American Gangster (2007)

<!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –Director: Ridley Scott

Denzel Washington – Frank Lucas

Russell Crowe – Richie Roberts

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country in the coffins of soldiers returning from the Vietnam War.

Sometimes when something like this film comes along there seems to be all the right ingredients. Everything seems like it should turn out just right, but in the end there is still something missing and it’s a let down.

With Crowe, Washington and Scott coming together for something like this you expect the sparks to fly and to be electrified by the movie. Instead what you get is a true story driven plot that holds not one single surprise and is predictable from beginning to end, one which also gives the actors nothing to get their teeth into.

It plods and never hits any excitement peaks or drama. In the end I was just so disappointed with something that could have been so special.

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