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  • Denzell Washington who plays Frank Lucas, the main character, does a good job, but I think it might be better if he showed the dark side of his character

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      American Gangster’ is a movie presenting based on facts story of a man who practically overnight became one of the leading figure of New York underworld. Even more surprising was the fact that he was black while until then the crime world was dominated by Italians and Jews. It could be a fascinating story of a self-made man and his marvellous success if it weren’t for the fact that he exported and sold heroine

      which killed or ruined life of many people.

      The director Ridley Scott seems a little bit fascinated by the character he is trying to portray although it must be admitted that from time to time he shows that he is aware of the moral ambiguity of his protagonist. Anyway, it’s just another epic gangster saga; the story of succes and fall.

      Denzell Washington who plays Frank Lucas, the main character, does a good job, but I think it might be better if he showed the dark side of his character. However, all we can see on the screen is a man of great integrity, you can even say morals, who cares about his family and all he is trying to do is just to earn a penny in this crazy, malicious world of ours.

      I can smell a little political correctness here; because he’s black, he can’t be ...


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      that bad!? Is that what they meant? I personally don’t buy it. His opponent, seems like a counterpart really, a police officer played by Russel Crowe, is his complete opposite like a reflection in the mirror.

      His private life is a total mess. He can’t communicate with his wife and his kid he cheats on her a way too often so much obssessed with his job.

      Again, this is an

      old story. But on the public level, he’s an ideal.

      Once on duty he found as much as a million of dollars, he could take the money and lived happily till the end of his days, but instead he turned it in to the authorities. Consequently, both characters seem a little weird and hypocritical to me, but life gets complicated at times.

      Maybe that’s what the whole thing is about?

      All in all, a good movie, confusing somewhat though.




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