Crime is on the increase and it is affecting the society in several ways. However, in different eras, the media has been the great source in not only acknowledging the people about crime but also in making telefilms or movies about the organized crimes. The purpose of such movies is to highlight how the crime is organized and what the security forces are doing to cope up with the criminals. There are many movies which highlight the organized crime. In my study, I will discuss three movies, The Untouchables directed by Brian de Palma, Dope directed by Rick Famuyiwa and Gangs of New York directed by Martin Scorsese.
The main motive of these movies is to highlight the organized crime, such as the movie The Untouchables is a 1987 crime drama film which highlights the efforts of an officer, Eliot Ness, to bring gangster, Al Capone, to justice. The movie, Dope, is also about an organized crime of the school students. In this movie, the discussion point is the drug dealing. The three friends Malcolm, Jig, and Diggy are the friends who are involved in the drug dealing, and they are forced to do this by the drug dealer Dom. The third movie, Gang of New York, is produced by Martin Scorsese, which reflects the organized crimes by the gangs in New York City. His major focus is the main character who is a protagonist and struggling to achieve success, but his way to achieving success is through violence which shows that he is just willing to achieve success either in right way or wrong way. In all these three movies, the theme is same that all the directors are highlighting the organized crimes in different areas and in a different way, but the actual purpose is to show how the crime is being organized and how the law enforcement forces are trying to cope up with the criminals.
The Untouchables is the movie which is about the Chicago, United States, and the director has shown the various gangs which have been indulged in the supply of alcohol and they control their businesses with extortion and violence. The gang leader is Al Capone, and he has controlled the complete city due to which it becomes easier for him to supply the low-quality drugs at a high rate. This movie is showing the organized crime of real life situation because no doubt, nowadays drug abuse has become so common and thus the number of drug dealers is also on the increase. The movie is all about the leader who is trying to make his control in Chicago and is supplying his drugs in the city to different people who further deal with the clients who are addicted or drug abuse.
Whenever there is crime then there are enforcement forces too because the control of crime is essential to the success of any country and thus the movie, The Untouchable, also show that when Al Capone becomes the leader and starts drug dealing then the officer Eliot Ness starts his struggles to stop him and to arrest him because this could be the only way to stop crime. Here the movie shows the real and actual practical approach to crime, the corruption. The producer has done a great job by highlighting that it is quite easier for the Al Capone to perform his illegal activities because many of the police officers have also been involved in this business and they are corrupt. With few advantages, they have sold their responsibilities, and thus they are not willing to do anything against the drug dealer even though they are well aware of everything. This is what has become the curse in our society. Corruption has become a curse, and due to this curse, many great officers are not doing their jobs properly. However, in this situation, Ness along with a veteran Jimmy starts his struggles to grip the criminals and to stop the crime (Anony, 2016).
The movie, Dope, is also about the drug abuse and its dealing. In this movie, Malcolm, Jib, and Diggy are the students and are the best friends. The director and producer have done a great job by merging the drug plot of the movie with an “After Hours”- style. They have shown Malcolm’s innocence, his friends’ drug dealing, and the role of Dom who is the great drug dealer. The movie is focused that how the criminals use the children for their purpose. In the start, Dom stops Malcolm and invites him with his friends to the party from where the drug dealing began. No doubt in real life, the drug dealers make the children victims and make them the drug dealers because they know that one school students as drug dealer mean many school students as drugs clients.
The movie has shown an adventurous scene in which the Malcolm and his friends visits A.J. to provide drugs to him. However, the movie is somewhere not closer to the reality and is a fiction drama because the message provided by this movie is that for a Brown student, who is not that rich, the only way to make money or to achieve success is the drug dealing and blackmailing. No doubt that in our society these things have become the practice nowadays but these crimes are not the only way to have a better or wealthier life rather it is the worst lifestyle (Henderson, 2015).
Similarly, in the movie, Gangs of New York, is also a movie about organized crime. It is an American story which shows the conflict between rival gangs. The movie theme is the crime, love, and observation. In this movie, the producer has sensibly highlighted the conflict of Amsterdam Vallon, love with Jenny Everdeane, and Examination of William’s reign nature. The movie shows mediation between the fiction and the historical events. It is all about the American Civil War and the immigration and their American dreams. The movie shows that how the immigrants came to America and they formed gangs to achieve a success via violence. Their basic war was with the tribes who called them as non-immigrants or the native Americans. However, this movie is somewhere not closer to the reality because there are no such conflicts between the immigrants and Native Americans and success can never be achieved by the violence. However, the basic purpose of the movie is that how the crimes have been organized and what can be the cause of crime adoption (Jankowski, 2016).
From this study, it is clear that media is playing its vital role to highlight how the crime is being conducted and how the law enforcements are trying to cope up with the criminals and in this way it also making people aware of how the crime is generated in the society. From the analysis of these movies it is clear that the major crime, which is common nowadays, is drug dealing and for that, the dealers are either using the corrupt police officers or the children, especially the school, college, or university students. Such movies also help us to realize that what strategies can be implemented to kill the social evils from the society. In short, such movies gives an insight view of the crime, criminal strategies, and crime control.
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