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  • Sash503426 January 2011
    10/10
    Wow.
    I'll say one thing right off the bat, this movie is incredible. I saw it in a packed theater at the Sundance film festival and I've never heard louder applause from an audience. I would recommend watching the first film, just because its also very good and introduces all the characters. However, this film stands on its own. The director sought to make this stand out from the first film and he succeeded. This has fantastic action, great dialogue, and some hilarious dark humor. But most of all, its intelligent, its extremely well made, it's not plagued with any awkward or out of place moments. For some viewers, this film might actually be a learning experience. If you want to see an action film that isn't 90% action and 10% plot. If you want something that's hardcore, fearless, and has a message, this is it. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
  • im-624-36330231 October 2010
    10/10
    Amazing
    I saw the film in its world premiere in Paulinia, São Paulo. !.500 people in the audience. Perhaps, 1/3 industry members and 2/3 non-industry members. It was a collective catharsis, I only remember a group experience of the same intensity watching Crouching Tiger in its Cannes premiere.

    The audience applauded the film five times, the last a standing ovation. Capitão Nascimento has become the alter ego of every Brazilian, seeking a secure place to live. I think the film will find an echo in neighboring Latin American countries.

    Compared to Tropa de Elite 1, the second delivery is a much more mature picture, a deeper look into the issues that plague every Latin American major city- citizen's security, human rights, and political responsibility.

    Since City of God, I have not seen such a round and impactful film about the social reality in Brazil. Remarkable work of José Padilha, Braulio Mantovani with a seamless screenplay. Lula Carvalho's precise work as a DOP, Daniel Rezende's brilliant editing, not to mention Wagner Moura's surprising delivery as a mature Nascimento.

    A total must see, and absolute award season favorite
  • Padilha has definitely excelled himself... instead of going into the usual and expected cliché of making a sequel with the exact same formula as the first movie, he goes out of the box and makes a wonderful, completely new, movie. If you are one of those movie fans who would like to see a reproduction of the first movie, who is eager to hear famous lines such as "você é um moleque" or "pede pra sair" once again coming out of Capitão Nascimento's mouth, who wants to see more and more torture, more and more violence. Forget about all of that... this movie has nothing of the sort. Of course there is a lot of shootings, and some torture scenes, but they are nothing compared to the ones in the first movie, they are quick and do not show as much! But do not let this keep you from watching this movie. In fact, what makes this sequel so special is that it doesn't even feel like a sequel, it feels more like a SAGA, Capitão Nascimento's SAGA, his quest for justice and against crime. Its a deeper voyage into Nascimento's feelings and also into the inner workings of the CRIME machine. Its a more mature and better developed movie which will make you think. It will make you angry, and it will make you mad... but in the end it will make you want to cry out loud: GO CAPITÃO NASCIMENTOOOOOOO!!! And cheer for him!
  • CiccioButcher28 February 2011
    10/10
    Superb!
    This is by far the best movie of the year!

    I enjoyed the first movie very much but the sequel even surpasses that. The story is more complex and keeps you interested and involved all the way. The central character is again Roberto Nascimento who is now more mature, as the story is set 13years later than the first movie. His enemies are corrupted policemen and politicians who prove to be much bigger threat than the drug lords as they have political power to influence Nascimento's position. Nascimento will have to adapt and learn to fight on other fields using new methods.

    This time we also learn more about Nascimento's family and his relationship with them, especially with his adolescent son.
  • This is a completely different movie from Tropa de Elite 1. That movie was about a few guys and their personal stories as they deal with crooked cops. They were a hindrance to good police work but not really a menace, more an annoyance. This movie is all about real deep- seated corruption in Brazil. The bad guys here are actually evil and ruthless, and as a result the stakes are higher for the protagonists.

    The good: just as memorable action scenes, although there were less of them. The story had several twists and turns and it was fascinating overall

    The bad: Character development seemed to have taken a back seat here to the grand narrative. The distinct personalities of the first movie are kind of reduced. Andre Matias is the biggest example of this, and I was disappointed with what they did with him. Cpt. Nascimento's wasn't nearly as bad-ass or imposing as in TdE1.

