- 1 hr 46 min
Gangster is a 2013 American crime thriller film, directed by Ruben Fleischer, starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. The movie takes place in Los Angeles during the late 1940s and early 1950s, a time when the crime syndicates were attempting to take over the city. Sean Penn plays Mickey Cohen, a ruthless and powerful gangster who has taken control of much of the city's illegal activities. He has a tight grip on the city, and anyone who tries to cross him is met with brutal vengeance. Ryan Gosling plays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a cop who is trying to make a difference and clean up the streets but finds himself embroiled in a battle with Cohen.
Emma Stone plays Grace Faraday, Cohen's mistress, and one of the only people who knows how to get close to him. The movie begins with a tense, action-packed scene where we see Cohen's iron grip on the city. He is running a prostitution ring, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, and has the police chief in his pocket. The city is in chaos, and the people are desperate.
Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a former World War II soldier, is introduced as a cool, laidback character who wants nothing more than to live his life and stay out of trouble. However, when his friend and fellow police officer is brutally murdered by Cohen's men, Wooters decides to take matters into his own hands.
Wooters teams up with other cops who are equally committed to taking down Cohen. Together, they start a secret operation to bring him down. The cops also start to involve the various rival gangs who Cohen is trying to eliminate to take over the city's various territories.
Emma Stone's character Grace Faraday is caught in the crossfire between Cohen and Sgt. Wooters. She is torn between her loyalty to Cohen and her growing feelings for Sgt. Wooters. We see her character evolve throughout the film as she tries to decide which side she should be on.
Throughout the movie, the tension between the different characters is palpable. The violence is graphic, and the action scenes are intense. The setting is beautiful, with Fleischer using the city's old world charm perfectly. Fleischer also captures the mood and style of the time period with immaculate detail.
The cast does an excellent job with their respective roles. Sean Penn is brilliant as Mickey Cohen, playing the character with a cold-hearted viciousness that is both terrifying and captivating. Ryan Gosling delivers a nuanced performance as Wooters, portraying his character's sense of honor, and duty. Emma Stone is perfect as Grace Faraday, playing her character with a mix of vulnerability and strength.
Overall, Gangster is a thrilling crime drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The storyline is compelling, and the acting is flawless. Fleischer has done a great job in creating an unforgettable film that should be on everyone's must-watch list.
Gangster is a 2013 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 40.