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Transmission Films has released a new trailer for RIDE LIKE A GIRL, the feature film about Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. It is the directorial debut from renowned actor Rachel Griffiths and stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski and introduces Stevie Payne. RIDE LIKE A GIRL will be released in cinemas on 26th September 2019 and the film will captivate and inspire families across Australia.

As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy. She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  3. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  4. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  5. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  6. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  7. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  8. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Amas, Aaron Burns
  9. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  11. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  12. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  13. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  14. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  15. Stars Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  16. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  17. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  18. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  19. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  20. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  21. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  22. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  23. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  24. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. American Horro Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  3. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  6. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  7. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  8. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  9. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  10. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  11. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  14. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  15. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  16. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jamimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  21. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  22. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane
  23. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  24. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  3. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  4. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  5. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett SMith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, THomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezana
  8. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  9. Jessica Jones (2015) – Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
  10. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  11. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie ALexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  12. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  14. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  15. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  16. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) – Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James
  17. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  18. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  19. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  20. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  21. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  22. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  23. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Godron-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  24. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, ALfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
  25. The Revenant (2015) – Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Scream Queens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  2. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  3. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  5. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenze Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  6. Blindspot (2015) – Kelly P. Williams, Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Alexander, Rob Brown
  7. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  10. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  11. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  12. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  13. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  14. Limitless (2015) – Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  15. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  17. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  18. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  21. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  22. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  23. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, Alfred Eroch, Jack Flahee
  24. Empire (2015) – Terrence Howard, Taraj P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray
  25. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare

Cut Snake

Summary: Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), an ex-con in his twenties trying to make a life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula (Jessica De Gouw). But the prospect of his new life is challenged when the charismatic, dangerous Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down. Sparra finds himself drawn back into a world that he thought he had left behind.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th September 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Tony Ayres

Screenwriter: Blake Ayshford

Cast: Ricahrd Anastasios (Wayne), Syd Brisbane (Ben), Christopher Bunworth (Mr. McGrath), Jessica De Gouw (Paula), Luke Elliott (Bruce), Megan Holloway (Yvonne), Graham Jahne (Len), Catherine Larcey (May), Paul Moder (Carl), Robert Morgan (Duck), Alex Russell (Sparra Farrell), Jim Russell (Neil), Sullivan Stapleton (Pommie), Brett Swain (Boss), Rosie Traynor (Mrs. McGrath), Antonius Verlaan (Bear), Kerry Walker (Mrs. Farrell)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR CUT SNAKE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Cut Snake review on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

 

 

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Nick Gardener:

 

You can hear Nick’s full Cut Snake review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Cut Snake (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Cut Snake reviews: You can listen to our full Cut Snake  review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147.

Trailer:

TIFF

Entertainment One Australia is proud to have three Australian films screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Rolf de Heer’s deeply affecting portrait of contemporary Aboriginal Australia CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, Kriv Stender’s darkly comedic thriller KILL ME THREE TIMES – which will also have its World Premiere at the festival – and Tony Ayres’ crime drama CUT SNAKE.

All three films will screen in TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema section, which showcases films with compelling stories from global perspectives.

An Official Selection and awarded Best Actor in the Un Certain Regard section at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year, CHARLIE’S COUNTRY pairs renowned director Rolf de Heer with screen legend David Gulpilil for their third film collaboration following the multi-award winning Ten Canoes and their first feature The Tracker.

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY tells the story of blackfella Charlie (Gulpilil), who is getting older and is out of sorts. Frustrated with the failures of the government intervention and the ‘whitefella’ laws enforced in his remote community, Charlie takes off to live the old way. But in doing so he sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.

In KILL ME THREE TIMES, Simon Pegg plays the mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun drenched surfing town. Charlie quickly finds himself at the centre of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge. KILL ME THREE TIMES was produced by Western Australian producer Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (Death at a Funeral, A Few Best Men).

Shot in stunning locations throughout Western Australia, KILL ME THREE TIMES stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, Strike Back), Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium, City of God), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Wish You Were Here), Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Turning, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Luke Hemsworth (The Reckoning) and Bryan Brown (F/X, Cocktail).

CUT SNAKE is a powerful crime drama set in mid-70s suburban Australia from Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres (The Home Song Stories). The story centres around Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell, Carrie), a young man trying to escape his past and make a life for himself in a new city. He finds honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula (Jessica De Gouw, These Final Hours). But when the charismatic and dangerous Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down, Sparra finds himself drawn back into a world that he had tried to leave behind.

