Never Have I Ever Seen: City of God

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And the arms supplier? The police! Salesman dispatched, the police are on Ze's trail now. At the same time Ze is arming the Runts, probably another bad move. If only Benny was around....

And we're back at the opening scene... It's Ze's gang's chicken, Rocket, with camera, and his mate are in the middle of the road, the police at the end of the road. The police back off, Ze invites Rocket to take pics of the gang... ... and Knockout Ned shows up. Shootout!

A kid in Carrot/Ned's gang is wounded, Ned comforts him and say's he'll return to look after him as he has to go after Ze. The kid shoots him in the back. Ned's dead. There goes another tolerable character - there's no happy endings here.

It turns out the kid that shot Ned, Otto, was the son of a guard shot in a raid by Ned and he'd joined the gang to get close to and then kill his father's killer. Jeez this is grim stuff.

The police turn up & Ze, Carrot and others are picked up. Rocket follows the police van. Ze is removed from the van and the police take him to his place and grab all his money & trinkets. Rocket is snapping away.

Ze's left by the police... ...but here come the Runts. They don't half put some holes in Ze! More pics for Rocket.

As the film ends, Rocket's pics are a goldmine for the newspaper, Rocket gets a job there and the Runts run loose openly armed and discuss their revenge kill list. They are just kids!! The circle of fear, death and despair.

Still, one bloke got a job eh? Let's end on a high note.

So, what did you make of City of God then? It's a pretty mesmerising watch, but every scene is a kind of "hide behind the sofa" moment. Nothing good happens. It's also a true story, and if it's typical of life in the favelas then what a shit life. It's also an utterly brilliant film, if you haven't seen it make sure you do. It moved me.

IMDB has a rating of 8.7 for this, agree? I don't know how to rate films, but I would struggle to do anything other than rate this as high as possible - so, em... yes. Seems about right to me.