Gomorrah

Gomorrah

(2008)

Based on a book so hard-hitting that it apparently forced author Robert Saviano into hiding, Gomorrah provides an inside look at Italy's modern-day mob families, specifically, the Napoli Mafia (The Camorra). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2008.

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One of the major reasons I developed a movie-watching addiction was due to the existence of supercool mafia classics like Goodfellas and The Godfather. When the end credits ran on this film I felt pangs of guilt for worshipping them so. No film has ever torn to shreds the glamour of an entire genre like Gomorrah does.... More

Five separate stories are woven together, not to engineer an intricate plot line, but to create a mosaic of a modern day Napoli where the influence of organised crime extends into every corner of society. There are no heroes, just victims and a few lucky survivors. The bitterly violent themes and imagery are presented via quasi-documentry camera work that plays with light and shadow, while rotting housing estates and barren landscapes provide evocative backdrops. The actors are predominantly non-professional and their natural style of performance adds another layer of uncomfortable realism. It’s as bleak as it sounds but also cleverly borrows and inverts suspense and thriller tropes so that even as events shock you, they still keep you wondering what’s coming next.

The message takes precedence over the story - an approach not for everyone. But the scathing critique of the mafia will be forever seared into your memory. You’ll never watch a gangster movie the same way again.Hide


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BY Philip-Moore superstar

This is showing the mafia for wat it really is if ur involved the only way out is death. Its "kill or be killed". Some say it's a bit slow, but i think it really took the time to get into the world and these people and unforgiving and ruthless they really are


Wow what a flick, went with my husband both of us LOVED this film, it unfolds in an intelligent and endearing way, it is very real and ultimately a very very good Mafia Flick, I can't believe there are two such great Mafia movies on at the moment, (the sicilian girl) ignore the festival and see these first I say!


After reading many 5 star reviews for Gomorrah stating that it's the new Godfather. I raved to my friends that we have to see it.
After 30 minutes of the movie you could sense that half
the theater were wanting to scream at the screen "come on, do someThing".
Gomorrah is very slow, boring and loud (Italians only shout). Most of the movie portrays the characters doing their daily duties, mostly illegal. The build up to ending is paced like a crippled snail.
My viewing experienced was not... More helped due to the fact that i was seated next to a woman who kept loudly breathing, yawning and talking throughout before she gave up and left half way through. Then after she left the teenager 3 seats away from me decided to send texts on his cell phone for the rest of the movie. I expect that shit from Sky city cinemas but not from Rialto. (You broke my heart Rialto)
I love Gangster movies, and when Gomorrah ended i felt very under whelmed. It was'nt until i thought about the movie, how it focused on the unglamourous lower level mafioso and how the long seemingly unneccesary scenes did deserve to be in there, That i realised I liked it and would watch it again. This time in the comfort and quiet of my own home.Hide


The Press Reviews

  • Gomorrah looks grimy and sullen, and has no heroes, only victims. That is its power. Full Review

  • Gomorrah is a very strong, occasionally entrancing film. I would have liked to have seen more cross-over between the stories, and the film would have benefited from a tighter edit, but it deserves its accolades, and your attention. Full Review

  • A sombre, slow, but well-paced study of organised crime in urban Naples that leaves a very grim taste in the mouth. Full Review

  • Powerful, stripped to its very essence and featuring a spectacular cast (of mostly non-professionals), Matteo Garrone's sixth feature film Gomorra goes beyond Tarrantino's gratuitous violence and even Scorsese's Hollywood sensibility in depicting the everyday reality of organized crime's foot soldiers. Full Review

  • The fingerprints of the Camorra are everywhere, this film wants us to know, and its grip is lethal. Full Review

  • Part of what's bracing about Gomorrah, and makes it feel different from so many American crime movies, is both its deadly serious take on violence and its global understanding of how far and wide the mob's tentacles reach, from high fashion to the very dirt. Full Review

  • After Gomorrah fades to black, shiver-inducing stats flash on to the screen like nails being hammered into a coffin. Full Review

  • It's cruel, it’s violent, and it’s cripplingly real, so this film won't be for everyone. But even with my well-documented girlie stomach for violence, I still found this an incredibly rewarding watch. Full Review

  • Utilizing a mesmerizing documentary style that studiously avoids glamorizing the horrors, Garrone cherrypicks episodes from Saviano's muckraking tract, building to a chillingly matter-of-fact crescendo of violence... Full Review

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