Piranhas (2019) – Film Review

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Piranhas (2019)

Film Review

Director: Claudio Giovannesi
Cast: Francesco DiNapoli, Viviana Aprea, Alfredo Turitto
Certificate: 15

by Roger Crow / @RogerCrow

Nicola is a young man who lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanitae neighborhood of Naples, a place which has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries.

Dreaming of a life filled with designer clothing and elite nightclub service, Nicola and his naive group of friends start selling drugs, their entry into the violent, power-hungry world of crime.

Of course they soon realise they’re in over their heads and tragedy occurs.

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“Lashings of energy”

The mostly young cast make a good job of the drama and director Claudio Giovannesi knows how to stitch a scene together. The whole thing ticks over with lashings of energy, and there are times it reminds me of Bugsy Malone (mini gangsters), Akira (hoodlums on bikes), and Once Upon a Time in America (sweeping crime epic).

Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, Piranhas is a must for those who love Italian cinema.

There’s a naturalism to the drama which hooks the viewer in, while the cast’s lack of baggage helps enormously; Francesco DiNapoli could be a star of tomorrow.

It went down a storm at the Berlin International Film Festival last year and is bound to attract similar acclaim in Blighty.

Performances7
Direction8
Screenplay8
Editing8
Cinematography8
'Piranhas' is released on digital platforms, July 13
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