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Oscar worthy performance for Denzel Washington in American Gangster
on January 1, 2015
Denzel Washington's performance in this movie was quite an eye opener. His performance as Frank Lucas was just as powerful as his performance as Alonzo the corrupt cop in Training Day. Although the characters are different, the acting was brilliant, insightful, well thought out and wonderfully played on screen. As I watched this movie, I was completed captivated by the action, drama and the plot as it moved along.
Although this movie has violence throughout, it was necessary to explain Frank Lucas' world. The title of the movie lets you know that violence is apart of the Gangster world. Watching this movie, I saw difference facets of Frank Lucas all played wonderfully by Denzel Washington. There was the ruthless and cold Frank Lucas who would shoot you in a heartbeat if you didn't pay up. The good son who bought his mother a house so she and his family could live in. The humanitarian who helped to feed the poor. You would think gangsters are just cold, ruthless, heartless people but Frank Lucas had heart.