[Movie Review] American Gangster

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  1. BouncingSoul

    BouncingSoul Stranger Than Fiction Political User

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    In one sentence: Best movie since The Departed.

    The story is pretty plainly spelled out in the trailer. Russell Crowe is the good guy, Denzel Washingon is the bad guy. Denzel is Frank Lucas, a gangster, Russell is Richie Robers, the only straight cop in New York. That's what shown on TV but the movie is vastly different. Richie is a womanizing, workaholic. His ex wants to take their son to Vegas, he won't let her. Why? well as his attorney asks, do you want him or do you just not want her to win? Frank starts out as a driver for a mobster. Being around the mobster he's gotten free crime lessons for 15 years. When he dies Frank assumes his roll, he keeps the right people happy, he keeps the citizens of Harlem happy and he asserts his control over everything else. Frank isn't a good guy, he kills when someone gets in his way, be it friend or family, he doesn't care. But he's the sort of anti hero people love to watch. Richie isn't liked by anyone in the department. Not after he turned in close to a million dollars in drug money. After doing that no one can trust him.

    This only scratches the surface of the film. There is a lot more going on here, more then I can discuss without spoiler tags. Just do yourself a favor and go see it. The performances from every cast member is great, the direction is amazing, the camera work, the sets (it really looks like the 60's & 70's) it all flawless.

    5 /5 OSNN Stars.
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I want to see this soooooooooooooo badddddddddddd

    I hoped to go thsi weekend but it's not going to work out, hopefully next :(
     
  3. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    I too want to see this flick. However, I'm going to wait for it on DVD because I don't do the theater.
     
  4. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Let's go see it Matt, Erica doesn't really want to :(
     
  5. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    great movie, I also give this 5 out of 5 stars

    best line in this movie and possibly top five movie lines of all times to follow in spoiler, do not click if you plan on going to see it

    quiting while you're ahead is not the same as quiting
     
  6. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    I really want to go see it, money is tight though. :(

    I also really want to click that spurler button, but I'm trying to resist.
     
  7. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    I have to agree great movie and a very true line/quote. If only he had... and, maybe not worn that... If only.

    But I saw it at home. I have a predistribution DVD. :eek: Don't ask. :speechless:
     
  8. AllWeatherGal

    AllWeatherGal Not Just for Fair Weather Political User Folding Team

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    Absolutely agree with everyone about that quote, but not that it's truly a spoiler. Just an amazing moment.

    However, I would not rate the movie as high as The Departed, which I thought had far more vibrant performances from more people. Denzel and Russell (first name basis, donchaknow) were both as excellent as they've ever been and the scenes between them had wonderful energy, but it wasn't as consistent as The Departed, and frankly, I didn't really care about what happened to either of the characters.

    I also saw it "predistribution" ... I feel morally bereft for having done so and am sending a special donation to the screen writers' guild. Seriously. Well, as soon as I get a job, I will.