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‘American Gangster’(***) Powerhouse film good, but feels strangely hollow

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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2007 10:00 pm

Some movies are destined to be worthwhile. With the right combination of cast, crew and a compelling storyline, certain films are just so pedigreed that it would take a catastrophe of unimaginable proportion to throw the project off track. Back when I first heard about “American Gangster,” I knew it would be such a film.

Directed by Ridley Scott, starring the powerhouse duo of Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe (the latter of whom is on my very short list of actors who can do absolutely no wrong) and based on the fascinating true story of the rise and fall of Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas, the quality of the film is almost innate. Yet, ultimately, the movie is still somewhat of a disappointment.

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