Martin Scorsese is a director of astonishing power, and “Gangs of New York” is a movie of astonishing imagination, ambition, and scopet.
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Amsterdam Vallon is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against his father’s killer, William Cutting, a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader. He knows that revenge can only be attained by infiltrating Cutting’s inner circle. Amsterdam’s journey becomes a fight for personal survival and to find a place for the Irish people in 1860’s New York.
This historical epic is built on director Martin Scorsese’s signature style. Corruption, crime, and the American dream collide in 1863’s New York City much like they do in many of the master’s other films. Here, they result in a work that is robust and rousing, violent and appealing. Scorsese creates a stellar cinematic work with his usual suspects. Leonardo is still young, but holding his own.
USA 2002, 166 min, R16
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson & Henry Thomas