American gangster is Ridley Scott latest outing, again staring his favourite gladiator, the Kiwi/ Aussie wherever from down there he's from Russel "I like a few beers and a punch up" Crow, and I am not from Washington really, Denzel "I am nice guy despite my smile" Washington. While its not the most visually stunning move that pushes the envelope like, Blade Runner from a few weeks a go, its still a good film with a decent plot, great sound track and as always in a Scott movie well directed and visually interesting.
Based on a true story and set in New York, Denzel Washington, plays Frank Lucas, a clean living, respectably dressed man that loves his mum, looks after all his family, has a really hot wife (not at all attracted to him by his money), and is not adversed to extreme violence especially in public (I would not lend him a lighter). But above all Frank is smart and understands the Wal Mart principle's of "pile them high sell them cheap, go straight to the supplier cutting out the middle man, people trust a brand that stands for quality", and applies them to drug dealing long before the rest of the business world understood these principle's. In-fact if Frank had been in a legitimate business, there would be Universities named after him and we would be hailing him as a pioneer of the modern business world, (All of us can pick up tips in this film on how to run a business).
Crow, plays Richie Roberts, a slightly cliqued Cop, that has left his wife, forgets which weekend he has to look after his son, sleeps with anything that moves, gets to passionate about his job, associates with Gangsters, but unusually for a seventies cop in New York he's not corrupt.
The plot revolves around Frank Lucas rise and Richie Roberts attempts to bring him down, along with the interaction of various other unsavory characters, drug dealing pimps, the mafia, corrupt cops, all with plenty Seventies hair styles. It makes for a very entertaining film and well worth the trip to the cinema to see.
Interestingly the real Richie Roberts and Frank Lucas both worked as advisor's on the film, who says that crime does not pay!!
Some quotes on the film
"better than expected", the Pres
"that was okay, for the bits I had not fallen a sleep in", a famous footballer
"A useful lesson in the practical application of Economics", my old useless Economics's teacher
btw "I am actually in the office doing some work, unlike all my colleagues that are on a company piss up"
Hoff says: "That's Russell CROWE Andrew, perhaps we need to pay you a visit? Good job Crowie!!"