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August 15, 2016
I don't think I'd be able to watch this.
½ August 4, 2016
The uprising mafia interest has it´s root from this piece of rather realistic tales set from the mafia in Napoli. It must be defined as rather confusing, as the parallel stories not hurling together as neatly like we are used to experience them. Though the material is strong and willing, letting us in the drabant ghettoes where education and normal working life is nearly unheard of.
½ July 23, 2016
This film was a major disappointment considering the favourable reviews it received. It is a major sleep-fest. The story is not obvious and unless I read the plot online, I would not have understood the storyline. It is simply unclearly presented.

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.
½ July 2, 2016
Fantastic flick showing the depths of the organized crimes in some of the urban areas of Italy. The film follows around a myriad of different characters throughout their existence, probably the most telling is the one involving two eager teenage gangbanger wannabes. Overall the plot is a little soft given as there is no real direction other than just showing the different lives and keeps this from being an all time classic IMO.
½ June 17, 2016
This is what William Friedkin would have done with The Godfather: a stripped down, often confusing, brilliantly directed and acted portrait of a Neapolitan community ruled by violence and fear. There are no glib answers, everything is simply documented and left to us to consider. Riveting.
½ May 26, 2016
totally gripping unglamorous portrait of the Naples mafia (comorra). Highly recommended
January 15, 2016
Grizzly Italian Mob film that downplays the emotional connection to the mob killing, but plays like a European Sopranos with a more epic handling.
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
December 21, 2015
Expose on the Camorra crime organization is presented in 6 unconnected stories. Despite the movie's length, you just get a glimpse into the characters situations and the movie jumps quickly between each of the story lines and only stays with the individual story lines for short bursts. Between the subtitles and the 6 stories, blink and you miss a chunk of the plot. It requires a lot of concentration to stay focused. Watch this to be educated, but not entertained, the grittiness and lack of hope is almost overwhelming. This is the underbelly of Italy at it's worse.
December 3, 2015
Following in the same type of path that City of God created Gomorrah is a gritty, nasty and harrowing look at the criminal underworld in modern day Naples. Not just about the criminals, but also about how it affects their entire community. Most of the focus here takes place in a run down project building facility in Naples where its inhabitants are mostly a group ruthless gangbanging bandits. Usually when you think of gang bangers the first thing that comes to your mind is Blood and Crips and baggy jeans and bandanas. Not the case here. It really shows how a whole different culture and way of life in the end has the same exact elements as any other criminal underbelly. The film is almost disturbing in how real it feels. From the young kids who are born into it, to the wannabe guys who try their hardest to fit in with the crowd. But it mostly displays a brutally violent portrait of Naples. If you like mafia and gang films and don't mind subtitles, this should be right up your alley.
½ October 31, 2015
The Italy of Gomorrah barely resembles the Italy of Antonioni and Rossellini, a eurotrash cesspit defined by brutal violence, crushing poverty, and rampant gang activity. It intentionally deglamorizes the myth of the Italian gangster, exposing it as a lechorous and destructive presence among its own community, reducing the families it claims to protect to desperate, impoverished shells living out of bombed apartment complexes, all the while fueling commercial networks that produce massive amounts of toxic waste that poison the environment that they live in. The distinction between the myth and the reality is important, actively objecting to the pervasive iconography associated with the mafia, sublimating its deconstruction with track suits, techno music, and overly-manicured eyebrows as a rebuttal to the type of heroic, "fun" stereotypes prevalent in films purporting to cover the same ground as Gomorrah. It's not a fun film, but it's not meant to be, and its existence is warranted given how popular the imagery its decries as false are in the media.
½ October 11, 2015
Really shows how everyone in Italy is connected to the mafia one way or another
September 24, 2015
slabo,premnogu izvikan film,serijata e mnogu mnogu podobra
April 10, 2015
I was lucky enough to catch this at the cinema when it was released in 2008. Watched it again when it was released on DVD and dug it out recently after finishing the excellent (unrelated) tv show. A modern crime classic.
½ February 2, 2015
Disturbing and unforgettable, Garrone's Gomorrah rewards patient viewers with a gritty look at organised crime in Naples.
½ January 22, 2015
Director/co-writer Matteo Garrone depicts several strands of desperation and criminal activity in the world of The Camorra; Neapolitan mafia.
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.
½ December 2, 2014
This film is pretty amazing. Loved it and watched it like 6 times now. Bit of a late review, just saw today in there's a TV show to go along with this film. So thought I would say some good words about Gomorrah on RT.
November 30, 2014
Matteo Garrone doesn't so much reinvent the gangster genre as much as he reimagines it, taking all the usual trimmings and turning them inside out. Probably the most authentic and unsentimental mafia movie ever to come out of Italy.
November 28, 2014
Bepillanthatunk valami olyanba, amibe nem is biztos, hogy bele akarunk pillantani. Iszonyatosan nyomasztó film.
November 7, 2014
Here's a crime film that tells it like it is. It's dense, sprawling and utterly unglamourous. It depicts crime and corruption seeping into the very fabric of society and destroying everything it touches. It's really quite wonderful. It can also be a bit of a tough slog. It doesn't hold the viewer's hand, so you really have to pay careful attention to navigate the maze of characters. It's immensely rewarding if you do though.
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