Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Movie Review: American Gangster (2007)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin
Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Drama
Rated: R

Ridley Scott directs this gritty story of drugs and corruption in New York City in the 70s. Denzel Washington plays Frank Lucas, the drug kingpin who is trying to take over. Russell Crowe plays the one detective who is trying to take Frank down and who is not on the take.

For me, American Gangster starts off a little slow, but eventually simmers and cooks into a boil with the two trying to end up on top. This is based on a true story. I didn't know the story beforehand and I have to say that I was pretty surprised by the ending. That made the movie more enjoyable for me. It doesn't get much better than having Denzel and Russell getting lost into their characters. It's what they do best.

Overall this has great casting, including Josh Brolin who seems to be in every movie this year. This is a very well done show by the two Oscar winners. If you are a fan of the two stars, you have to see this.

"My investigation indicates that Frank Lucas is above the Mafia."

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