Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Starring: Walter Lippa, Salvatore Esposito, Fortunato Cerlino, Marco D’Amore, Fabio de Caro
Running Time: 1180 minutes
Number of discs: 8
Release Date: 25 July 2016
Gomorrah is a gritty, 24 part drama over two series set in Naples, Italy. Based on the bestselling book by Robert Saviano it shows in grim detail the workings of the Mafia. Robert Saviano exposed the Camorra Mafia syndicate in and around Naples and as such is still living under police protection as he has been for the last 8 years. His inside knowledge rings out loud and clear in each and every episode.
As you would expect from the subject matter Gomorrah is an 18 certificate DVD and contains plenty of violence, mainly shooting, but it never feels over the top. Even though it’s in Italian with English subtitles it’s not hard going to watch, the plot just draws you in to wanting more.
The gang warfare drama is based on the Savastano clan who, at the start of series one reign over Naples making hundreds of thousands of euros from importing drugs and selling them on the streets. Pretty much everyone in the area works for Don Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino) and things run fairly smoothly. Things all change when Don Pietro finds himself in prison with no foreseeable release date. He hands the reins to his son Genny (Salvatore Esposito), but Genny is still young and weak and finds himself led by his father’s right hand man, Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore). His mother doesn’t trust Ciro one little bit and so sends Genny off to South America to deal with the drug imports and to toughen up. When Genny does eventually return he has changed beyond recognition and is full of bitterness, especially with his mother for sending him away in the first place.
What plays out over the next series is a spinning web of deceit between Don Pietro, Genny and Ciro as all want to rule Naples. They play each other off against one other until no one can be trusted as each tries to turn the other loyal gang members against them. Ciro won’t stop until he is king and plays every trick in the book even enlisting help from Conte, another rival mafia boss. The highlights of the series I will keep under wraps for you to watch for yourselves as the plot gets thicker and thicker, but remember, trust no one.
An insider’s view of the Mafia combined with fantastic cast performances and a fast paced plot make Gomorrah a must watch. It is a real edge of the seat drama, it moves quickly has tons of twists and turns making captivating viewing. The ending is a shocker but is still left open. Will there be a third series? If so I will definitely be watching and recommending it.
Available to buy from Amazon here.