City of God

Fernando Mereilles and Katia Lund

9/10 (emotionally hollow)

A shocking, unrelenting look at gang life in the shantytown favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Based on actual events and filmed using real-life favela residents with basic training in screen acting, the gritty truth of the movie is undeniable. Its intensity level will leave you wired and the on-screen violence perpetrated by children and teenagers can be difficult to watch. But apart from the simple shock value, “City” is an extremely well-produced film, with a terrific script, great camerawork/cinematography and an unbeatable soundtrack.

It fails at perfection because the makers don’t make you care enough about the characters to be really moved. There’s a detachment to the story that — while it makes for great viewing — is borderline exploitative. Bottom line though: see it already, if you don’t mind disturbing imagery.

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15 April 2010


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