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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Very intelligent plot, lots of gritty action scenes, and awesome realistic gun play.
This film feels incredibly authentic for a fictional movie.
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.Read more ›
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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Elite Squad(Tropa de Elite) was a great Brazilian movie that made huge success with lots of action and brutality....This 2nd one in my opinion is even better than the first.... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Fluminense Rio
GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!! After you watch it you will be mad at yourself for not finding it earlier.Published 7 months ago by Cory
My English friend called this 'the most violent movie' he had ever seen. Very good glimpse into the Brazilian culture (which I know well) and how things work in Brazil, which is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peanut
Wagner Moura is quite simply the best actor alive today.Published 10 months ago by Jonathan M STemmler