

The stellar cast doesn't hurt at all. Sean Penn plays the antagonist role of Mickey Cohen, a real-life Los Angeles mobster who worked with legendary mobster Al Capone and was active from the 1930s to 60s. Planning Cohen's downfall would be Josh Brolin's role of Sergeant John O'Mara, a WWII veteran dedicated to the mission under the orders of Chief Bill Parker, another real-life character portrayed by Nick Nolte here. Forming up the rest of the eponymous Gangster Squad would be Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, and Robert Patrick. Rekindling their remarkable chemistry from Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emma Stone plays the love interest of Gosling, who is also a WWII veteran and a police sergeant  n his own right.

And what is wrong with some good ol' fashioned crime drama set in the post-WWII Los Angeles? The last brush we had with a decent period crime piece was 2009's Public Enemies featuring Christian Bale and Johnny Depp. Not to mention the fact that we really misses classic crime dramas the likes of Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. 

The film was unfortunately bumped from its original release date of September 7, 2012, to January 11, 2013, in the wake of the shootings in Aurora with the controversial scene featuring shootings at Grauman's Chinese Theater now removed. With Fleischer at helm and a stellar and strong cast, this one still has the potential to go somewhere. 

Without further ado, hit the jump to check out trailers and featurettes from the film.

First up, the final extended trailer released ahead of the release courtesy of Machinima.

The first trailer of the film.

"New Generation" Featurette

"Next Level" Featurette

"Dangerous" Featurette 

Here's a cool set of behind-the-scene set pictures complete with commentary from director Ruben Fleischer courtesy of W Magazine piece pointed out by the director on his Twitter.

“This was our very first day of shooting. Josh Brolin plays John O-Mara, a hard-nosed cop headed into the hornet’s nest—mob boss Mickey Cohen’s HQ. He’s trapped in an elevator with two thugs, but he fights his way out.”

“A police chase ends with a crash through a skylight and directly into this studio during a pinup shoot with Bettie Page (played by Nancy McCrumb).”

“In this scene, Ryan Gosling’s character, Jerry Wooters (a cop), introduces himself to Grace Faraday, played by Emma Stone. Obviously they have great chemistry.”

“Me and Nick Notle, who plays the police cheif, Bill Parker. In the script, he’s likened to Richard the Lionheart. Only Nolte could pull that off.”

“One of my favorite locations: Clifton’s, a real restaurant that’s been in Los Angeles since the thirties. A time warp.”

“It was hard to re-create vintage LA—there are so many tall buildings now. We had to go to the outer reaches of the city, to neighborhoods like Sylmar.”

“A turning point for Gosling’s character: A little kid gets killed by Cohen’s assassins in a shoot-out. This is when he decides to get on board—as it says in the script, ‘the long-sleeping cop comes to life.’”

“The full squad: Brolin, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, Gosling and Giovanni Ribisi. Six amazing actors—and some of the funniest dudes ever assembled.”

And here are the posters released for the film.

The first poster.

The character banners.

One-Sheet posters.

First set of character posters.

Second set of character posters.

And here are some other set images from the film.

Here's the official synopsis of the film:

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.

Under the direction of Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), “The 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 been released on January 11, and is in currently in fine theaters everywhere.


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