Friday, April 29, 2005

NetFlix Movie: City of God - 4/28/2005

First off let me say that I am not a big fan of movies with sub-titles, when I watch a movie I like to focus on the pretty moving pictures, NOT reading! With that being said, this movie was well worth the extra effort of reading. "City of God" is a Brazilian movie that is based around a boy named Rocket who grows up in the most dangerous and poorest section of Rio de Janeiro. This movie takes you for a journey of his life and the people that surround him.

The movie starts off with a gang of hoods chasing a chicken with guns, we then see Rocket crossing paths with the hoods and the the gang leader Lil Ze. From here it flashes back to Rocket's childhood and shows how the main characters into he movie become who they are. The movie shows people doing what it takes to survive in the slums, some turn to crime, some try to work. But no matter what life is hard and temptations are all around. Even though Rocket keeps his nose clean and stays away from the gangs, he still finds himself in constant run ins with the wrong crowd.

City of God is narrated by Rocket and goes well beyond his story. We see how lives in the slums intertwine and how one action affects everything else. This movie is gritty and raw with a lot of violence. But definitely a must see.

Kieran Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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