Paulo Morelli's film is a pacy, bloody thriller that pays warm tribute to a diverse crosssection 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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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Brutal and unflinching, City of Men is both a harrowing look at Brazil's favela life, and a touching tale of youths rushed into adulthood.
Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.
Cast & Crew
- © 2011 Miramax
- Portuguese (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)