Frank Lucas ran what many would call the largest drug smuggling and dealing operation to ever hit New York. All judgment aside Franc Lucas was a genius at his profession. In a time when the heroin on the streets was incredibly impure and expensive Franc Lucas found a way to change it all. He went straight to the manufacturer and found ways to bring it back to the streets uncut and cheaper than any of his rivals could put it out for. In a move that most would consider insane Lucas traveled to Vietnam and searched the incredibly dangerous jungles for the source of the heroin. With his resource locked down Lucas found an ingenious way to bring the drugs back to the states. A heroin epidemic hit the streets of New York in untold proportions when Frank's new dope "Blue Magic" finds the veins of junkies across the city. Lives are destroyed as Franc Lucas swims in so much money that he got to the point where he weighed his cash. 22lbs of 100 dollar bills equals 1million. When you get to the point where you are weighing money rather than counting it you are truly an 'American Gangster'
Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe give their usual brilliant performances, but the movie falls a bit short. Crowe's character is given too much screen time and the masterful mind of a drug lord is not explored enough. American Gangster is a good film but you leave feeling like one of Lucas's junkies, desiring a bit more.
4 out of 5 stars.