    I recommend this to anyone who likes a good crime movie with a message. I'm not Brazilian but this movie still made me think.

    9/10
  • After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) and the second in command Captain André Matias (André Ramiro) are accused by the Human Right Aids member Diogo Fraga (Irandhir Santos) of execution of prisoners. Matias is transferred to the corrupted Military Police and Nascimento is exonerated from the BOPE by the Governor. However, due to the increasing popularity of Nascimento, the Governor invites him to team-up with the intelligence area of the Secretary of Security. Along the years, Fraga, who is married with Nascimento's former wife, is elected State Representative and Nascimento's son Rafael has issues with his biological father. Meanwhile Nascimento and the BOPE expel the drug dealers from several slums but another enemy arises: the militia led by Major Rocha (Sandro Rocha) and supported by the Governor, the Secretary of Security and politicians interested in votes. Nascimento is manipulated to help this group, vanquishing the criminals in the slums and poor communities; then the corrupt group of police officers is free to exploit the poor population.

    "Tropa de Elite 2" is a fictional and hopeless story based on true events and characters of Rio de Janeiro and the greatest box office of Brazilian cinema ever. The director and writer José Padilha did not make a sequel of the successful "Tropa de Elite", but used important characters to make a different and very realistic approach, scarier than the first one, about the masterminds of the organized crime in Rio de Janeiro. Further, he proves that is a courageous man, nudging the Powers that Be with this great film. The performances are impressive and sometimes this film seems to be a documentary. "Tropa de Elite 2" is certainly the best Brazilian film of 2010 but the Brazilian Commission has not selected this movie to dispute a nomination to the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category. My vote is ten.

    Title (Brazil): "Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro" ("Elite Squad 2: Now it is Another Enemy")
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    I liked the first part very much, but this one is truly masterpiece. I am from Europe, but I was drawn to the movie like I am true Brazilian. I heard about life in Rio, heard many stories, watched many videos, but I supposed this is the best way of learning about the life in Rio. The storyline is much more intelligent that in the first part, with less action but much deeper story... You will be dragged in the movie and you will notice that it's kind of more entertaining than many Hollywood big-budget movies. The ending is great, not the way I would make it (I would enjoy watching all of those a..holes dying slowly), but it's really great... One of the best non-English movies that I ever watched. And I watched it a lot...
  • This film shows everything about the corruption of the police in Rio. It shows on details how it works and how the politicians are involved, taking advantages of the corrupt system. Also, many characters that appear on the film are based on actual ones, like an ex-governor and an ex-secretary for Public Security.

