After Michael's (hopefully) breakout performance in End of Watch his part in Gangster Squad might seem a little bit disappointing. He played a young policeman, learning the ropes from a famous gunslinger cop (played by Robert Patrick), who becomes a part of the gangster squad almost by accident. He doesn't get intimidated by his more experienced colleagues though and is able to hold his own just fine.
Not much screen time here, but it is a relatively big movie distributed by a major studio, so even a few minutes can add a lot of value to his resume. Unfortunately, Gangster Squad has failed to impress the audience and critics or make a mark at the box office, but it is still a decent outing for this promising young actor. I can't wait to see what he does in Chavez.
Grade change: 46--->47
Review: Gangster Squad (2013)
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