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GANGSTER PARADISE: JERUSALEMA makes up for its title with a decent trailer

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
May 11th, 2010

You know that old phrase about judging a book by its cover? The same thing goes for judging a movie by its title. GANGSTER PARADISE: JERUSALEMA is quite possibly one of the worst movie titles I've ever seen. It sounds like a crappy sequel to an even crappier video game. However, two positives come out of that title. First of all, I'm all of a sudden inspired to find the best movie titles with colon's in the name. Second, it's still got a pretty great trailer. Check it out after the break.


The film's description doesn't exactly sound like anything new. It's pretty much your run of the mill crime drama. Here's a short synopsis, courtesy of Apple:

Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea.

The movie is set in the crime ridden districts of Johannesburg, South Africa where kids are criminals, adults are kingpins, and violence is the norm. It's as if Hobbes were let loose in the 21st Century. I also stumbled across an interesting fact when perusing the cast list. Several of the actors are veterans of an earlier film set in Johannesburg from 2009- DISTRICT 9.

The trailer looks to be inspired partially by the 2002 Brazilian film,  CITY OF GOD. All that's missing is the characteristic cinematography and this could easily be mistaken for another sequel. That film ranks in my all time favorites, so if this film is taking lessons from CITY OF GOD it could end up being quite enjoyable.

Source Apple

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