Of CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, KILL ME THREE TIMES and CUT SNAKE screening at TIFF, Troy Lum, Managing Director of Entertainment One Australia, says, “We are very proud to have three incredible Australian films screening at Toronto. It’s a credit to the calibre of filmmaking talent we have in this country, these films come from some of our best. They all deserve to be seen on the world stage and it’s immensely satisfying and exciting for everyone involved”.

In addition to CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, KILL ME THREE TIMES and CUT SNAKE, Entertainment One Australia has a host of international films that will screen at TIFF this year including: MY OLD LADY; THE GOOD LIE; MAPS TO THE STARS; and BLACK AND WHITE. MY OLD LADY, THE GOOD LIE and BLACK AND WHITE will all have their World Premieres at the festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4-14, 2014.

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY is currently screening in cinemas across Australia. KILL ME THREE TIMES and CUT SNAKE will be released in early 2015.

Kill Me Three Times Simon Pegg

Here is the first look image of Simon Pegg in Kriv Stenders’ new film ‘Kill Me Three Times’.

KILL ME THREE TIMES the new crime thriller from Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Boxing Day). Principal photography began on the film in Western Australia on 16th September and concluded late last month. The film was shot in and around Perth and the southwest region of Western Australia. The film stars Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Luke Hemsworth. With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film is produced by Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (the team behind Death At A Funeral and A Few Best Men) and Tania Chambers, the former CEO of Screen New South Wales.
 
KILL ME THREE TIMES takes place in a sundrenched Australian surfing town, where a young singer, portrayed by Alice Braga, is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge. Simon Pegg plays a mercurial assassin, who is hired by her wealthy husband (Callan Mulvey), but there is more than one person gunning for her. Sullivan Stapleton has been cast as a gambling addict that attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam, whilst Teresa Palmer plays a small town Lady Macbeth who masterminds the scheme. Bryan Brown, a corrupt cop, also tries to get his cut and Luke Hemsworth portrays Braga’s love interest, a local surfer who hopes to rescue the young woman from Pegg’s telescopic sights.
Cargo Entertainment handles international sales and WME is repping KILL ME THREE TIMES in North America. The film is financed by Screen Australia, ScreenWest, Jake Film Finance, Media House Capital and the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF Premiere Fund. Media House Capital’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Jake’s Joan Peters, Azurite Capital’s Jack Drewe, Jed Weintrob, Ian Gibbins, and Bryce Menzies are executive producers. Margot Hand and Patrick Murray are co-executive producers. Hopscotch Entertainment One is releasing the film in Australia and New Zealand.

Gangster Squad

Summary: 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.

Based on the book by Paul Lieberman, 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.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th January, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Rubin Fleischer

Screenwriter: Will Beall, Paul Lieberman (book)

Cast: Austin Abrams (Pete), John Aylward (Judge Carter), Mick Betancourt (Detective Sgt. Will Hendricks), De’aundre Bonds (Duke Del-Red), Mac Brandt (Bruiser), Josh Brolin (Sgt. John O’Mara), James Carpinello (Johnny Stomp), Dennis Cockrum (Elmer Jackson), Jack Conley (Sheriff Biscailuz), Jonny Coyne (Grimes), Max Daniels (Jeffrey Clark),Darrell Davis (Officer Wyler), Christopher Doyle (Edgar Beaumont), Isabel Dresden (Hedy Lamarr), Mireille Enos (Connie O’Mara), Jim Fitzpatrick (Terry McMurray), Troy Garity (Wrevock), Tanner Gill (Hookey Rothman), Ryan Gosling (Sgt. Jerry Wooters), Frank Grillo (Jimmy Reagan), Don Harvey (Officer Funston), James Hebert (Mitch Racine), Austin Highsmith (Patty), Pat Jankiewicz (Nico), Evan Jones (Neddy Herbert), Neil Koppel (Max Soloman), Anthony Mackie (Officer Coleman Harris), Holt McCallany (Karl Lennox), Nancy McCrumb (Betty Page), Jack McGee (Lt. Quincannon), Brandon Molale (Jimmy ‘Bockscar’ Knox), Anthony Molinari (Lorenzo Molinari), Nick Nolte (Chief Parker), Michael Papajohn (Mike ‘The Flea’), Robert Patrick (Officer Max Kennard), Michael Pena (Officer Navidad Ramirez), Josh Pence (Officer Darryl Gates), Sean Penn (Mickey Cohen), Jon Polito (Dragna), Giovanni Ribisi (Officer Conway Keeler), Esther Scott (Letty),  Sullivan Stapleton (Jack Whelan), Emma Stone (Grace Faraday), Yvette Tucker (Carmen Miranda), Wade Williams (Rourke), Jeff Wolfe (Giovanni Vacarezza)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Gangster Squad’ Review:

