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City of God [2002 film] (2002)

by Fernando Meirelles (Director), Kátia Lund (Director)

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The world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. The true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.
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Gang violence escalates in the neighborhood of a kid who wants to be a photographer.

It's a fairly interesting story, I guess. I never really got behind any of the characters. It seems like they had to make a choice between focusing on an unlikable character (a cold-blooded murderer), or on a relatively boring character (the protagonist/narrator). They went with the unlikable one, which is certainly the better of the two, but they shouldn't have had to make that choice in the first place. I mean, if your protagonist is boring, make a different movie.

Concept: C
Story: B
Characters: C
Dialog: C
Pacing: B
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: B

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.7/4 ( )
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Meirelles, FernandoDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lund, KátiaDirectormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Amaral, NelsonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barata Ribeiro, Andreasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braga, AliceActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunha, DarlanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Firmino, LeandroActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fonseca, DeniseActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Francisco, RamónActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haagense, JonathanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haagensen, JonathanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodrigues, Alexandresecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zettel, DanielActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. The true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.

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