The Italian movie "Gomorrah" is riveting and stunning. It is filmed in a documentary style and after a few minutes you feel like you are watching real life events. The subject matter is dark and disturbing - this is not a movie for the weak at heart. Also, it has a structure much like Robert Altman's "Short Cuts". In other words, there are about five short stories taking place throughout the film and some interconnect more than others.
The subject matter is The Camorra, which is described in Wikipedia as:
"The Camorra is a mafia-like criminal organization, or secret society, originating in the region of Campania and its capital Naples in Italy. It finances itself through drug trafficking/distribution, human smuggling, prostitution, toxic waste disposal, construction, loan sharking, gambling, arms smuggling, extortion, protection and racketeering and its activities have led to high levels of murder in the areas in which it operates. It is the oldest and largest criminal organization in Italy."
This is the dark underbelly of Italy that you have not seen. This is not the romantic Italian world of food and wines, the museums, art, culture, or music.... - prepare yourself for a view of the Italian criminal underworld and how it is connected to all facets of life in Italy and around the globe. This is an eye-opening movie that does not glamorize the subject matter.
Filmed on location in Naples, Italy at significant risk to the film crew - as the Camorra went about their daily business in the surrounding streets of the city. The Blu Ray transfer by Criterion is first-rate quality and the additional features are educational and informative on this edition. The Criterion edition of "Gomorrah" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.