Gomorrah (Gomorra) Reviews
The film is long, plodding, dragging, and does not tie up well together. Perhaps if they divided it into 4 or 5 separate mini stories like Reservoir Dogs, it would be easier to follow. What is most bizarre, is that the lack of clarity is not simply done for artistic device, but rather the film is not structured well.
I could easily justify the editing out of 30 minutes to make this more watchable. I hate to state this, but perhaps this film needed a touch of Hollywood editing down to a more marketable format to improve its watchability.
The characters could have been written in so that the viewer builds some empathy for their tragic ends, simply by providing a deeper back story, but instead the viewer is compelled to lack surprise or any feelings when they are murdered.
I do appreciate the earthy and realistic way this story is told, which conveys the hopelessness of the slums of southern Italy. To me, this film would be great had it been a graduate submission for a film school program.
Could I watch this film again? Never. Could I recommend it? Never.
Without the strip club and psychiatry visits, hence less humor and irony, and yet still compelling and knowingly rich in details and atmosphere, and the mundane of daily life amped up with guns and attitudes.
Not family friendly in the least, it does offer adults a straight forward view of the crass, cruel, brutal banality of mob rule.
3 armor-piercing bullets out of 5
Two teenage wannabe mobsters, high on Hollywood gangster films, pull scams and heists and piss off a local crime boss.
A young boy is awed by the criminal activity surrounding his concrete slum home and makes his way into the lifestyle, as a lookout. In the same estate, a bagman goes about his rounds dishing out wages to gangland familiars. Browbeaten by his superiors and finding himself in the middle of gangland warfare, he finds his lifestyle a little too much to handle.
A local tailor manufacturing fake couture decides to risk all and moonlight with local Chinese rivals.
Finally, a mob initiate learns about the disposal of toxic waste.
Mindless bloody violence punctuates this gritty saga. The steadicam shots put you right in the thick of the action.
Though the bloody finale is quite signposted, it is still as shockingly cold-hearted and unforgiving as the rest of the film.
Hard hitting, but a quite quite entertaining thriller.