Foreign Film Reviews
Part 3: #cityofgod , Brazilian/Portuguese Film
Review from @chandler_white24
City of God gives us a look at life inside the slums of Rio de Janiero and how one kid uses his love for photography as en escape from the compelling life of crime. Performed by very low key actors, they do a terrific job at capturing the real life feel of the horrendous lifestyle lived by these young people. Really the lifestyle of crime, drugs, murder, violence, fear, and brutality are the only avenues available, and unless you have an extremely strong will, this film shows how easily it is so get drawn into it all.
At times it’s hard to watch, but it’s hard to ever make yourself look away from it. There’s a sense of passion that went into making this film by the two directors and you can tell they really wanted to get the movie right. We’ve seen all the things this film as to offer, but never from this perspective. Seeing kids run around with guns, hurting and killing people who don’t do as they say, we have no choice but to pity them. It’s devastating, but they do a great job at offering a sense of hope in the messiness of it all.
Is this one of my favorite films? No. Is this an extremely solid film that will offer you a new experience with something you’ve never seen before? Yes. 8.5/10 for me. Go check it out on Netflix!