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Francesco Di Leva
"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia. Written by
The Godfather is the standard by which all Mafia movies are compared. No Marlon Brando to carry Gomorra, and so it turns out just another slightly better then average gangster film.
The Gomorra is a clan within the traditional mob, based in southern Italy, and their reputation for brutality is legendary. It starts at a tanning salon with some bloody shootings, and escalates into a war between Mafia families, as is usually the case.
The highlight for me was Marco and Ciro, two teenage boys who decide to run their own racket, without permission from the real guys. They quote lines from Scarface, each emulating Tony Montana. This turns out to be a big mistake, with tragic consequences.
Gomorra is good, but it just does not measure up to Coppola's masterpiece of the genre, but the characters are interesting enough to recommend it
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