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City of Men

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Editorial Reviews

Paulo Morelli's film is a pacy, bloody thriller that pays warm tribute to a diverse cross-section of American directors including Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay. Bullets zing across the screen, heavy artillery is deployed at all times, and Morelli makes great use of the twisty favela streets during some frantic chase sequence. Silva and Cunha, who both had roles in CITY OF GOD, carry the picture with impressive ease, and while CITY OF MEN isn't an official sequel to Meirelles's lauded picture, it does serve as a neat continuation of that film's unshakable portrayal of the violence that has beset so many young lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Actors: Douglas Silva
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FW05O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "City of Men" on IMDb

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By B. Roberts on January 23, 2009
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I watched City of Men once before I had seen the 19-episode TV series of the same name (City of Men) and after I had watched the TV series. The movie is literally one hundred times more powerful and exciting if you have watched the show and understand the characters. If you have not watched the City of Men TV show, my recommendation is to buy that before you watch this movie and if you have watched the show, this is an amazing follow up to the series that wraps things up very nicely and is for all intents and purposes an excellent final 'episode'.

Don't buy this expecting a sequel to City of God because they are not in the same league as far as production value and entertainment are concerned. The pacing is much slower and there is certainly less action, but this movie assumes that you already know what happened in the sereies. There are a healthy dose of flashbacks that take place throughout, but these are more to remind the viewer of moments that took place throughout the show than they are to catch new viewers up to speed. In closing, I highly recommend City of Men the movie, but only after you have seen the TV show, otherwise it will still be an entertaining film, but it was made to be coupled with the series.
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I had seen the 19-episode TV series on DVD, and I had been awaiting the movie since it was filmed in 2006.

I received the movie on DVD on July 1. I really liked the movie because it stayed true to the TV show ( mostly ) and also because it finally touched on a subject that many whom are familiar with the TV series had been wondering about: the estranged fathers of the boys.

There's not much I can say here without spoiling it. But rest assured that this movie ( preceded by watching the TV series ) is something that you will want to see.
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For starters, I spent two years living in Brasil, and a good part of that time was spent living in favelas. This movie, even more so than City of God, shows exactly what life is like in the favela.

If you have seen City of God and liked it then you will certainly like this. The beginning, while slow, is necessary to set the stage for the story, and the story is amazing. The story of City of God was epic, heart-breaking, and shocking, and is, in my opinion, one of the top five gang films ever made, and probably the most underrated gang film of all time. But it did have one flaw, City of God, at its core, was mostly a soulless film. It's purpose was mostly to showcase the goings on of gang life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and more specifically, how terribly bloody and horrifying they can be. This film, which was equally amazing albeit in a very different way, focused more on how the actions of the gangs can affect those who live within their territory. It showed how the bad choices of some, tear apart lives far from them and end hurting people in ways that they could not have foreseen. The film is also about forgiveness and the realization that, at a certain point, you have to be the one to end the chain of violence, even if you feel justified in your actions, or it will take everything you have left from you. Violence begets violence, and he who lives by the sword, will die by it, and that is definitely the message of this film. In a way, that was largely the lesson of the last film as well, but again, the last film told the story from the point of view of the gangsters, this one tells it from the point of view of the "moradores", the people who have to try to live their lives in peace while destruction rains down around them.
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I loved City of God as disturbing as it was to watch. City of Men is very different, less graphic and more hopeful. They are both beautiful films.
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There's quite a bit going on in this last movie in the 3-part trilogy. The scenery is stunning. But the story is good as well. The guy who plays Wallace's father looks remarkably like him. Part of the ironic genius of this show is the extremely stunning scenery in which all the violence of the story takes place. If you've started with City of God, continued with the TV series "City of Men" then you'll surely be catching this last part of the trilogy also called City of Men (the movie, not the series). See the top-notch TV series before this. This last movie as with all the previous installments does not disappoint. Both the picture and sound quality on this DVD are excellent as well.
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Although I did enjoy this movie, City of Men isn't as good as City of God. The movie only made sense to me because I watched the Brazilian Television Series BEFORE deciding to watch the movie. The TV Series (found on YouTube) fills in all the gaps that the movie skips over.
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"It didnt look real"??? Have you been to a favela??? Have you even been to Rio de Janeiro or Brasil for that matter? Because by your comment it is very obvious that you haven't. This movie is relatively slower than City of God but this movie is portraying Rio currently instead of in the 70s (when City of God is set). The drug wars are still brutal but aren't year long ordeals. This movie is exceptional at showing modern day Rio and I very highly recommend it. Make sure to watch the TV show first!
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