If you loved City of God then you’ll really enjoy this film. It takes cues from De Palma’s Scarface and many other Gangster movies, but bases the real life stories in a very neo-realist sense. Although we see a lot of gun play and fantasy being acted out by the film’s almost comedic relief in the form of the characters Marco and Ciro (who act out scenes from Scarface and are always doing coke and robbing people), it is heavily realistic and does not glamorize the “gangster” lifestyle at all. I highly recommend Gomorrah for those interested in shows such as The Wire or The Corner, oh and Homicide Life on the Streets. Gomorrah doesn’t let character get in the way of story, it brings a fresh approach to the “gangster genre” by showcasing the truth, that it’s a crap world that ruins lives and causes damage to so many innocent people. At the end of the film it states that due to the illegal dumping of chemicals, the risk of getting cancer is increased by 20%, and all for a bit of money. At times, Gomorrah may be a little too raw, but nonetheless it is ruthless and unrelenting, engaging and deserves a spot as a quintessential modern day Italian film. Who cares if Scorsese loves it, this film can stand on its own merit.