John & Becky’s Movie Review Of American Gangster

American GangsterBecky and I went to see American Gangster at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on Friday night. The Yahoo website at American Gangster describes the movie as follows:

“Based on the life of drug-kingpin-turned-informant, Frank Lucas, who grew up in segregated North Carolina where he watched as his cousin was shot by the Klan for looking at a white girl. He eventually made his way to Harlem where he became a heroin kingpin by traveling to Asia’s Golden Triangle to make connections, shipping heroin back to the US in the coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. He soon made upwards of one million dollars a day in drug sales. Lucas was shadowed by lawman, Richie Roberts, who finally helped bring the kingpin to justice. The two then worked together to expose the crooked cops and foreign nationals who made importing heroin so easy.”

The Review
American Gangsteris a well done film with great acting from Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. It’s not as violent as The Godfather, Casino or Scarface, which are similar gangster, Mafia and inner drug world type films. The movie has substance and the story will keep your interest, especially since it’s based on the life of a real individual and not just a Hollywood creation.

American Gangster isn’t a great movie to the point that you absolutely have to see it at the theaters, but we both thought it was worth seeing on the big screen and would definitely recommend it. Beware that it is violent in parts and there are some naked people and drug use.

John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip

_________________________________________________________________________ John Boyd

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