Suburra (2015): A realistic view of the Italian mafia

What is it about?

If you want to build a casino empire in Italy, you have to work with the mafia. It’s the law. But what happens when there is more than one mafia, and some other players involved in the same project, and every single one of them wants a piece of the action? Well, then all hell breaks loose and people die.

That’s exactly what “Samurai”, a legendary gangster, wants to prevent. He doesn’t want a war or people getting killed. He just wants to make everything work and people to be happy. Don’t we all? But in a world where everyone has an angle and doesn’t want to share wealth and power with anyone, making everyone happy can be rather tricky.

Who should watch it?

It’s an Italian movie, so naturally, if you don’t know Italian you will need subtitles. And I know that some people, mostly from English speaking countries, simply hate subtitles. If you don’t mind subtitles and like a good mafia movie from a country that mafia actually originated from, you will probably like this movie. Note, however, that it’s not for kids.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I laugh?


  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?


  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Italians can make a really great movie!

  • Is it based on something?

    It’s based on a novel written by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini.

  • Is this movie a must-see?

    It’s a really good movie, but not a must-see.

Similar movies like “Suburra”?

You can try with the “Godfather” trilogy, “Goodfellas”, or  “Rockenrolla” for a more funnier approach.

Judgment time!

Even if you don’t like Italian cinema, you should watch “Suburra”, because it’s one of the best mafia movies, Italian and otherwise, I’ve seen in years. The plot is not the most original, but you are unlikely to guess how will it end, which is a big plus in my book.

Even though it has plenty of action, it’s not a typical Hollywood blockbuster with ridiculous things like guns with infinite ammo that always hit the bad guy and never hit the good guys, or obvious plot holes. “Suburra is realistic and brutal. It’s almost as if the people responsible for the movie actually did some research and learned a thing or two about how the mafia operates in Italy. Crazy, right?

The characters are well done and realistic. Every single one of them does things that are believable. When you combine them with a decent story, “Suburra” is a pleasure to watch. I give this movie 8/10.


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