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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Wagner Moura
Irandhir Santos
Milhem Cortaz.
Directors
José Padilha.
Screenwriters
José Padilha
Bráulio Mantovani.
Running Time
116 minutes

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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Sequel to Brazilian actioner.. now 27% eliter


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Plot
Thirteen years on from his first outing, Lt. Colonel Nascimento (Moura) is back to take the fight corrupt coppers within Rio's police department. Cue several shades of bloody violence as Nascimento's BOPE squad takes on deadly gangs of paramilitaries.


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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Whereas the original Elite Squad had Lt. Colonel Nascimento (Wagner Moura) declaring war on Rio’s drug cartels, this time it’s dirty cops who are targeted. After a botched stand-off between rioting prisoners and Nascimento’s BOPA squad, Nascimento is kicked upstairs to become under-secretary of intelligence. This leaves room for the rabid Colonel Fabio (Milhem Cortaz) to form his own criminal militia within the force. Director José Padilha comfortably handles the action: gun battles are breathless and harrowing — full bore flights of savagery and excitement. And while the open ending leaves way for an inevitable sequel, it’s a thrilling, more cohesive piece than its predecessor.


Verdict
A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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Seriously awesome (but the first one still better)

I do not have much to say about this movie is really good, but I still prefer the 1st. This is completely different from Tropa de Elite 1, considering the fact that while the 1st had mans from BOPE (Brazilian Swat), who had their thoughts and personal stories of how they dealt with corrupt police, since this focuses more attention on corruption Overall, both the police but also the government, corruption at the highest level possible that is happening in Brazil. Here the bad guys in this movie ... More

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Posted by Ralph25 at 20:43, 09 April 2013 | Report This Post


WOW!

This is awesome! I was a big fan of City of God, so I knew violence was to be expected when revisiting these streets. However, what makes this film so good is the politics. Dirty, grimey, politics. This is stunning. I look forwards to seeing more from this director. ... More

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Posted by danielthompson99 at 20:19, 27 August 2012 | Report This Post


Amazing

Terrific film. Really surprised at how good it was. Infernal Affairs/Wire fans will love it. ... More

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