Yesterday I saw American Gangster at the movie theatre. It starred Denzel Washington in one of his most violent roles I have seen him in. I admit, not having seen that many movies of his, but enough. And how he played here was shocking compared to his usual stuff.
It also starred Russell Crow in the role of ‘leader of a narcotics task force out to get Frank Lucas’ (Washington) – Crow being ‘the good cop who is not perferct but tries to do the right thing, eventhough his mob friends’…
The movie is a Ridley Scott movie. So you know you are watching something that is well worked out, thought trough and put to screen in a convincing way.
But for me it was really violent at times. Unnessesary violence. (what an odd sentence – as if there is any other kind?). And seeing it was mainly focussed on how the Lucas character went stright to the source for the supply of drugs in it’s purest form covered under the Nam war, there were a whole lot of needles piercing skin – which I have a thing about.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good movie. A typical ‘bad guy with somewhat of a concious’ movie. All the typical elements where there: suspense, good music, strong characters, gangster stuff, nudity of course… but not a movie I usually would go watch in a theatre. More like a Friday night movie when you want to sit on your couch and be entertained.
This is my two cents. I leave the rest up to you.