Author: Ljubisav Panić

Translator: Olja Knežević

gangster squad

  • Director: Ruben Fleischer
  • Screenplay: Will BeallRoles: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena
  • Genre: Action, drama
  • Duration: 113 minutes
  • Language: English
  • In cinemas from 31st January (Serbia)

Winter is the time, when, due to the poorer attendance, cinemas show less film for  pastime but more dramas longing for a reward. During the last years, however, this difference with regard to summer period became less obvious, showing the high-budget premiers of action films in the beginning of the year. Even though one cannot say that a film of 60 million dollar budget represents a spectacle in its true sense, film Gangster Squad, a film by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is the creator of this new trend.

The scenario, which is most probably signed by Will Beall (Castle), based on the Paul Lieberman’s novel, under the same name, in the first place it deals with guerrilla attack, of sergeant John O’Mare (Josh Brolin), Jerry Wootersa (Ryan Gosling) and their small team, on the criminal business Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn).

Fischer, using the bunt motives and heroes, dealt according the comic principles therefore the film has lots of time-worn archetypes that clearly created characters. Only a glance on the grotesque make-up of Sean Penn is needed so as to confuse him with a kind of a demon from the noar films, strayed in the colorful parts of decedent Los Angeles. On the other side of moral there are O’Mara, presented as an unsullied idealist and a family oriented man, together with a bit frivolous Wooters, the symbol of swaying and love prone youth, that will be, totally naturally, attracted by mystic and dangerous beauty of redhead Grace Faraday. All of this is spiced with a touch of violence, explosions and a part of true historical events.

With such motives , Gangster Squad could have been created to fit the taste of Martin Scorsese, but Fischer wanted something different. The dialogs are created as a complete cliché, lady in trouble into clear sexipil, and historical events into a superficial film alternative reality. Instead of a serious, artistic film with the great starring crew, a humorous urban adventure is served, which has a romantic overview on the 40’s of the last century, therefore it is unfair, most of the critics were not pleased.

The truth is, however, that the Gangster Squad is interesting, despite all the  deficiency and it can be viewed as a good old summer action,  presented when the time is not just right, which is skillfully hidden by intriguing and lavishing  attire of the epoch.

Gangster Squad

KRITIKA FILMA: „GANGSTERSKI ODRED“

  • Režija: Ruben Fleischer
  • Scenario: Will Beall
  • Uloge: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena
  • Žanr: Akcija, kriminalistički, drama
  • Trajanje: 113 min
  • Jezik: Engleski
  • U bioskopima od 31. januara (Srbija)

Zima je vreme kada se u bioskope, zbog slabije posećenosti, plasira manje filmske razbibrige a više drame željne nagrada. Poslednjih godina, međutim, ova razlika u odnosu na leto postaje manje primetna, pa su premijere visokobudžetnih akcionih filmova sve bliže početku godine. Iako se s budžetom od šezdeset miliona dolara ne može nazvati spektaklom u pravom smislu te reči, film Gangsterski odred reditelja Rubena Fleischera (Zombieland) svejedno je vesnik ovog novog trenda.

Scenario, koji neinventivno potpisuje Will Beall (Castle), zasnovan je na istoimenom romanu Paula Liebermana i prvenstveno se bavi gerilskim napadima narednika Johna O’Mare (Josh Brolin), Jerryja Wootersa (Ryan Gosling) i njihovog malobrojnog tima na biznis kriminalca Mickeya Cohena (Sean Penn).

Fleischer je motivima bunta i junacima pristupio po načelima stripa i u filmu ima mnogo više oveštalih arhetipova nego jasno izgrađenih likova. Dovoljan je samo pogled na groteskno našminkanog Seana Penna, odnosno Cohena, da bi se on pomešao s kakvim demonom film noara, zalutalim u šarenije delove dekadentnog Los Anđelesa. Na drugoj strani morala nalaze se O’Mara, predstavljen kao neukaljani idealista i porodičan čovek, i nešto neozbiljniji Wooters, simbol lepršave i zaljubljenosti sklone mladosti, koju će, sasvim prirodno, privući mistična i opasna lepota crvenokose Grace Faraday. Sve je to začinjeno nasiljem, eksplozijama i zrncem istinskih istorijskih dešavanja.

Uz takve motive, Gangsterski odred je mogao biti skrojen po meri Martina Scorsesea, ali je Fleischer želeo nešto sasvim drugačije. Dijalozi su pretvoreni u potpuni kliše, dama u nevolji u čist seksipil, a istorijska dešavanja u površnu filmsku alternativnu stvarnost. Umesto ozbiljnog, umetničkog filma sa zvezdanom glumačkom postavom, servirana je duhovita urbana avantura koja se romantičarski osvrće na kraj četrdesetih godina prošlog veka, pa je, nepravedeno, većina kritičara bila nezadovoljna.

Istina je, međutim, da je Gangsterski odred, uprkos svim manjkavostima, zanimljiv i da se može posmatrati kao dobra stara letnja akcija prikazana kad joj vreme nije, što je nevešto skrivano intrigantnim i raskošnim ruhom filma epohe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qilrVR0miPU