Anyone who has ever seen a noir film before should avoid this one. You know exactly what's coming. The dialogue was truly atrocious. They honestly should have hired the LA Noir videogame writers to touch it up, but I'm sure by the time it was finally filmed, a dozen writers had already been through this watered down mess of a script.
Ryan Gosling does his best, but other talented actors bring nothing original to the table. Sean Penn's usual scenery chewing appears particularly out of place as a result. Don't waste your money.