Romanzo Criminale (2005)
Once upon a time in America (Italy) meets The Baader Meinhof Complex (with a bit of Heat).
Michele Placido’s gangster saga which can be compared to many movies and unfortunately for it, those movies have usually done it better. Here we have childhood friends that become crime lords, but their childhood years are skipped in about two minutes, so, unlike Sergio Leone’s epic, movie fails to get us attached to the characters. Also the cop character (the thing that reminded me to Heat) is superficial. Movie tries to incorporate real terrorist events from one of the Italy’s most turbulent and controversial periods in the story, but this part will be very confusing for anyone who’s not familiar with these events, and connection of these events with movie’s main protagonists feels very stretched. What probably annoyed me the most is that camera is non-stop sliding, which gives constant feeling that we are skipping through events and never stop to have a deeper look at certain point in the story.
Still, it is watchable movie, especially if you like crime movies (based on real people), but the story had potential for great movie.