Armed with the ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, it plunges both men an into a legendary confrontation.
Not like previous gangster movies, but worth a watch!
- American Gangster review by Kazzie
(5) of (5) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 3
I liked Russell Crowe’s role in the movie, who played a straight cop (with a little extra weight!) who had his morals and values against the corrupt majority of the police force. Although Denzel played the “bad guy” gangster, he did have likeability about his character and the bad guys pointed more towards the dodgy cops!!
I suppose by the title, I was expecting a typical gangster movie. Being a fan of Godfather, Scarface, I was a little disappointed with the film but is still worth watching, don’t get me wrong!! Compared to the gangster epics, I did not find this film as violent or deep as I thought it would be – although it still had the “family mob” aspect of gangsters.
I found that the film dragged on a little – often thinking “Is it not finishing yet!” (but maybe that was due to me selecting the “Extended Version” on the menu.). I would advise that you select the “Theatrical Version” on the DVD menu as it may cut it down to it’s best bits.
- American Gangster review by FE
(3) of (6) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 4
you get a choice of the cinema versions or extended directors cut,'''at the begining that it doesnt work on some dvd players,;;stick to the normall version as I tried to watch exteneded and sticks a lot,poor idea,
good film a bit to long, but well made directed and acted,a bit violent but your not watching tellytubbys!quite differant than you expected,and from ridley scott a well paced and presented version without flashy photo effects,
Made me want to go out and buy the film
- American Gangster review by Rubber Ducky
(1) of (2) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 5
Ridley Scott proves yet again that he is a masterful director. This was a stunning film spread over 2 decades which shows the rise and fall of black gangster Frank Lucas. From small beginnings, he gradually builds an empire based on cutting out the middle man and directly sourcing drugs from Asia. Denzil handles the role extremely well, as does Russell Crowe as the straight as a die cop who heads up a special investigation team. I watched the extended version and never felt that the film dragged. The difference between this and a lot of other gangster films is that the main character, Frank Lucas is actually quite likable, in spite of the drugs and violence!