Elite Squad: The Enemy WithinHD
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About the Film
Wagner Moura is Captain Nascimento, commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), later promoted to sub-Secretary of Security for the State. After a disastrous operation on a prison riot, Nascimento gets caught in a bloody political dispute that involves not only government officials, but also deadly paramilitary groups known as the militias. Nascimento quickly emerges as victim of his own success in tackling Rio's drug gangs, he creates a vacuum filled by protection rackets supported by corrupt police. Dismantling the complex web of allegiances is a job made all the more dangerous by Nascimento's realisation that the very people that he should be able to rely on to support his mission could be his deadliest enemies. Adding to this professional challenge are his troubles at home, as Nascimento's ex-wife is now married to the newly elected State Representative, and his thirteen year old son is becoming increasingly estranged from his intense and emotionally distant father. However, soon enough, his professional and personal life violently collide as he realises his work attracts danger to his family. Is it too late to save his loved ones as well as the city he has worked so hard to protect?
Best brazilian movie
Even better than the first one. Excelent direction, performance, script. Shows the bigger picture of the goverment corruption and not only the drug dealers presence in rio. Recommend 100%!
Great - better than first
This isn't a sequel in the normal sense - i.e. it isn't more of the same with a bit of new stuff thrown in to justify the ticket price - it's a a great film that explodes out of the shell of the first movie.
The first 'Elite Squad' was a good film but a dubious one; it was part action film and part social-poltical statement about how out of touch the liberal left is with the reality of the street. It was accused, not without cause, of being 'fascist'.
I'm not sure that the first 'Elite Squad' was actually fascist, but reflected a brutal reality that there is a role for touch paramilitary policing in keeping organised crime contained, but this second film broadens the canvas and looks at how militarised policing and street crime are part of a much bigger picture of systemic corruption that is deeper more institutionalised than merely who get's a grubby cash pay-off in a brown envelope.
The Enemy Within doesn't disavow the sentiment of the first film, but it does put it in context; if you were ambivalent about the first movie, you must watch the second!
This film blew me away - highly recommended.