City of God Review by Daghan Dalgic

City of God  is a Brazilian film about the transformations of the people of the city, Rio de Janeiro. It focuses on the life of the childhood of a boy called Rocket and his hesitance to getting involved with the dangers of the city. 

The screenplay is brilliantly written and organised, in a way that the viewer is able to experience the stories of other characters in the city besides Rocket through short sequences. The story is phenomenal and beautifully done. 

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Risky filmmaking and series of phenomenally executed shots make this movie what it is. At one shot, the camera revolves around Rocket who is crouching to grab a chicken and then the shot transitions to Rocket as a kid playing soccer. Many incredible cinematic techniques and great editing make this movie a masterpiece. 

Another incredibly intriguing aspect  was the acting. Around 70% of the actors in this movie are children. And they nail every scene. I was very impacted by the acting. You will laugh, cry and find yourself on a journey with the characters on the screen.

City of God movie is a celebration of life, death, hate and love. I have been sitting on a chair for the last 30 minutes trying to think of anything that could be improved but there aren't any. This movie has the best editing I have ever seen and it's definitely a must-see for all movie lovers. It is one of the best movies of the 2000s. 

Overall Score: 10/10