Fear City:  New York vs the Mafia (2020)

(Last Updated On: July 26, 2020)

Fear City - New York vs The Mafia (2020)

Title: Fear City:  New York vs the Mafia

Year: 2020

Genre:  Crime | Documentary |

Season: 1|

Runtime: 45-60 min/Episode

Directed by: Sam Hobkinson

Starring: Joe Cantamessa, Johnny Alite, Michael Franzese



Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and ’80s, until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down.


If you want a series where the content turns your stomach inside-out, this ain’t the series for you. This is more like getting punched in the face while you’re asleep. The series intends to cover a crucial time in New York when the mafia families run the city of New York. With sharp sound, designated interviews that trap you in the story.

It shifts between reenactments, archives, sound-bites and visual aids to make you more involved in the story.  The mini-series is produced by the same team behind Don’t fuck with Cats (2019) which was, of course, is a completely another story. This series, on the other hand, are driven with a compact narrative that is supposed to give some truth behind this. 

With only three episodes to disposal, it’s a short-lived mini-series on Netflix. It has an engaging, dark and twisted atmospheric. It ain’t for the weak-minded considering the raw content. Despite the underwhelming number of episodes it still provides you enough with details to give some insight and truth behind the mafia history in New York. 

But not enough to clarify this as a top-notch documentary on the underworld in New York City. It’s filled with inconsistency, plot holes and details that don’t always make sense. This leads it to feel underwhelming because it doesn’t offer anything new. Not really. These are something that you can read and watch elsewhere, which makes the sake on Netflix courtesy just unwanted. You can read about this elsewhere. Elsewhere. This information is new. Again not new and it feels like Netflix are just using it to make their spot on the platform filled only because they don’t have any new material.

The element that kept this watchable and engaged in the documentary part was the editing. It’s fast-paced and it’s tries something different in their approach to telling a forty-year-old story but… the editing is one of the sharpest abilities it has. Then you have that you already know the ending, which is sad because you just wait for it to end occasionally. In the end; the series is cheap, fast-paced and deliver not something new to the table.


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