    It's a must-see film, mainly if you are a Brazilian citizen. Unfortunately, because of political interests, this film wasn't indicated for Oscar. It would be a great candidate for winning it. The one that was chosen, "Lula o Filho do Brasil" is a tendentious film that shows the supposed biography of Lula.
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    I think that the main difference between this film and its predecessor is the message you're left with. The 1st film allows you to believe that there is hope in spite of all the chaos surrounding us, beauty behind destruction, as it was. The 2nd one unceremoniously rips that away with a disconcerting violence. It leaves us bereft… At least that's how I felt throughout a great part of it, especially towards the middle to end. The chaos is left to act of its own accord, and it's a downward spiral toward a cage from which there is no possible escape. Conform to the rules of the system or be killed rebelling against it. Our knowledge of others is usually one of rehearsed insipidness and persiflage. Immersion into the surface turns out to be much more revealing than could ever have been predicted. Truly, the poor are the mass, they hold the collective political power, and yet do not (cannot) hold this power with an iron fist because they are too weak and ignorant to understand it, a position forced upon them by the unremitting circumstances society holds them in (I remember visiting portions of a slum in which the people there never had their births registered, they essentially did not exist, apart from having no idea at all about caring for basic needs, like brushing their teeth). Thus, their deplorable condition of living in misery and desperately wanting to be hauled out of the darkness is exploited by the police and politicians. In this ever-expanding social pyramid, in which the rich are fattening themselves up at the top, the poor at its base begin to sink further into the mud until there is no breathing room. The director and screenwriters offer up a devastating view of social reality, leaving the adage that "you can't trust anyone" as the only unquestionable truth. The absolute irony behind this sequel is that Capt. Nascimento, toted as a nefarious fascist villain in the 1st movie, turns into the antithesis of evil here… suddenly his past history of leading death squads and torture festivals is swept under the rug and he is redeemed, reborn. He is the only one the audience can cling to in the midst of the despair being portrayed. He is symbolically "relied upon" to keep us safe in this world in which the laws we've become dependent on to live our lives in a safe way have started to disintegrate right before our eyes, leaving us groundless and vulnerable. How to respond to a feeling of vulnerability? Primary process world, aka aggression and sex… The 2nd isn't much of an option, since we're channeling this by proxy. What's left to do is murder the destabilizing forces and reestablish a sense of order (as tenuous and illusory as it may be). The sequence in the final third of the film makes one thing clear: the reality became too much for the makers of this film to handle, they needed to eventually shy away from the sewage they were focusing on… it can become overwhelming to not shine a nightlight of hope into the void, and that is what is done when Nascimento takes on this superhero role and vanquishes evil… even though his efforts are then swallowed up by the amorphous blob of chaos so the latter could continue with its carnage, this little storyline shows the director felt we all needed a reprieve, him and us. It would've been much more raw and realistic for there to have been a different outcome for Nascimento, but I can only imagine the gaping wound this would have left in its viewers, for at that point I was already filled with despair, but was "granted" the chance to remount my defenses to a more comfortable degree. I loved this film, it's right up there with the first, and I have to say that the main character is on the fast track to becoming a Brazilian cultural icon (more so than he already was), the ruthlessly destructive force that people have been left with no choice but to mirror themselves on.
  • A Brazilian film like never before. This is just a definition of Elite Squad 2, which could also be synonymous with: shocking, visceral, truculent, spectacular, amazing and realistic.

    To make a film with such honesty and courage, as a member of B.O.P.E. say, must be "Skull"! And this is thanks to director Jose Padilha, who had the guts (and a lot of talent) to throw open the problem of violence in Rio de Janeiro, and the system created by subversive criminal organizations of low and high rank. Thus building a film extremely realistic and relevant, neither the American cinema got to do, because when it comes to "put the dust under the carpet, Hollywood and Brazil are very similar.

    With a top cast in superb performances and a plot full of twists and clever, the viewer will not soon forget the great action, violence, misery and personal drama played by the great Brazilian anti-hero of the decade: Colonel/Captain Nascimento.
  • If you are going to this movie just to see torture, violence, and people being killed in a war inside a city don't go.This movie is much better produced and more mature than the first.Here they show the main character (Capitão Nascimento) in a higher position.This movie explore more talking and negotiations than the first one.Not so many tortures.As I said this movie is more mature and make for you to THINK and not to see a bunch of people dieing.I really enjoyed it and it's for sure much better than the first one.10/10, I won't say much to don't give spoils.Go to this movie to see new characters, a completely new environment, with people showing you how works the things on the underworld of Rio, not the fake bad police in the first one but a new one ready to know how to dialogue.
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    First of all this is a must see movie , the idea of the film is very realistic , it exposes corruption like you never seen before in movies , the idea that everything will fix throw the end of the movie doesn't apply to this one , the action is excellent , the cast is good , you won't know when 2 hours of movie have passed , it will keep you tense all the way to the end ! Really don't miss this movie , this is not a die hard movie type this is a realistic one , not a movie type scenario with a happy end this one is with a true end ! For those who have seen the first movie "Tropa de Elite" from 2007 , this is much better , but that is still a great movie!
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    More than eleven million viewers paid tickets to watch Elite Squad 2 at the theatres, surpassing the record established by Avatar as the most successful movie in the history of Brazil and showing that a good screenplay, a good cast, good production values and thought-provoking topics still matter more than all the progresses in special effects. The first movie was a cultural phenomenon in Brazil, expectations were high and sequels usually disappoint. But this sequel not only lives up to the first movie – it transcends it. What we have here is a smarter movie that exchanges the favelas, the drug traffic-ridden slums, for luxurious public offices. The enemy is someone else this time: not the petty street dealers, but the whole corrupt system that extends itself to cops, politicians and the media. Those expecting an exciting action movie like the first one will get less, but nonetheless excellent, action sequences of the BOPE in action, but more story dealing with the social-political reality of Brazil.

