On DVD: Gomorrah

25 12 2009

Matteo Garrone’s crime drama is made up of several intertwining stories of people whose lives are affected by the Camorra, a criminal organization in Italy.  These different stories and perspectives show the many ways in which the Comorra operate and influence society.

Gomorrah is based on actual events, and is filmed in a verite, documentary style making it disturbingly realistic.  The line between documentary and drama is blurred a bit, which I thought was a great, fresh take on the crime genre and should be used more often.  However, Garrone also seems overly-ambitious in trying to squeeze in every aspect of the Comorra organization, and in doing so neglects to develop engaging, dimensional characters, with a few exceptions.  In short, I feel it could’ve been better.

RATING:  7/10

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