By Will Barber Taylor
With the Godfather Don Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino) murdered, there is a void to be filled in the underworld of Naples. His son Genny (Salvatore Esposito) takes control, using the opportunity to settle old scores. The survivors of the remaining factions, exhausted by the warring and massive police pressure, have suffered drastic financial losses and make peace. And with Avitabile (Ginfranco Gallo) in prison for another year, Genny now has to reign over North Naples and Rome.
Ciro (Marco D’Amore) on the other hand, has had his revenge, but his dreams and family have been destroyed. He decides to leave everything behind, travels to Bulgaria and to work for the big time drug dealer Valentin (Stilian Ivanov). When Ciro has to return to Naples, he forms a new powerful partnership with the young and ambitious Enzo (Arturo Muselli).
Enzo, with Ciro’s help, learns how to be a real boss and to take what he is entitled to. It is a time of drastic change for all of them. Once they started out as street level drug dealers. Now they are casting their net way beyond the city of Naples and the borders of Italy.
Like its previous series, reviews of which you can see on this site, Gomorrah is a fascinating and complex drama that thrills its audience as much as it makes it think. Set in the dark and murky world of the Italian mafia, Gomorrah is unlike any other series about the violent criminals. The series is not simply one filled with violence and gore but has intelligence and style behind it – we are given deep, psychologically fascinating reasons why Genny and Ciro do the things they do. Gomorrah is a series that redefines the modern crime thriller genre. It is a series of fascinating contradictions and exquisite detail.
The performances throughout the series are excellently done. The two best performances come from Genny (Salvatore Esposito) and Ciro (Marco D’Amore). Both characters have been moulded by Genny’s late father, Don Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino). Ciro served as Pietro’s apprentice before becoming acrimonious towards him and becoming his nemesis. This ensures that his relationship to Genny is a complex and fascinating battle – though they do not directly interact, their faces when discussing one another perfectly demonstrate the true hatred they feel and the need to destroy the other. Ciro’s scenes with Enzo are equally well done – it is great to see Ciro take on the role of the master mafia boss, instructing his young pupil on how to take power and control as much territory as possible.
The writing throughout the series is also excellent. Leonardo Fasoli brings the seedy world of Roberto Saviano’s book fully to life. The inert and dark details are expertly demonstrated by his pen, as is the characterisation of Ciro. He is a man driven by a desire for power but also wishes to keep his family together and his twisted way of doing it is one of the cornerstones of the series’ dramatic panache.
The latest season of Gomorrah is in some ways, the end of an era, marking the conclusion of the arcs of some major characters. It is, however, a series that is as addictive as ever, a complex and well thought through examination of how a life governed by violence mostly ends in tragedy. Like an Italian Peaky Blinders, Gomorrah reminds us of the meaning of family and friendship and how those qualities mean even more in a swirling cocktail of deceit and destruction. One can only hope that the next season can reach up to the high standards of its predecessors.
Gomorrah Series 3 will be released on DVD on the 12th of March 2018.