The City of God
The movie The City of God, which was produced by Fernando Meirelles, was a very different film compared to any other that I have seen. The movie takes place during the 1960’s and 70’s in Brazil. This was an extremely harsh and violent time and is still as bad today. To understand the movie, something to know is there are mainly two types of people in this movie, hoods and people that aren’t hoods. Hood was a word used to describe what in today’s world would be called a gangster or thug. The movie introduces a few of the characters and whose eyes the movie will be seen through, which is Rocket. Rocket was the brother of a popular hood and never becomes a hood at any time because it never appealed to him to do so. Rocket’s brother and the other hoods were looked up too by some of the younger kids but feared by most people. Doing hold-ups to get money, selling and doing drugs and running from the cops was the everyday life of being a hood. There was one young kid who wanted nothing but to be a hood and eventually he would be more than that. After helping out the older hoods with holding up a motel, this kid who eventually would be known as Lil Ze’ begins his journey to becoming the most respected and feared hood in the City of God. As the years went by Lil Ze’ killed and killed until he started obtaining some power. As this was happening Rocket shared his interests and explained the view of how Lil Ze’ was taking over from the perspective of everyone else and not from Lil Ze’ and his clan. Once Lil Ze’ had taken over the drug business from a hood he used to be under, he took absolute control of the City of God. He had ten-year-old kids being lookouts and working their way up to being dealers and then possible management. He didn’t have to ask people to join because so many people asked him if they could join. There was one other big dealer and hood that Lil Ze’ wanted to take out and that was Carrot. When... [continues]
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