Gomorrah (2008)

Starring: Salvatore Cantalupo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Toni Servillo, Gigio Morra, Salvatore Abruzzese

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

UR. 137 mins.

An admirable and realistic portrayal that is oddly flat and unengaging. Adapted from Roberto Saviano’s controversial non-fiction book, this crime drama examines how organized crime reaches anyone and everyone in ways we may not realize. Gomorrah focuses on the lives of over a dozen different characters in Naples, Italy and though it’s authenticity is undeniable, this film is difficult to follow and extremely bleak. Nonetheless, the thrills are authentic and Garrone’s unsentimental vision of the mafia is unlike any other. This feels more like journalism rather than art – * * *

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