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American Gangster

When you have two heavyweight actors in a movie directed by Ridley Scott, it’s bound to be good. Denzel Washington stars as Frank Lucas, the family-oriented drug lord and Russell Crowe is the womanizing good cop who is in-charged of bringing him down.

The movies started out a little slow but the pace picked up about half an hour into the movie. Set in the late sixties and early to mid seventies, I was impressed with how they managed to get the streets to look like it did way back then. I mean, not in the sense that the building looked like since I have no idea of how New Jersey looks like in that era but in the sense that the number of vintage cars they had in the movies, driven around by the characters. Even the ones parked on the street were cars from that era.

I found the movie riveting and as the movie progress, you don’t know who to root for; the heroin kingpin or the cop. Well, I had to take a toilet break about halfway through the movie because it was too long. Running at 157 minutes, it’s advisable to go to the bathroom before the movie. That can of green tea before the movie definitely did not help with the situation.

I was quite surprised by the turn out at the theatre. Even though only half of the theatre was full, all the seats in that half were taken. I’ve never seen that many people in theatre for movie that is coming to the end of it’s run. Even so, I was glad that the people were rather polite in the theatre; no phones ringing, no talking in loud voices. It was a great movie experience.

Anyway, it’s a good movie to watch and if you are going to watch it, remember to empty the tank before the movie starts.

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