This loose, not-quite-sequel to Fernando Meirelles' City of God takes us back to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and introduces us to two new characters (played by the stars of City of God). In this go-around we've got a pair of teenage best friends try to stay out of Rio's violent gang life. One locates his long-lost father and attempts to reconnect. One slowly comes to grips with his own premature parenthood. New director Paulo Morelli delivers plenty of high-caliber action (thanks to a fast-spreading gang war), lots of character drama and only slightly more moralizing than Meirelles. In Portuguese with English subtitles.110 minutes R.