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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

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From acclaimed director José Padilha (Bus 174) and the Academy Award®-nominated writer of City of God comes the highest-grossing film of all time in South America.

The sprawling slum that surrounds Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on earth, so as the head of Rio s Special Police Operations Battalion, Captain Nascimento has seen his share of intense situations. When a mission to stop a jail riot ends in the violent death of a gang leader, Nascimento finds himself accused of a massacre...but the citizens of Rio, tired of the crime and drugs that plague their city, embrace him as a national hero. Instead of being fired he finds himself promoted. In his powerful new position, Nascimento brings the gangs that rule the slum to their knees, but quickly discovers that he s only made things even easier for the dirty cops and corrupt politicians that are truly running the game. Now, Nascimento must confront his true enemies, who are much more dangerous... and sitting just down the hall.


A must-see…a cross between The Departed, The Wire and The Godfather --Slashfilm

jolting…blistering-mad-as-hell. Grade: A- --Entertainment Weekly

…on the level of some of the best Scorsese or Coppola films. --Ain't It Cool News

Product Details

  • Actors: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, Andre Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Ribeiro
  • Directors: Jose Padilha
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 14, 2012
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On my short list of must-see film titles for 2011, Jose Padilha's "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" was certainly at the top of the roster. I first became aware of Padilha with the 2002 documentary feature "Bus 174," an unforgettable true life story of a bus hijacking that played out very publicly in the Brazilian media. It was a harrowing picture that had as much to say about contemporary journalism, rampant crime, local corruption, political maneuvering, and the state of the police as it did about the actual event it portrayed. I think that it is fair to say that some of these same themes have remained a constant in all of the writer/director's future film endeavors as well. That said, I do want to point out that "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is actually a sequel to the 2007 project entitled (you guessed it) "Elite Squad." While the two films are certainly better served as companion pieces, this does have a self contained story that can be enjoyed on its own merits. If you choose to see this without having seen the first picture, you might miss out on some of the character back story--but the screenplay brings you up to speed rather quickly and efficiently.

The movie centers around the returning character of Captain Nascimento, effectively played by Wagner Moura. Moura is in charge of a special crime unit and when a prison riot goes awry, the squad's tactics and decisions are called into question by human rights activists (led spectacularly by his ex-wife's new husband). Public opinion, however, sides with the fast acting and uncompromising Moura and thrusts him into a position of even more power. Making it a mission to eliminate Rio's rampant drug crisis, he targets the lower class slums where the problem has its strongest foothold.
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Only my second review on here IIrc, but this film was worthy I thought of a 5 star review. I took the chance on this rental based on the previous reviewer's high marks, and great overall review, and this film certainly was worth the time and money.

Very intelligent plot, lots of gritty action scenes, and awesome realistic gun play.

This film feels incredibly authentic for a fictional movie.
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I wasn't even aware there was an original Elite Squad until after I had heard about and had access to Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. The Enemy Within has been receiving rave reviews from pretty much everyone who has seen it. This is the type of movie that sucker punches you in the gut and you never see it coming, but all you can do is smile because that rush is unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within makes full use of the term, "thriller" before turning it upside down and inside out and doing it all over again in a two hour time period.

Some rather interesting camera work is utilized throughout the film. You take notice of it in the very first scene as the camera catches every crack and break in a pane of glass as a car is riddled with bullets. Slow motion is also used in a refreshing kind of way mostly because slow motion has looked the same way since 2006 when Leonidas kicked the messenger into the pit in 300. While this was probably done in a cheaper way since the budget wasn't nearly as big as it was in a film like 300, the fact that it was done differently is what makes it noteworthy. This feels more raw and less polished. The "size of a tangerine" scene is fairly awesome, as well. The scene is frozen at one point, but you see that scene from two different perspectives.

Taken, Man on Fire, and The Man From Nowhere; these are a few of the films the action scenes in Elite Squad: The Enemy Within may remind you of. Those scenes when everything hits the fan are the main reason to see this film, but everything in between is so tense that you find yourself easily getting absorbed into all of the events that are going on. Corruption is fascinating in a very disturbing kind of way.
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We know from our experience that a sequel is rarely as good as its original. But of course there are exceptions to the rule, and "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" ("Tropa de Elite 2 - O Inimigo Agora É Outro") is one of them. In fact, the 2010 Brazilian movie is better than the first feature "Elite Squad" ("Tropa de Elite") that was made three years before, with faster and more effective storytelling.

To suppress a violent conflict between prison inmates, Lieutenant Colonel Nascimento (Wagner Moura) and BOPE, a military police elite squad of Rio de Janeiro State, are sent out. The mission ends up with blood and death, sparking controversy among the citizens and media, which results in the demotion of André Matias (André Ramiro), Nascimento's successor, and promotion of Nascimento, who is now in charge of BOPE's operations.

Nascimento dedicates himself to improving BOPE so that he can fight the "system" involving drug dealers and bribe-taking police officers, but things are not so simple. Director José Padilha weaves an intricate web of characters including corrupt police officers and opportunistic politicians, skillfully keeping us interested in what happens next. The main story itself might be a little familiar, but the film remains interesting throughout, with a slick and suspenseful narrative and documentary-like action sequences.

To me the conclusion was a slight letdown, but that is perhaps because I had expected something similar to the original's ending. But you can enjoy "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" as a stand-alone film, without watching the original. "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is a first rate crime drama.
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