There is something about crime and criminals that seems fascinating to an audience. It’s as if the audience is living vicariously and getting the high of doing something they know is wrong via the character on-screen.
In the 1960’s & 1970’s, New York City drug kingpin Frank Lucas, revolutionized the drug trade by cutting out the middleman and finding unique ways of smuggling his products into the country while avoiding the law.
In 2007, a film was made about Frank Lucas. Named American Gangster, it starred Denzel Washington as the notorious drug kingpin and Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts, the cop who is trying to bring Frank Lucas to justice.
This movie is an old-fashioned police vs. criminal story with riveting characters and a tense plot that keeps the audience on their toes. Director Ridley Scott anchors the film with the two main characters, each believing his cause to be the right cause. While American Gangster has the standard good vs. evil, both Frank and Richie are complex enough to step out of the mold and be the screen versions of the real men that breaks the standard mold of good vs. evil.
Do I recommend it? Yes, without hesitation.