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.
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This movie was a little hard to get into. The casting wasn't that great. Ryan Gosling's acting is lacking. The only reason that he continues to get work is because women seem to think that he is good looking for some reason. Emma Stone is nothing spectacular either. Sean Penn makes a horrible bad ass bad guy! You just can't take him seriously. The movie was pretty average. It was hard to get into the action scenes because they just didn't seem to be that suspenseful.