There are some very positive things about this movie — terrific performances by Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe; a dramatic story filled with irony and action. It did raise some questions for me, however. What is the difference between homage to past gangster films, and plagiarism? Why include the statistic that 30% of combat troops in Vietnam were using hard drugs, when we know now that isn't the case? Is it fair to suggest that cops and criminals are merely different sides of the same coin?
I really liked this movie and I'm sure it was an incredibly difficult story to pull off. Actually, it's a miracle. So is Ryan Gosling, who keeps getting better and better. Having said that, some of you are not going to be able to get into a story about a grown man falling in love with a blow-up doll.