Went to the movies last Friday and saw American Gangster. This is basically the story of a Frank Lucas (played by Denzel Washington), who makes his way to the top in the crime world in Harlem after his boss dies. By going directly to the drug farmers in Vietnam and using contacts in the US army to smugle the drugs back to the US, Frank Lucas is able to sell drugs cheaper and purer then his rivals. Ritchie Roberts (Russel Crowe)is an honest cop in a police force were 3/4 are on the mobs pay role. He gets head-hunted to lead a special task force against the drug traffic in the city. This is as much of the story I can tell without spoiling the movie. It's based on a true story; Frank Lucas and Ritchie Roberts are both real persons living today.
Most gangster movies are loaded with shoot outs and car chases. This movie has some shooting and volence in it, but are much more story driven then action driven. I recommend this movie because it has a great story, great performances by Washington and Crowe (and I loved seeing Washington as a "bad guy") and Josh Brolin did a great supporting role as the crooked cop Trupo. Two thumbs up!