Denzel Washington is nothin' but cool as he grins and says these words to anybody who impresses him, cops or dealers. American Gangster is brilliantly acted, wonderfully told, and definitely the work of a master.
The film had a lot of trouble getting to the big screen. Antoine Fuqua, (director of Training Day) was originally set to direct with
This is the true story of drug-lord Frank Lucas and how
After Lucas finally gets settled into the mob boss persona, things shift towards Roberts. His wife leaves him with their only son, his partner dies, and he has sex with a lot of women. Good for him. Him and his wife go to court for custody of their child, but of course Roberts has to have a sudden epiphany that he's a bad father when his ex-wife tells him he belongs in hell. Again, good for him. So all in all, Roberts is an extremely honest cop, but yet can't be honest with the people he loves.
The movie is so authentic to its time that the film looks like it was made in the same time it takes place, right smack in the middle of the Vietnam War. Scott swiftly connects the war to Lucas. In the beginning, Lucas is in control and calm. When the war goes crazy, so does Lucas. When the cease fire occurs, Lucas begins to lose his drug connections from military officials stationed in
The movie is all drugs. DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS. It doesn't lose its historical accuracy for cheap thrills, especially the ending. Though un-climatic, it has a much bigger impact when you see Lucas's aged face coming out of a fifteen year sentence.
By the way, I just have to add that Cuba Gooding Jr. is in about three scenes of the film, and it's better than any performance he's had in ten years. (So, Jerry Maguire)