    The movie starts thirteen years after the events of the first movie. During a prison riot, the BOPE is called in to intervene. Although they secure the prison, the strike team causes a public relations incident when Captain Matias (André Ramiro) cold-bloodedly shoots an inmate ready to surrender in front of Fraga ((Irandhir Santos), a human rights activist negotiating peace with the inmates. The first choice of a patsy is Colonel Nascimento (Wagner Moura), but public opinion loves him and instead of falling down, as he puts it, he falls up. He's sent to the Public Safety Department, basically the secret services. In his new role he makes the BOPE more efficient and modern. He launches a war on drug lords, thinking that, with profits shrinking, the criminals will just disappear. Instead he creates a new type of criminal. Corrupt cops, involved in the drug money, eliminate the middlemen and set up a racketeering system, forcing the slum dwellers to pay for protection. These militias, apparently working for the common good, become a powerful force since they can buy votes and influence elections. Politicians and militias tighten their relationships behind Nascimento's back, who continues to think his methods are working.

    Elite Squad 2 works because it grows from the first one. The first movie introduced BOPE to the world and had to spend time explaining its methods, philosophy, code of honour and recruitment process. The sequel doesn't suffer from the burden of exposition, and instead of rehashing the plot of the first – the bane of most sequels – it lets the characters' personalities lead the story.

    Many old faces come back: from major ones like Matias and Nascimento, to smaller ones like Lieutenant-Colonel Fábio (Milhem Cortaz), the corrupt recruit who failed to join the BOPE in the first movie, and Major Rocha (Sandro Rocha) a mere face in the first but here the villain who masterminds the racketeering program to take control of the favelas. Matias and Nascimento's relationship becomes strained after Matias is kicked out of the BOPE following the prison incident. From the new characters, mostly politicians, the most important is the left-wing activist Fraga, who uses the prison incident to run for Deputy.

    Brazilian cinema has been very good since City of God exploded in the world like a hand grenade. Because of it Brazilian cinema has become synonymous with crime movies, even if that's a gross generalization. A subgenre of crime movies defined by graphic violence, social criticism and inventive camera work has prospered in its wake: My Name Ain't Johnny, The Man Who Copied, City of Men, Bus 174, and the Elite Squad movies. At the heart of this Renaissance is the movie's screenwriter, Bráulio Mantovani. For better or for worse all these movies take inspiration from the style he established in City of God. Directors and actors come and go, but everyone still copies the dark humour, the political irreverence, the non-linear narratives, and the clever voice-over that earned Mantovani an Oscar nomination almost a decade ago.

    Editor Daniel Rezende, who also worked in City of God, puts the movie together with the force of a tornado. Complementing director of photography Lula Carvalho's documentary-like style, the fast editing and the dizzying camera work go as far as cinema outside of 3D can go in immersing the viewer in the middle of the action.

    Most people who watch Wagner Moura here probably don't know that in Brazil he's primarily known for playing romantic lead roles in soap operas. In the first movie Moura revealed a surprising talent for fierceness and cold-bloodedness; in the new movie his transformation continues. In the first movie the actor underwent physical training; in the second his change is emotional. In the first movie Nascimento was looking for a replacement; in the second he starts questioning his role in the system. Moura portrays a more vulnerable character and his performance has grown richer in subtlety.

    Of those from the original cast, André Ramiro has the shortest screen time. The first movie showed his slow transformation into a noble policeman into a ruthless killing machine, ending with his bloody rite of initiation. The plot in the sequel goes in a direction that doesn't give him much to do, which is a pity, because Ramiro's character was the most interesting after Moura's. But he has the privilege of stealing the few scenes he's in with his angry performance.

