Based on the international best-seller of the same name by Roberto Saviano, this award-winning portrait of the contemporary Neapolitan mob scene, better known as the Camorra, depicts five separate tales of individuals caught up in a life of crime.
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A dive into the under-world of Camorah (Naples' mafia). No melodramas here - just roughness, corruption, vanity and realism - the film follows a documentarean-style and is based upon Saviano's (Italian writer and Naples native) seminal research on the subject. This movie is a truly evocative diamond.
Unlike Traffic, it never dilutes its examination of crime into melodramatic sentiment, or turns 'realism' into tacky set pieces, like City of God. However, the 5 non-connecting stories are exhausting, and its details are non-existent due to their cutting that makes the emotion and story clinical and emotionally distant.
This was a very good watch, although flawed. I felt that it could have been a great film, maybe a masterpiece, but it just didn't quite gel into one. That said, it had many great individual elements to it and It's a film that needed to be made.