Tag Archives: violence

Gomorra – 2008 – Matteo Garrone

Gomorra is both a revelatory mafia movie and a far remove from the effusive Hollywood Sicilian jobs. Set mostly in the sprawling maze of Scampia, a Neapolitan suburb, the movie is based on the tell-all book of the same name. It’s a raw, violent and unflinching portrayal of one of the most ruthless gangs on earth. JJ


Invasor, O – 2002 – Beto Brant

32m.jpgInvasor, O (The Trespasser) has a grotesque plot similar to ‘Amores Perros’, it’s a caustic satire of the new Brazilian social climbers encapsulated in a tragically realistic story. Hiring a killer is always more complicated than you could ever imagine. Hit man Anísio (Paulo Miklos) is terrific.

Mario Alemi

Funny Games U.S. – 2007 – Michael Haneke

10m.jpgOnce more with extreme violence, brutality and provocation Haneke carbon copies his 1997 version this time in the US. He asserts that violence in cinema is essentially an American discourse – hence the remake – the result is a kind of ‘intellectual’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Don’t watch Funny Games for answers or clarity or if you’re not too keen on torture and bloodletting.


Eastern Promises – 2007 – David Cronenberg

easternpromises1_large1.jpgThematically, Eastern Promises is similar to Cronenberg’s last outing – A History of Violence. Set in London, it revolves around the activities of rival Eastern European Mafioso. The violence is shocking and Viggo Mortensen produces the best acting of his career – he is utterly compelling. Unfortunately, the movie never finds fifth gear. JJ

Eastern Promises offers an interesting insight into the emigrated Russian mafia and its influence on the British underworld. Covers most bases; drugs, prostitution, underage rape, mafia, chauvinism, chivalry, and childbirth. Quite a gloomy movie, as one would expect when mother Russia is involved, but works quite well. Worth a watch, despite all its grue and depression. Brian Murray.

13 Tzameti – 2005 – Géla Babluani

th-fred.jpgWhat would it take for you to kill someone? In Tzameti the protagonist unwittingly ends up in a secretive but deadly game of Russian roulette after following instructions intended for some one else. Shot in black and white, it’s nerve wracking, visceral and crazy.