When realism takes its way into the world of mobsters.
The intertwining tales of a delivery boy, a tailor, a businessman and two cocky teenagers form the fabric of this gritty and lyrical examination of the influential Neapolitan mob known as the Camorra.
Before watching this film you must know that this is almost nothing like the usual gangster flick, American audiences are used to seeing. This whole film doesn’t seem fake, and shot as if it were happening right in front of your eyes in real life.
Time and time again I have seen films that have totally romanticized the mob, here, that is not the case at all. The film is so gritty and just looks so real as if it were a documentary on Italian mobsters. The setting doesn’t feel fake at all, with a lot more genuine sights of the slums of lower Italy.
When watching this you have to be incredibly patient. The hard thing is that you don’t know where half of these characters come from but later on in the movie you finally do, so its very rewarding. The problem I had with this film was that too many times did I feel like some of the most interesting stories should have been given more time. I wish the story of the two bone-headed teens were given a lot more time then what they were given, because I felt the heart of the film lied in that story.
The violence, although not as massive and graphic as other mafia movies, has the same effect as I’ve seen it in other films. Where a lot of previous mafia films take an almost artistic approach to death and violence (i.e. Sonny’s death in The Godfather), Gomorrah shows this in its purest form: violent, sudden and emotionless. Every death in the film comes out of nowhere, charging in with gunshots that made me jump every single time. As the movie goes along, one really understands how suiting the title of Gomorrah fits the film, as a city destroyed by brimstone and fire from God himself.
The film itself is also unique in its cinematography. There were plenty of close-ups and establishing shots that we see in most films, but what made up for its common conventions was the balance in each shot along with some of the unique angles of other shots.
Consensus: Gomorrah is a rocky experience, but is rewarding with is sudden violence, unique way of handling the camera, and just a film that is so gritty that it just all feels real.