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. Its enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop
except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John OMara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohens world apart.