Welcome to the world... the City of God. Founded in 1960 in the southern corner of Rio De Janiero, used as a slum housing area for immigrants and the poor. A place that was supposed to be a symbol of peace and freedom.No.Welcome to the dark world of crime, drugs, violence and cruelty to which there is no escape. Rocket is a young boy living with his parents and older brother, growing up in the city, and watching the city grow around him. Torn between the need to make it out and successful, but seeing that the most likley way is through crime, he finally gets his unexpected break through sheer blind luck and the audacity of the criminals to which his life revolves around. Seeing his brother growing up as a hood and getting killed, seeing drugs destroy people, and seeing how the greed and thirst for blood and power can destroy a world, he becomes the observer through his narrative, eyes and ears and the lens of his camera. The narrator of life in this modern hell, fuelled by the desire for success and survival.Its gruesome, brutal, tough and not even the tough survive, only the smart ones. The movie revovles around the history of City of God as a cesspool of degenerates and debauchery, from Rocket's peers becoming the Kingpins of Crime, to the rise of kindergaten kids weilding weapons, consuming drugs and terrorising the innocent. Noone is safe... and its ironic to see that the world Rocket wants no part of, is the world which will bring him his glory.Its easy to lose yourself in this film, which is exactly the way I like it. forget you are at home watching this, you are too busy living 30 years into the past in another world, a world which did exist and still exists to this very day. The lure of power and greed is something noone can resist if you lived and breathed these boys and men, and how could you turn away, if all you had was your pride and will?Its authentic and unnatural at the same time... Ive seen war zones and my share of slums in movies and life, and this is no exception. I guess the info about the director and crew using the real settings and real "favelahs" to star in the film, are true. How else could it be so damn real?? Or surreal... I wish I could sit on the beautiful golden beach with a hot girl... but then again I wouldn't want to do a full 180 in a second and stare down a pistol. Life changes as easy as a flip of the coin.Whats pretty shocking, or cool, is the protrayl of young boys hardend at an early age to drugs, death and crime. We see boys no older than 8-10 year old pulling the trigger, swearing, smoking pot and at the end, symbolsing the never ending cycle of hell as they take over after the bloody climax. Guns, blood, sex and drugs, its the 60's to 70's at its worst. And one of the best foriegn language films ever. If I had a pet ape, he'd give four thumbs up.