I saw this film several weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Both Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe are fantastic (though he was far better suited to his role of a sarcastic outlaw with a sense of humour in 3:10 to Yuma, a very well done Western that keeps you guessing until the end). I started writing this review after seeing it, and finally finished it.
Corruption: it’s a thin line between the law and crime, and often blurred. The true story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) – a black drug lord who crossed the warpath of an “honest” cop (Russel Crow) in a crooked force - played out in American Gangster proves just this. The struggle between the man who controls the New York drug black market out and the cop hell bent on bringing him down moves seamlessly from the production line of heroin in the jungles of Vietnam to it’s injection in the streets of New York. Ridley Scott’s film is raw, violent and evocative in its portrayal of desperate junkies and a corrupt police force, both of which must eventually be overthrown in a climatic battle in which good prevails over evil, but not without both sides uniting.
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