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Film: American Gangster (2007)

Posted on: November 29, 2013

American Gangster (2007)

A black gangster rose in New York in the 70s becoming a notorious drug lord by smuggling cocaine directly from the supplier in South east Asia. It is the story of Frank Lucas and he is portrayed by Denzel Washington in this film.

What an amazing movie. I’m a big fan of Denzel and he is superb in every character he is given. He is notorious, he is lethal, he is a mastermind. But an honest cop, Ritchie played by Russell Crowe, takes the hard route and vows to crack this drug lord down.

The film takes its time building up. You see a mixture of Ritchie and Frank as they progress through the movie. Denzel is awesome as always. Russell is average. You get that 70s feeling for sure because you see a lot of news and political references throughout the movie.

It is a long movie and a bit slow at that but my mind is take your time but keep us feeding throughout. There is a steadiness you can see in the film. Keeps us entertained, yup.

Ritchie could not make a breakthrough because never in his mind he knew that a black guy would rise up to be a gangster. I mean those years it was the Italians who ruled the drug business. But eventually he got a clue and let’s just say it was a woman (I’m talking indirectly).

Brilliant film, nice music and setting. Nice acting and overall a superb execution. 8/10.

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