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He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States.
As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position.
It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government.
Based on a true story. Starting off, this probably shouldn't be grouped in as a mob film. For one, Crowe's character is as much the lead as Denzel, this is a cops catching the criminal movie.
But also, there's not much mob, it's Frank Lucas at the top and everyone else trying to attach to him, he's one man and that is made very clear.
American Gangster works on numerous levels. It's in part a portrait of late 60s-early 70s Harlem and America, full of drugs and desperation and weakness, where the strong rise above the rest and the cops are dirtier than the rats.
As a crime thriller it's entertaining and at 2 hours 37 minutes, never loses interest. But, maybe most surprisingly, it's also a superb character drama and study.
Literally every character who steps on screen is compelling, has depth to them, has their motivations, and is tossed into conflict.
For example there's a scene early on where Crowe's character Richie and his partner are searching a parked car and find a very large amount of unmarked money in the trunk.
Without giving away more, it and the following scenes lead to some surprising moral and character statements by Scott. Richie's morals vs everyone else the temptation of the streets is commonly laid on him throughout the film, and thanks to Crowe's great great performance, it adds a lot to the movie.
Denzel is brilliant here. Frank Lucas, with his collected yet fiery, always powerfully menacing performance is one of the better king bosses I can think of in recent memory.
When he's not talking, just the way his face is set, he totally totally gets in this character. The academy would do right to easily give him a nomination this year.
I also wanted to add that while the two leads don't get on screen till the last 20 minutes, they have a long extended scene that is pure dynamite and gold.
They play off each other perfectly and it's well worth the build-up, and maybe are among the highlights of each performance.
Going through supporting actors, Josh Brolin gives one of the year's most surprising performances as an insufferable and despicable dirty cop.
He's so slimy, money-grubbing, and yet intelligent and an equal, he's just cunning. Chiwetal Ejifor makes a believable side character though he's not given as much to do, and finally I think Ruby Dee could be a sleeper Best Supporting Actress contender for her role as Mama Lucas.
Every other short and thankless role I didn't mention is acted superbly here as well, it's a sign of a great director that they're all so on their game.
Ridley Scott's direction, brilliant, what can you say. He creates New York and the rats living in it to the point with fantastic attention to detail, and most of the scenes in the film are shot and constructed simply perfectly.
This includes the short but brutally effective opening scene, which stands as one of the more memorable openings I've seen in a while.
Actually any time there's gunplay or action, even if there isn't that much overall, it's stunning. Particularly, at the end there's a police raid scene that stands as the "holyyyy crap" sequence of the film.
Going from a hallway to a heroine preparing apartment, and without revealing anything more, it's incredible, simply incredible.
Remember when people were going nuts over the tracking shot gimmick in Children of Men? I felt that way about this one. If there's a god, Ridley will finally pick up his directing Oscar this year, he deserves it for this and his wide career.
American Gangster is probably one of the best cop-based films I've seen, and up there with gangster ones. Logga in för att se betyg av de du följer.
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Schager remarked that the film was "dumb as a rock", and that it was "far too convinced of its import to be any fun.
That shoulder-shimmying swagger is rarely seen, and the brand-classic robes of American Gangster sit on him heavily.
Roberts criticized the portrayal of Lucas, describing it as "almost noble". While McMahon noted that the intertitle that appears at the end of the film, stating that Lucas' collaboration led to the arrest of many corrupt DEA agents, was "wholly inaccurate", in that Lucas' cooperation did not lead to the convictions, and admonished that "It would behoove a major corporation like Universal which is owned by a major news organization, NBC not to put inaccurate statements at the end of popular films", she stated that the film failed to meet legal standards of defamation because it failed to "show a single person who is identifiable as a DEA agent".
Many of Lucas' other claims, as presented in the film, have also been called into question, such as being the right-hand man of Bumpy Johnson , rising above the power of the Mafia and Nicky Barnes , and that he was the mastermind behind the Golden Triangle heroin connection of the s.
Ron Chepesiuk, a biographer of Frank Lucas, deemed the story as a myth. Associated Press entertainment writer Frank Coyle noted that "this mess happened partly because journalists have been relying on secondary sources removed from the actual events.
American Gangster earned various awards and nominations, in categories ranging from recognition of the film itself to its screenplay and music, to the performances of Ruby Dee and Denzel Washington.
Prior to the film's release, it was observed as a candidate for the Academy Awards based on its style and the performances of its actors, including the possibility of an Academy Award for Best Director for Ridley Scott.
Rubino set decoration were up for Best Art Direction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ridley Scott Brian Grazer.
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Scott loves his bad guy too much. And by turning Lucas into a figure who seduces instead of repels, an object of directorial fetishism and a token of black resistance, however hollow, he encourages us to submit as well.
Part of this is structural and economic: Once, another gunman, or the director, might have taken direct aim at Lucas.
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