Whenever you hear that the editors have taken to a film in a bid to appease the censors and make it ‘okay’ for audiences to watch you know the film is likely to look like a mess. ‘Taken 2’ was a perfect example last year and now the same thing has happened to ‘Gangster Squad’.

Firstly the filmmakers had to change a major scene in the film because of the cinema massacre in the States and then it feels like the editor savaged it again in a bid to try and please the shifting belief on guns in the United States…a big problem considering a large chunk of ‘Gangster Squad’ is set in a time when gun culture was celebrated. The result is a film that doesn’t seem to know whether it wants to be as aggressive as ‘The Departed’ or comical like ‘Dick Tracy’.

Based on a novel by Paul Lieberman ‘Gangster Squad’ is set in Los Angeles in 1949 and finds former boxer turned gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn – This Must Be The Place, The Tree Of Life) carving a name for himself by cutting down anyone who gets in his way. With Cohen and his cronies virtually ridding Los Angeles of any other gangsters officials such as Chief Parker (Nick Nolte – Parker, The Company You Keep) begin to realize that if something isn’t done soon than Cohen will soon ‘own’ the City of Angels.

The fact that Cohen also has many Police Officers on his payroll means that Parker now has to technically go outside of the law and put together a secret hit squad to get rid of Cohen. He places trusted hard-working cop Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin – Men In Black 3, True Grit) in charge of the squad. And while O’Mara is eager to take down Cohen his heavily pregnant wife, Connie (Mireill Enos – TV’S The Killing, TV’S Big Love) is not so pleased that her husband is going to war with such a dangerous man.

In the end Connie relents and decides to help her husband pick a group of men that will not only protect O’Mara but also be unapproachable to Cohen. Together she and O’Mara pick tech-savvy Officer Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi – Ted, Columbus Circle), the determined Officer Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Man On A Ledge) and a relic from the old West Officer Max Kennard (Robert Patrick – TV’S Last Resort, Trouble With The Curve).

The posse is then completed when Kennard’s partner and protégé Officer Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena – End Of Watch, Tower Heist) and the reluctant Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling – The Place Beyond The Pines, The Ides Of March) decide they also want to be part of the action. While the group seem to have the odds stacked up against them their mission is further clouded by the fact that Wooters is having a relationship with  Cohen’s girlfriend, Grace Faraday (Emma Stone – Movie 43, The Amazing Spider-Man).

Director, Ruben Flesischer (TV’S Escape My Life, 30 Minutes Or Less) really is behind the eight-ball with ‘Gangster Squad’. At times his style of filming action works, although it is easy to see that he has been influenced by watching the work of Guy Ritchie, but he is let down by a script that delivers some truly awful lines and an editor that seems intent on sabotaging the film with some edits so corny that people during screenings have broken out into laughter.

The story behind ‘Gangster Squad’ could have made a truly sensational film… especially if someone like Martin Scorsese had taken over the reins as director, but in order for the story to have worked this movie needed to be a lot more aggressive and violent. Mickey Cohen was not a nice man and the version here seems tame when compared to the real life stories. Likewise with the guys in the hit squad, they are portrayed as ‘fluffy teddy bears’ when they are really a bunch of ruthless guys who are willing to do anything to bring down Cohen.

The only actor who really gets anything to work with in ‘Gangster Squad’ is Sean Penn. He relishes getting to play Cohen but the rest of the cast suffer as a result of the poor script. Josh Brolin still seems like he is playing Tommy Lee Jones’ son while Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are well and truly below par.

‘Gangster Squad’ could have been one of the films of the year but sadly an inept screenwriter and editor drag it right down amongst the other average films.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Gangster Squad′: Check Episode #15 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Gangster Squad’. Also check http://www.helium.com/items/2408688-gangster-squad-review

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Gangster Squad (2013) on IMDb