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on December 20, 2009
This italian movie is in the same veins as City of God. It might be complicated at first because they don't explain right away how the camorra works, but I found it rewarding at the end and I wanted to know more about the subject. Thankfully, the Criterion edition packs some great supplements about the making of the movie and the author of the book on which the movie is based.
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on May 24, 2010
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.
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on September 24, 2010
This film absolutely stun me. We follow the story of peoples born in a world of hatred and violence that they can't escape. Early on they must choose a side, and some of them if ever they want to leave, must 'pay' for the cost of their freedom, either in blood or money ... We follow the live of 5 different peoples leading a seemingly normal life, but soon we face the absolute violence in which they live. There is no music to support the scenes, and this make this film even more genuine, making it like a documentary. One scene where the two young boy bid farewell to their friendship because from now on they are enemies, shows us the absurdities of the twisted world in which they are. After watching such a film, one can question this: is their really a human nature, or in the end, it's the environment in which we operate that dictate our choice and action? A must see.
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on January 29, 2014
"I don't know why anyone would call this bad"?"Gomorrah" is a stark and shocking vision
of a contemporary Gangsterdom,this is a more, and best Authentic depiction of organized crime
that I've seen in a long time,if you can't buy back your life,that they invested in you,you're a dead man,
if that's not simple enough for you,you need to fine tune your brain,
Runtime 137 Minutes.
Widescreen 2.35:1
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
What Can I Say,I Love It.Case Closed.
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on October 19, 2014
Great movie! Criterion's edition is a gem!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon July 13, 2010
Though the story is true (with the writer hiding after book publication), the characters do not allow for much audience identification, so Gomorrah isn't as interesting as it should be. This well done film of underworld corruption incorporates a unique realistic style that places the viewer as "a fly on the wall". Unfortunately with this realistic style, the audience is often waiting along with the characters for something to happen (either action, violent surprise, or the point of a scene). Despite the accolades (winning 5 European Film Awards) Gomorrah is unnecessarily long (2hr. 15min.) and surprisingly predictable. Sadly, aside from trailers, there are no extras. (3 1/2 stars)
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on August 25, 2014
Tour de force!
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on December 14, 2009
This film really scrapes the bottom of the barrel. It is one of these violent slam dunk films the American School of natural acting produces a dime a dozen. Bad writing, bad plot and, even the new Harry Potter- I hated- is better
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