Need a gangster fix? We've got you covered.
In terms of memorable opening scenes, it's hard to top the image of a priest getting sweaty during a drug-fuelled orgy. Welcome to the world of Suburra, Netflix's new series that's more than capable of filling that Narcos-shaped hole in your life.
Based on the Carlo Bonini/Giancarlo De Cataldo novel of the same name, Suburra is a prequel to the eponymous 2015 film that depicted the chaos, blood, and anarchy that followed the efforts of a gangster to turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas.
Much like every title in the Mafia genre, nobody is on steady ground in Subuurra because corruption, danger, and betrayal are lurking around every corner.
Oh yeah, there's also enough drugs to make Pablo Escobar blush.
Without giving too much away, just like the film, the plot revolves around a highly desirable piece of land that's owned by the Vatican. Before certain pockets can be filled, the monsignor that's tasked with handling this financial transaction has managed to get himself into something of a pickle.
In this environment of uncertainty, the saints and sinners of Rome will all wrestle for power.
That being said, there's very little to differentiate between the morals and humanity of Mafia members, police officers, politicians, gypsies and Church officials. They're all just as corrupt as each other, but in this environment of brutal violence and shady dealings, who will end up as the rulers of Rome?
As we're told from the very beginning: “Rome. Patricians, plebeians, politicians. Criminals, whores, and priests. This place hasn’t changed in 2,000 years.”
See for yourself because it's now available on Netflix- just make sure that you're watching it in Italian because the dubbed version isn't as good.
Plenty of people have already been impressed.