Dec 04

Film review – Gangs of New York (2002)

Film review – Gangs of New York (2002)

Gangs of New York

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Lewis, John C. Reilly, Stephen Graham, Larry Gilliard Jr., Eddie Marsan, Alec McCowen, David Hemmings, Cara Seymour, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Barbara Bouchet, Michael Byrne, John Sessions, Richard Graham, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Martin Scorsese

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Review: Film review – Gangs of New York (2002) – Set in the late 1800’s this film tells the story of the gangs that ruled New York during those times. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead as Amsterdam the son of Priest Vallon played by Liam Neeson. After he sees his father killed by “Bill the butcher Cutting” as a boy he is sent to a reformatory school. The years pass and when he is finally a man and released he returns to “The Five Points” where his father was killed. He joins Bills gang and slowly works his way up so that he can kill him. Cameron Diaz plays the love interest.

The film starts with a blood thirsty battle on the streets of New York. Best not to watch it if you’re sensitive to such things. The first hour of the film is excellent but somewhere in the middle it drifts a little before the big finish which also involves some violence.

There’s lots to praise about this film. Martin Scorsese directs and good he is too. Its creative and original, lavishly made, with some excellent performances. Daniel Day-Lewis steals the show though as “The Butcher”, a brutal character bathed in blood. Lots of credit to the makers for such an evocative rendition of the era.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangs_of_New_York

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217505/

Amazon: Buy it