Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad ★★½

An attempt to be stylized with the dialogue results in the screenplay feeling wildly overwritten - either too many turns of phrase or too many on-the-nose statements ("Here's where we're going to run dope and whores!"). Generally, the film is not particularly stylish or special, much as it tries to be. As usual, a great, understated performance by Gosling and a refreshing character for Eric Patrick. Sean Penn gives it his best, but the dialogue doesn't give him enough to work with. Some exciting action and use of slow-motion. But not enough of a story (or moral) to sink one's teeth into.