    Elite Squad 2 is an upsetting movie. The first movie offered the easy solutions of a police state whereas the second shows their ineffectiveness unless change occurs in the whole system, from top to bottom, and not just in the favelas. The first movie was a fun action ride that ended on a satisfying note, with justice served. In the second the viewer will come out feeling as indignant as if unjustly battered by a police truncheon, unable to forget it for a long time.
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    Everyone who saw the movie, here in Brazil, say the same: this is a masterpiece. The history follows the "Tropa de Elite", from 2007. But now, as it says, its all fiction (but true). The plot continue to show the problems of Brazil: insecurity and corruption. But now, it follows the milicia in the favelas. Nascimento, now a lieutenant, tried to make BOPE (the elite squad) one of the most powerful weapon to strike the crime. But he discovers that the real bad guys are closer than he though.

    Visual effects, sound, plot and acting are excellent. It will be a shame if this movie doesn't run the world, and specially the US.

    If you like the Scorcese movies, you will love this ;)
  • I was hoping that Elite Squad 2 would get a commercial screening in Singapore, but if not then it made a welcome appearance during this year's SIFF, and while it can be watched as a standalone film, you'll appreciate the challenges faced by the principal characters a lot more if you've watched the original, where BOPE leader Nascimento (Wagner Moura) and his squad got introduced with the primary plot revolving around his tough training of two up and coming protégés in the squad which had powers to eliminate enemies of the drug trade with deadly force. It became one of my favourite shows that year and of its genre, and I'm glad that the sequel went one up without repeating itself, tackling problems in Rio De Janeiro that are of a wider scale, exploring just how deep the rabbit hole of corruption in the city goes.

    Starting with a cliffhanger where Nascimento, now Lt Colonel with added years to his age with a hint of grey at the sides of his head, got caught up between a rock and a hard place, we then journey some months back which writer-director Jose Padilha, returning for this film, outdid himself with tightly choreographed, intensely shot action sequences within a high security prison where inmates took over with force and are out to eradicate enemies within the prison where enclaves sprung up. You'll notice that the shaky cam cinematography in its predecessor got toned down a lot in this follow up film, which is nice. From that botched attempt of now Captain Andre Matias (Andre Ramiro) disobeying orders from the top but with public sentiments on a high for the no-nonsense approach by the BOPE, Nascimento got moved out of the Skulls and into politics, becoming under-secretary of Intelligence in charge of all wire-tapping activities by the authorities, while Andre himself got moved back to becoming a lowly beat cop.

    It's a very major departure from the premise of the first film, if you've come with expectations that you'll get to see action sequence after action sequence punctuated by violence, because this installment is a more cerebral take on the problems plaguing the city, and a more macro-level approach as well involving crooked politicians and their support system beneath them that fuels a very symbiotic relationship between the corrupt leaders and their underlings, moving away from drug cartels, to wider and ruthlessly effective organized crime involving what some say are the largest gangsters around, the police force, in far more lucrative illegal trade fueled by the slums they're supposed to protect. And these problems go to show that if a system is corrupt it'll take some humongous effort to clean it up, if one can find a foothold to begin from that is, which is what Elite Squad 2 is mostly about, the few and rare good men who are willing to step out and stand up to be counted, even though they're battling on different fronts and may not share the same belief system.

    Jose Padilha balanced political intrigue, crime and action without forgetting the emotional core that had also level-set the first film. Nascimento's son is all grown up now but remains estranged from his dad because he cannot comprehend why Nascimento had to kill in his line of duty. And as if that's not enough, his wife is now romantically linked with his professional nemesis Fraga (Irandir Santos), who with his non-government organization championing human rights, becomes the thorn in his side for frequently undermining BOPE's tactics and strategy that you would have seen from the first film, and in a way something like how director Padilha seeks to address detractors of that film. Things also get patchy between mentor and mentee especially when Andre sees Nascimento being unable to reinstate his position back in BOFE, but others working through a network of connections are able to, which sort of brings forth a moral dilemma of being beholden to someone, especially when links to the mob comes into play.

