Based on a true story American Gangster tells the story of Frank Lucas, a crime lord who took on the Mafia by importing heroin directly from Thailand, then selling it cheaper. The one clean cop in a sea of corruption, Richard Roberts, sets out to stop his drug trade and put Lucas behind bars.
The film is told almost in documentary style with the focus firmly on the plot and characters involved. Both leads, Russell Crowe and Denzil Washington, are as impressive as ever really getting to grips with their characters and making them come across as very believable.
Perhaps running a fraction to long American Gangster nevertheless tells an entertaining cat and mouse story that is intelligent and entertaining enough to hold the attention of most viewers.