City of God (2002)

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City of God (2002)
  • Time: 135 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
  • Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen

Storyline:

Brazil, 1960’s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well…too well. 1970’s: Li’l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980’s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs…will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.

One review

  • This movie is possibly one of my favorite foreign films that i have seen largely due to its outstanding cinematography, its detailed story, and the degree of shocking realism it was executed with. This movie definitely gives someone like me, who has never been to Rio De Janero, Brazil a taste of how dangerous and poverty stricken the area really is. This movie gives an insiders look of how local kids of Rio De Janero often easily get involved into gang activities such as murder, drug dealing, and drug use at an extremely young age. This movie also shows how one local caught in this mess of violence and drug abuse is able to improve his life and find his way out of this poverty stricken area. I recommend this movie to anyone who does not mind reading subtitles and likes a good gang movie.

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