Denzel and Russell Face Off in 'American Gangster'
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#1 Nov 2, 2007
Bought my tickets for the 8:00 show tonight.
Washington and Crowe together? I'm there.
#2 Nov 3, 2007
I'm sorry but American Gangster is not even about a gangster, it's about a drug dealer, HUGE difference between a drug dealer and a gangster. A gangster is a gang member part of a group that protects and owns a certain neighborhood, and drug dealer, which this movie is about, is someone who deals drugs. This movie should of been called American Drug Dealer, but that doesn't sound as good as American Gangster.
Huge problem I have with this movie, they bite off of Godfather so effen bad that they just basically mad a black Godfather with a sprinkle of Scarface (which don't even get me started how overrated Scarface is.) I couldn't get into the movie just because of that, and it was so typical of a opening scene, "yes lets show Denzel put a guy on fire and then shoot him up with a whole round to show how "Gangsta" he really is."
The movie ran about 20 minutes too long, Denzel's wife in the movie is absolutely horrendous, and they could of got rid of some of the characters of the movie because they were totally useless and weren't needed. Don't get me wrong, Crowe and Denzel gave a absolute beautiful performance, just absolutely great acting going on in the movie with those two, but that's about it. Ridley should have not been the director for this movie, this movie had so much potential of being it's own movie without having to being compared to Godfather and Scarface and Goodfellas and break out to its own like The Departed but it didn't and it is because of Ridley Scott. The whole movie is another typical Mob/Gangster movie, there wasn't anything new here that you wouldn't see in past Mob/Gangster movies and it's a damn shame because you have Denzel and you have Crowe, this movie should of been as good as the hype that came with it, but unfortunately it's not.
The biggest problem with the movie is not to give anything away but they are promoting this movie as Denzel being this absolute heartless gangsta, but once your done watching the movie you'll see why the title American Gangster is misleading.
If you want to watch two great actors acting their asses off, go watch this movie, other than that don't bother because you seen this movie before.
#3 Nov 3, 2007
i really enjoyed the movie, washington and crowe was fabulous. i think seeing a black gangster is new to the white society.
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