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Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Watch the TV Series First Jan. 23 2009
By B. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched City of Men once before I had seen the 19-episode TV series of the same name (City of Men) and after I had watched the TV series. The movie is literally one hundred times more powerful and exciting if you have watched the show and understand the characters. If you have not watched the City of Men TV show, my recommendation is to buy that before you watch this movie and if you have watched the show, this is an amazing follow up to the series that wraps things up very nicely and is for all intents and purposes an excellent final 'episode'.

Don't buy this expecting a sequel to City of God because they are not in the same league as far as production value and entertainment are concerned. The pacing is much slower and there is certainly less action, but this movie assumes that you already know what happened in the sereies. There are a healthy dose of flashbacks that take place throughout, but these are more to remind the viewer of moments that took place throughout the show than they are to catch new viewers up to speed. In closing, I highly recommend City of Men the movie, but only after you have seen the TV show, otherwise it will still be an entertaining film, but it was made to be coupled with the series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great follow-up to the TV program July 27 2008
By John Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had seen the 19-episode TV series on DVD, and I had been awaiting the movie since it was filmed in 2006.

I received the movie on DVD on July 1. I really liked the movie because it stayed true to the TV show ( mostly ) and also because it finally touched on a subject that many whom are familiar with the TV series had been wondering about: the estranged fathers of the boys.

There's not much I can say here without spoiling it. But rest assured that this movie ( preceded by watching the TV series ) is something that you will want to see.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
beautiful! July 11 2008
By shra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I loved City of God as disturbing as it was to watch. City of Men is very different, less graphic and more hopeful. They are both beautiful films.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What I had hoped July 12 2012
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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For starters, I spent two years living in Brasil, and a good part of that time was spent living in favelas. This movie, even more so than City of God, shows exactly what life is like in the favela.

If you have seen City of God and liked it then you will certainly like this. The beginning, while slow, is necessary to set the stage for the story, and the story is amazing. The story of City of God was epic, heart-breaking, and shocking, and is, in my opinion, one of the top five gang films ever made, and probably the most underrated gang film of all time. But it did have one flaw, City of God, at its core, was mostly a soulless film. It's purpose was mostly to showcase the goings on of gang life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and more specifically, how terribly bloody and horrifying they can be. This film, which was equally amazing albeit in a very different way, focused more on how the actions of the gangs can affect those who live within their territory. It showed how the bad choices of some, tear apart lives far from them and end hurting people in ways that they could not have foreseen. The film is also about forgiveness and the realization that, at a certain point, you have to be the one to end the chain of violence, even if you feel justified in your actions, or it will take everything you have left from you. Violence begets violence, and he who lives by the sword, will die by it, and that is definitely the message of this film. In a way, that was largely the lesson of the last film as well, but again, the last film told the story from the point of view of the gangsters, this one tells it from the point of view of the "moradores", the people who have to try to live their lives in peace while destruction rains down around them. There is plenty of action, but there is also plenty of heart.

Also:
The synopsis says: "Paulo Morelli's film is a pacy, bloody thriller that pays warm tribute to a diverse cross-section of American directors including Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay." That is a very offensive statement. First of all, this movie pays no tribute to ANY american films and borrows absolutely nothing from any american film (I am american by the way). This movie follows in the same genre and style as its predecessor City of God, and in the same genre and style as Tropa de Elite. It merely drops the narrative style that both of those movies use, instead favoring a first person view through two characters perspectives. Michael Bay's filmmaking is based on the theory of filmmaking developed by Steven Spielberg. The base idea of that theory is that you boil down a story to being black and white, good guys vs bad guys, without any realism in it, then you put in as many flashy effects as possible, then you add an emotional storyline, one that has you cheering for the white knight, hoping he saves the day and gets the girl. This movie is NOTHING like that, this movie is gritty and complicated, and there is no clear bad guy. This story is very real and leaves in the necessary complexity that life adds to difficult situations. Furthermore, this movie managed to have incredible cinematography that in my opinion is BETTER than what Michael Bay could do without CGI despite being filmed on a budget that probably resembles what Michael Bay spends on food alone during the filming of a movie. That statement is also offensive because though Tarantino has made one or two amazing films, most of what he makes really fails to live up to the hype, and furthermore, Tarantino's style of filmmaking is to make a violent fairytale that has no connection to reality, and highlight the cartoony aspects of it. In essence, he tries to give every film he makes the "Sin City" effect, only to a lesser degree. Once again, this film does not play up anything, nor does it play anything down. It merely tells the story of people closely related to gangsters in the favela. Having lived in the favela and met people like everyone in this movie, I can say that this story is so realistic that there was really nothing in it that I found at all implausible. (some people might say that one scene where the boss orders a guy killed because he robbed in their territory is unrealistic, but they would be wrong. That is very realistic, if you rob in a gangs territory they will kill you, because they don't want the cops in their neighborhood. As long as only gangsters are dying, and no one is getting robbed, the cops usually let them sell all the drugs they want. But as soon as someone gets robbed, the cops start coming around.) In fact, it was so realistic that one scene where the cops come to the favela starts with little kids lighting firecrackers on a rooftop. In the favela, unless its after a soccer game, or its a holiday, the only reason that fireworks go off is to announce to all the gangsters that the cops have entered the hood, and gangs actually employ little kids to sit and watch for the cops with fireworks. Its so realistic in fact that I could easily see this story actually happening in the favela. This film and its predecessor City of God should go down as some of the best gang films of all time. Especially because, unlike most american made gang films, this film is realistic as hell. Of course, it helps that the favelas in Rio de Janeiro are so intensely violent that you really don't HAVE to make anything up to have a good story.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"It didnt look real"???? March 25 2009
By Mitch R. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"It didnt look real"??? Have you been to a favela??? Have you even been to Rio de Janeiro or Brasil for that matter? Because by your comment it is very obvious that you haven't. This movie is relatively slower than City of God but this movie is portraying Rio currently instead of in the 70s (when City of God is set). The drug wars are still brutal but aren't year long ordeals. This movie is exceptional at showing modern day Rio and I very highly recommend it. Make sure to watch the TV show first!


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