Sunday, March 2, 2008

American Gangster: Best Movie I've Seen In Awhile

Last night Darcy and I watched American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. It was quite good, and I recommend it to any of you who are 18 or older.

Taking place in Harlem and the greater NYC area in the late 1960's into the early 1970's, the movie depicts the rise and eventual fall of heroin drug lord Frank Lucas (played by Washington). Lucas, finding a way to source heroin from Thailand cutting out all the middleman, is able to sell his twice as potent product at the lowest cost. Almost instantaneously, Lucas is the at the very top of the NYC drug game, and is filthy rich.

Crowe, who plays one of very few honest cops around, is hired to find the source of this heroin, and put a stop to it. Even though drug lords would pay off high ranking police officers to turn a blind eye, Crowe's character could not be bought. He says during the movie, "If we catch this guy, 100,000 people are going to out of a job".

In fear of ruining the movie for you, I'll stop here. But I highly recommend you check this movie out, especially if you are a fan of the 'Godfather-type' movie. Be sure to settle in and get your popcorn ready though. At 2hrs and 38 minutes, it's a pretty long journey - but it goes fast!

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