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Gangs of New York (2002)

Written By Awir Aditya on Sunday, August 8, 2010 | 10:13 AM

Genre: Crime/Drama/Action/History

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reily

New York, the city of fantasies and the headquarters of huge corporates. 1864, New York was not even close to what we now know it to be. It's streets were run by gangsters and the city was divided into tribes and territories. One such gang, headed by Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting (Day-Lewis) spearheaded the rights of the natives, white people born and brought up in America. They rallied against all immigrants, especially the Irish, who swarmed into New York by the thousands. 'Priest' Vallon, the leader of the Irish immigrants was slayed by Bill while fighting for his people. 16 years later, Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns to those very same streets and swore revenge against Bill. A lot of things had changed in the streets and a lot of people's loyalties had shifted. Amsterdam plotted to gain the trust and loyalty of Bill and eventually avenge the death of his father. The movie is amok with fantabulous performances and Leonardo puts on his usual stunning performance. It is Daniel Day-Lewis who went over the top and put on a show worthy to the character and to his reputation. The movie gives a very raw feel about what New York was ages ago and how different it is today. A movie with stellar performances and would have been much better only if it were slightly shorter.

Thumbs up: Great performances
Thumbs down: A bit too long

Rating: 7.8/10
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