    Wagner Moura keeps up his charismatic performance as the one man tour de force with a riveting performance as a leader anyone will want to follow, with courage and sometimes obsessed conviction in being married to his job and taking it upon himself as the city's saviour and scourge of the city's criminals, even if they happen to be white collared and in positions of power. Granted you'll miss watching him in action leading his men on raids as he becomes assigned to a desk job, but there's no lack of intensity in his newly minted career path, seeing it as opportunity to resource load his old unit to do a lot more than he imagined, though indirectly responsible for slicing off the head of a hydra he had yet to fully understand.

    While action sequences are limited, there is no lack of excitement and edge of your seat moments where everything kicks into high gear, best played out in a hall with a properly tuned sound system that puts you in the thick of all the action. One can only hope for a follow up film if there's another strong story to be told given that loose ends still exist, the problems in the real world never actually going away and the system is one big monster that is constantly evolving and evading eradication, which will probably take generations to effect real change, but for action junkies and fans of police films, having Nascimento back for another film will indeed be a welcome treat. I can actually listen to an audio book narrated by Wagner Moura and not get bored at all, since it is his narration that fills in the blanks in this film and moves it forward. Highly recommended!
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    As we go deeper into the life of Cap. Nascimento, we find him 14-16 yrs after the events of the first movie (Tropa de Elite, 2007), in a higher rank at this elite police squad, BOPE.

    Again, we see a war machine as naive as a child, searching for an enemy that put him where he stands, made him who he is. As the public, his narrative drives us into learning the 'system', how it works and who manipulates it.

    If then we had drug dealers and users as the real enemies, as well as corrupt cops, now the enemies are far worse, such as politicians, TV hosts and voters (why not?), assisted by the same corrupt cops.

    It seems to me that this story holds a strong concept of a bridge, not a final, in a way that there could plausibly be a third movie, greater in size and in range, crossing the borders of Rio de Janeiro. Why not? Despite the fact that it is shown a lot less action, it's still a war movie, and it still repeats some of the success formula of the previous one.

    A must see. But, this time, you don't have to keep your eyes closed most of the times...
  • ChavalBR14 October 2010
    This movie has a message every Brazilian should think about. The problem in Brazil is not the criminals, not the police, not the politics, it's THE PEOPLE.

    "Tropa de Elite 2" is different from the first one, so I won't say if it's better or worse. The story is very well thought and produced, shows the true Brazil, you will laugh about it because will sound familiar.

    The movie is very tense, Captain Nascimento is under constant mental pressure or out in the streets in very well produced action scenes. His narration tells again the whole story and branches through the characters showing "the system" has it's own life and it's ready to take you.
  • Exciting and thrilling picture dealing with former-Captain Nascimento , now a Brazil high authority . After a prison riot, today Nascimento (Wagner Moura , this character was based on screenwriter Rodrigo Pimentel) is a high ranking security officer in Rio De Janeiro , he is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials , politicians and paramilitary groups . Excellent and nail-beating film based on real events , in fact , the role of Diogo Fraga (Irandhir Santos) is based on the real life Rio de Janeiro State Representative Marcelo Freixo . Nowadays , high commander Nascimento has to find out a lot of problems while trying to take down inmates from a prison riot , drug dealers , criminals and a corrupt police called Rocha who commands a dangerous militia . On the streets of Rio only the elite survive . The movie also deals about BOPE , a Special Operations Squad similar to American SWAT and their fight against factions in Favelas Rio Janeiro . Meanwhile , Matias (Andre Ramiro , this role was based on screenwriter André Batista , former members of the BOPE squad) is moved to the corrupted Military Police .

