Hey all, its your girl Anita, with
a review of the highly anticipated American Gangster film, starring Academy
award winning, sexy goodness of a man, Denzel Washington. Denzel portrays Frank
Lucas, an infamous Harlem drug lord, who
changed the scene of the dope game. Set during 1970s America, in the mist of the Vietnam
War, and urban decay, the film did more then glorify the flashy life of drug
dealers. In between scenes of nightclubs and expansive wealth were gruesome
scenes of the how heroin and crack slowly destroyed New York City. After the death of his mentor
and Harlem’s reining drug lord, Lucas decided
to take the game into his own hands. He builds his empire, conquering the city
with the help of his brothers, Common plays Turner Lucas, who controls
distribution in Brooklyn. Rapper T.I portrays
Common’s son, Stevie, a promising baseball player who falls in the game.
Instead of relying on the Italian mafia, Lucas cuts out the middle man, and
gets his product directly from the source. He calls the product Blue Magic and
soon the potent drug floods the streets. Detective Richie Roberts played by Russell
Crowe, whose own life is falling apart, struggles to stay afloat amidst a
corrupt police department. With the help of special task force including a
detective played by the RZA, he works to destroys Lucas’ kingdom.
American Gangster was an excellent
film and Denzel Washington commanded the screen. It is easy to see where Jay-Z
drew his inspiration for his new album from. You definitely don’t want to be
the last person to see this movie! Check
out HOT 97’s late night DJ, Peter Rosenberg as he interviews people from the
advanced screening on HOT 97 Videos on Demand. Keep it locked!
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