DVD - 2009 - Italian
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the "system," the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a "normal" life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel world, and one that is deeply rooted in reality.

Publisher: [United States] : E1 Entertainment, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Nov 29, 2014
  • Froster rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Immediately one understands why Martin Scorsese "presents" this film. It is as thoroughgoing a deglamorization of the mafia as one is likely to see, and it is done in a trendily "affectless" documentary style. Perhaps Mr. Scorsese is feeling some remorse for his past efforts glorifying a bunch of venal thugs. However, the qualities that make this so satisfying to him, make it less so to the audience. Gomorrah is a portrait of a system and way of life, rather than the individuals in it. Those individuals really never stand out, and so, the film is less involving than it should be. These are faces and types--not characters. It never gets one going emotionally...and the best films about corruption (think Elia Kazan) generally do. It ranks a B, at best.

Apr 02, 2014

It actually has an option for subtitles from the set-up menu, but on the copy I had, when you select English Subtitles, it does not show subtitles. Weird....

Nov 13, 2013

An excellent film. Great characterization and atmosphere.

Oct 22, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Want a different but brutal perspective of Italy and global economy? Based on RACHEL DONADIO's book Published: November 25, 2007 To the average tourist, or even the devoted Italophile, the Italy of Roberto Saviano’s “Gomorrah” is an utterly unrecognizable place. There is no Renaissance art, no leisurely lunches or bustling piazzas, no world-class design, no achingly beautiful landscapes. Instead, we find an alien land of doped-up child soldiers, gun-toting clan women, illegal Chinese immigrants, sweatshops, drug smuggling, garbage and cement. Complex crime story of modern Italy's underworld. (First saw this in Summer of 2012, got a bit better the 2nd viewing)

Jun 16, 2013

It says Italian, are there english subtitles?

May 23, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A very slow moving film about the mafia. I did not watch most of it.

Mar 18, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gritty, gripping realism in a multi-faceted contemporary crime docudrama set in Naples. There's much to digest, what with five individual stories transpiring simultaneously. A bit chaotic, but I got in the groove eventually. Very well done. And very grim. (And evidently not for everybody. Worked for me.)

Mar 17, 2013
  • Red_Sox rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Just because it's a foreign movie doesn't mean it's any good.

May 20, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tightly wound mafia tale. Extremely genuine foreign film. Moves at a slow, but even, pace with some scenes of brutal, realistic violence. Follows several connected story arcs, that all come to interesting conclusions. Well acted with a feel of complete immersion into the setting. A must see for fans of gangster movies.

Mar 20, 2011
  • nabab rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When a feature film feels like a documentary it is a testimony for the quality of the screenplay, the skill of direction and acting. Such is the case with "Gomorrah". It would be a slight benefit to read the book first, in order to fully understand the ebb and flow of the characters in the movie.


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Oct 21, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Campania has one of the highest murder rates in Europe, one of the world’s highest ratios of drug dealers to inhabitants, soaring levels of unemployment and cocaine addiction, and elevated cancer rates linked to toxic waste dumping. Since 1979, 3,600 people have died at the hands of the Camorra — more than have been killed by the Sicilian Mafia, the Irish Republican Army or the Basque group ETA. Just last month, the pope made a special visit to Naples to denounce the “deplorable” violence in the region, the result of continuing drug wars between rival clans. The dead do not leave this world peaceably. In “Gomorrah,” bodies are decapitated with circular saws, strangled slowly, drowned in mud, tossed down wells with live grenades, shot point blank near a statue of Padre Pio. A young priest who dared speak out is murdered and posthumously accused of cavorting with whores. Even after death, Saviano writes, “you are guilty until proven innocent.”

Mar 16, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

(Digging up buried guns in the woods that they stole from the Camorra) Ciro (Sweet Pea): "You're taking the wrong road. We'll never live to be adults." Marco: "Better to die young."

Mar 16, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Closing Footnotes: "In Europe the Camorra has killed more people than any other criminal organization. Four thousand deaths in the last thirty years. One every three days. Scampia is the largest open-air drug market in the world. Daily sales per clan run about 500,000 euros. If clan managed toxic waste were piled up, it would reach 47,900 feet. Mount Everest is 29,000 feet high. Cancer rates have increased 20% in the poisoned areas. Profits from illegal activities are reinvested worldwide. The Camorra has invested in the reconstruction of the Twin Towers."


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