Monday September 21, 2020

DVDs: American Gangster

Directed by Ridley Scott Universal, cert 16

15th March, 2008

Directed by Ridley Scott Universal, cert 16

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe face off in this absorbing crime drama inspired by real events. It’s the story of a 1970s cold-blooded African-American gangster, who tries to import heroin directly from Asia and sell it cheap on the streets, but is frustrated by the dogged efforts of an idealistic lawyer.

The direction is a bit heavy-handed in places, as if the filmmakers couldn’t decide whether it...

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