Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Complex Action Flick and Examination of Violence and Corruption in Brazil., April 23, 2012
This review is from: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (DVD)
"Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within" is the final film in Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha's trilogy about urban violence. It revisits some of the characters from "Elite Squad" (2007). Lt. Colonel Beto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is a 20-year veteran of Rio de Janeiro's military police force BOPE. He is blamed for a bloodbath at the Bangu 1 maximum security prison, when one of his officers kills an inmate who is holding a famous left-wing intellectual hostage. Diogo Praga (Irandhir Santos) is Nascimento's personal and professional nemesis, a crusader against BOPE and now the husband of Nascimento's ex-wife Rosane (Maria Ribeiro). When Nascimento is promoted to Undersecretary of Intelligence, he vows to make BOPE into a war machine against the drug trade.

The film follows Nascimento's four-year transformation by the politics and realities of power. He is a man deeply committed to stamping out the violent drug trade and rampant corruption in Rio. He is obsessively dedicated and confident in his abilities and methods. But even the best-laid plans go awry, as Nascimento becomes the victim of the law of unintended consequences, and, at least for the non-Brazilian viewer, the film takes a few unexpected turns. On one level, "Elite Squad 2" is an action movie with a stoic, courageous hero and all-too-real gun battles in Rio's favellas. On another, it is an exploration of the complex power dynamic between the city's police, politicians, and criminals. It is ideological, but the complexities of Nascimento's character and his problem are engrossing.

The DVD (New Video 2012): The only bonus feature is a "Making Of Featurette" (56 min) that is too long but features director José Padilha's explanation of how his three films about violence relate to one another, the actors commenting on their characters, and behind-the-scenes information about making the film. The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles, as is the bonus feature. Subtitles cannot be turned off.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.3 out of 5 stars (80 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (47)
4 star:
 (20)
3 star:
 (9)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (3)
 
 
 
$29.95 $15.49
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer

mirasreviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (VINE VOICE)    (COMMUNITY FORUM 04)    (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)   

Location: McLean, VA USA

Top Reviewer Ranking: 242