    This stirring film has breathless , brutal scenes , a gut punch of an action film . It concerns on an upright man , his fight against policy corruption , taking on the daily challenges of dealing with pressure at home and fighting an unnamed war on Rio Janeiro slums . Interesting and brooding screenplay from the Academy Award nominated writer of City of God . Many critics have considered as a tremendous movie , on the level of some of the Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola pictures . A must see, a cross between the Departed , The Wire and City of God . It's a thought-provoking and clever studio of a few decent people , an Elite Squad , about police corruption , and unflinching remark at the underbelly of Rio Janeiro , plenty of drug-lords , burglars and assassins . Runtime film is overlong but it's fast moving and for that reason isn't boring but it's entertaining . The picture grossed at box office , it had a total public of 2.4 million paying viewers while playing in theaters in Brazil , in addition to the estimated 11 million who watched the bootleg copies and got a final version slightly different from the pirated one . It made the most seen movie in Brazilian cinema history. It also became the highest-grossing film of all time in Brazil, beating Avatar (2009)'s record . In fact , this film was already a best-seller almost three months before its official release . Illegal copies of what the director called the "3rd cut" flooded the streets of all major capitals in Brazil, for the equivalent of five dollars a piece . The characters are based on actual people , as Andre Matias was a member of BOPE and was a honest man who finds himself torn between his life as a BOPE member and his life long dreams of being a lawyer . Exciting as well as moving musical score . Composer Pedro Bromfman is the man behind Padilha's critically acclaimed sensation "Elite Squad" and the smash hit sequel and he's re-teamed with the filmmaker for "RoboCop" .

    Direction by Jose Padilha is awesome , stylish , and overuse Steadycam ; this is an award-winning Brazilian picture ; it was Brazil's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012 . Filmmaker Jose directed first ¨Elite Squad¨ about a Special Police Battalion , called BOPE , an unit of urban combat attempting to take down drug dealers and killers in Rio De Janeiro before the Pope comes to Rio , and this sequel , the smash hit followup , ¨Elite Squad: The Enemy Within¨ both of them have been monster hits in his native Brazil and beyond . Director José Padilha claimed that this movie ends his trilogy about urban violence in major Brazilian cities . The first one, Ônibus 174 (2002), was a documentary meant to explain how the state's indifference towards poor people can lead to the formation of violent criminals . The second, Elite Squad (2007), meant to explain how the state's indifference towards law enforcement agencies will often result in police brutality and corrupt officers . And finally, the last movie deals with the reasons behind the state's choice to ignore the poor and the police . These films had a lot of box office , about 11.1 million paying viewers made it the most seen movies in Brazilian cinema history . The first feature film in English for this director resulted to be RoboCop , making his Hollywood debut , and inventively breaks down ,reconfigures and soups up the core half-man, half-machine cop-hero conceit.
  • Elite Squad 2 continues where part 1 left off. The movie starts in the present with Nascimento walking out of a hospital and driving into a trap. He then tells us how he got to that point. At the end we return to that point and find out what happens during the shootout and its aftermath.

    We learn of a raid to a prison that houses all the major drug dealers who continue their dealings inside jail. There is an orchestrated mutiny and most drug dealers are killed. A human rights advocate and professor rushes to the jail to mediate. But there's little he can do. The massacre causes a political uproar. And politicians seek to distance themselves from the violent elite squad BOPE. That is until they realize how popular a tough stance against crime is with the people. So Nascimento gets a political promotion, he's now placed in charge of intelligence. A smart move by the politicians. They promote him while getting him out of the picture.

    With the main drug dealers out of the way, someone has to fill the power vacuum in the slums and keep order. Corrupt policemen realize how much money there is to be made in that position. Basically, they get their share of every deal that is done on the streets, whether it's a drug deal or a pirate cable TV installation. Then they assault a precinct to steal all the weapons. The corrupt governor who is running for re-election, an associate, and a TV commentator plan then to organize a massive attack on the slums, to recover the weapons, which according their media campaign were stolen by regular criminals and hidden in the slums.

    Nascimento's intelligence knows very well that the drug dealers don't have any weapons. He tries to argue against the operation, but the politicians won't hear any of it. The operation fails to find weapons. This should sound familiar. Nascimento quips that it should have been called "Operation Iraq." When his friend Matias becomes a victim of the machine, Nascimento decides to confront the corruption head on. He gets the unwilling help of a reporter working with the human rights activist who is now a senator. He's also married to Nascimento ex-wife. Nascimento's son lives with them.

    With all that we return to the shootout in the present day.

