Taking all of that into account doesn't even begin to explain the overlying problem that faces Gangster Squad. The film is so cliché and predictable it almost becomes comical at points, perhaps this is just because by the time I actually saw Gangster Squad I had seen the trailer at least 35 times but I digress. At multiple points in this film there were moments that I was able to turn to the person next to me, and predict exactly what was about to unfold. Also several times I was able to finish characters lines before they said them, and that wasn't from prior knowledge due to the trailers.
Luckily for Warner Bros some pretty decent acting from Brolin, Penn, Gosling, and company were able to keep this film mildly entertaining. As I was watching this film unfold I could not help think to myself, what a terrible waste of such a talented ensemble cast. If you could combine this cast with the right script, we could have been talking about Gangster Squad come February at the Academy Awards. Sadly that will never come to pass. Instead Gangster Squad will just fall near the bottom of the list of overly stereotypical gangster films.