Nicola is a teenage kid and would-be Paranza (Piranha), groomed to be a foot soldier on the streets of Naples for Camorra mob bosses. However, Nicola is more ambitious than most, if not all, of his contemporaries. Resembling an underage Scarface, he quickly rises through the ranks with a combination of raw charm, assertiveness, audacity and a capacity for cold-blooded violence. Adapted from the 2016 novel by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, which draws on real life events, Piranhas is the impressive third feature by Claudio Giovannesi (Ali Blue Eyes, Fiore). It’s atmospherically captured by Daniele Ciprì’s crisp cinematography and features impressively convincing performances, particularly by lead actor Francesco Di Napoli.
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