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Gomorrah Review


Gomorrah is an intense and horrific look at the mafia-like organization known as the Camorra. It is an outstanding movie that deserves a place next to mob movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Scarface.

My rating 5.0 Stars

In this country we are all too familiar with our mob movies and shows. Who can forget Luca Brasi who sleeps with the fishes, Tony Montana and his little friend, Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, or Anthony Soprano in The Sopranos? All of these characters bring vivid images of the horrific life that it is to be part of the mob. While some of these movies glorify the life style and others condemn it, one thing is certain, there is no shortage of mob movies in Hollywood. So do we need another? Why not, mob movies aren’t only entertaining they can also be educational too. How? Because there must be hundreds of different types of criminal organizations in the world, we have only seen a small sample of them, including of course one of the most famous, the Mafia. Through films, at least the good ones, we can be educated about these organizations and what they are really about. Most come off as legitimate business, when in fact they are not.

The movie Gomorrah is an Italian movie that deals with one of these criminal organizations. It’s called the Camorra and it is one of the oldest in the history of criminal organizations. They have been in existence for centuries and are still going strong today controlling most of Naples, Italy and financing itself through drug trafficking, extortion, racketeering, prostitution, counterfeiting, illegal waste management, and dozens of other illegal activities.

The movie follows five separate individuals who are either involved, about to be involved or affected by the Camorra in some way or another and it tells their stories very well. Through those five characters, the movie touches on several subjects about the Camorra crime organization. It starts out by showing you how they deal with traitors, it shows you how they recruit, it shows you how they do business, it shows you how it treats their members and employees, it shows you how they deal with their competitors, and it shows you how they deal with rivals. Of course it is all illegal, brutal, violent, and in cold blood.

Gomorrah, is a terribly bloody movie. There isn’t a lot of violence in the movie, however, when there is, they go a step above and beyond to make the carnage look as real and as gruesome as possible. Was all that graphic carnage really necessary? I think the director is trying to show us just how ruthless these people are or how cold they can be. For example, imagine a friend approaching you while you are relaxing, you have nothing to worry about—you trust him. He looks happy to see you. You sit down with him, you have a drink, you laugh, and have a good time. Suddenly he pulls out a gun and shoots you point blank just under your neck; he never drops his smile. Ambushes like these are all over the film and some took me completely by surprise. Throughout most of the movie I kept expecting someone to jump out and whack somebody.

I would go as far as to say this movie is what The Sopranos should have been. It is my humble opinion that this is by far one of the best mob movies I have ever seen. It had incredible acting, flawless direction, stunning cinematography and an outstanding screen play. I know we have seen a lot of mob movies in the past. Some are really good, others are just okay, Gomorrah is outstanding and one that you should see. If you love mob movies, you should not miss out on this one.

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  1. December 17, 2009 at 2:27 am

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