Sunday, 6 November 2011
Gomorrah is to Italy what City of God is to Brazil, Animal Kingdom is to Australia, and A Prophet is to France: a slow burning, gritty and ultra realistic look into the criminal underbelly of Italy. I never knew Italy could be as terrifying as it is in those massive, filthy apartment complexes depicted in Gomorrah. This is a far cry from the suits and ties of The Godfather. Set in Naples, Gomorrah is based on a true story about the organised crime activities within the Camorra organisation.The narrative consists of 5 interwoven stories, which makes the film a little muddled at times, but it is ultimately eye opening, rewarding and extremely hard hitting.
Much like the films I mentioned above, Gomorrah uses gritty and realistic camerawork with one or two truly beautiful shots in between. For me the one that stood out the most is the one below: kids swimming and playing in a pool area amidst the filth and squalor around them, plus guys on the roof constantly checking for the Carabinieri. All in all, a great movie and definitely worth a watch. 8/10