January 31st 2009 07:30
Despite the fanfare surrounding the novel, the movie itself also heralded attention with its numerous award nominations including a nomination for a BAFTA for Best Film Not In The English Language and for its win at the Cannes Film Festival.
This movie plays like a documentary and whilst I don't mind a good documentary, in truth I found this particular piece dull and drawn out. Five stories are shown in Gomorrah but unlike movies like Babel, there is no wrap up, giving an unfinished sense to the film.
This film is violent and does not hold back on the dirt, corruption or decay and no one is spared. The Camorra infiltrates all facets of Italian society including most heartbreaking of all, the involvement and corruption of young children. The actors can not be faulted for their performances, all truthfully told and interpreted - so much so they don't even seem like they are acting.
Despite my interest in the subject matter, I couldn't warm to Gomorrah and I came away feeling that I had somehow missed something.
Voyage Review - 2.5/5