    The success of this movie is the smart mixture of political intrigue and corruption with high octane action. For some reason, I was hoping for more action, as this director really excels at shooting those scenes. The portrayal of the political mafia as a bunch of vain fools is accurate and funny. The middle portion of this movie is somewhat flat, I didn't connect with it, but that could have been because of the subtitles that race across the screen and don't allow you to focus on the movie itself.

    The bigger problem are all the forced coincidences that are so convenient for the writers to include. The ex-wife happens to marry the human rights senator. He son happens to hear when the reporter tells the senator that she thinks the police stole the weapons, and so on.

    Despite some minor flaws this series is still outstanding and almost epic.
  • Master-peace Great quality, actors are good, and the plot is amazing. Although its in Portuguese u can still understand everything with subs. The plot is about how the corruption in Brazil and how it affects everyone. Its the squeal and original is pretty good and ties in with this one but in this one the budget was higher so the movie was well produced and actors were into their role which gave it a certain aspect the normal Brazilian movies don't have. In all i love this movie and can relate to it in so many ways that its even amazes me............ ........ .......... ........ ....... ..... ....... ...............

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  • I'm an American and this movie made me angry. It didn't make me angry for the reasons you think.

    You see, a lot of people tend to think America is a great place (and for some people it is); others tend to think America is full of "stupid Americans" (and there are some). Then there are those who are disillusioned to the propaganda of America; they don't see the land of the free and the home of the brave, they see just another country with a bunch of crooked thieves holding office and subjugating anyone who isn't in the upper-class to social and economic oppression.

    Elite Squad 2 makes me angry because it's real. It's not a fantasy recreation of the political system or the enforcement institutions controlled by them. The corruption in Brazil is a mirror of the same kind of political corruption in America; our electoral college is a joke; our candidate propaganda machine is a joke; our Congress is a joke and our Senate is a joke.

    Recent uprisings from the average Joe and Jane (assuming they make it to the news outside of the U.S.,) is indication enough that not everything is strawberries and lilies in the land of the U. S., of A. And seeing a movie like Elite Squad 2 helps put that into perspective: this isn't just my nation that's like this, it's a lot of nations that are like this.

    So yeah, this movie made me angry because it makes you feel helpless and small and insignificant with its powder kegs of truth. You see how violence can suffocate change and cronyism can hamper the democratic process. This movie outlines that even when you think the "good guys" can win, they don't. It's a harsh dose of reality served up in the most intense two hours you'll experience from a movie for a long time to come.

    Despite the feeling of helplessness and anger toward the reality of our corrupt and pathetic political system(s), more than anything this movie makes you want to stand up and say, "enough is enough!"
  • I know I'm not supposed to link to other dynamic content here on IMDb, but I think it's worth pointing fellow users to order reviews by Prolific Authors, then read Cláudio de Carvalho's review to this movie. It is the only one of all reviews here, and I've read them, which has accurate information in a well-written form. There's little to add to what Cláudio already said, but if you're still not convinced, there are some extra stuff going on in and around this movie to incite your curiosity.

    First, the context, time and social appraisal this movie has received on the box-office weekend is even more complicated than we once thought. I'd just like to say I'm not a sucker for ratings or box-office earnings, but the fact that it toppled any other movie in Brazilian theaters, national or not, is obviously noteworthy.

    One month or so after the movie premiered, the actual BOPE was critical, alongside Brazil's Army and Rio State civil and military police, not to mention the huge political circus involved therein - on what's been infamously called The Invasion of the Complexo do Alemão, a huge gathering of equally enormous favela "clusters".

    It was the start of a new era on the fight against corruption, organized crime and political inaction. Or so we're led to believe. It turns out not only the anti-hero Captain Nascimento is next to irrelevant on the fight against the Powers that Be, but so is pretty much everyone else.

    Some people - myself included - have speculated that politicians used the upside-down popularity of the movie to go ahead with the invasion in the Alemão. I don't know where Padilha stands on this, but I think I have a quite good idea on where he stands, as far as idolizing the police, BOPE, Nascimento or violent acts of any sort go. But who would have thought? We're THIS stupid. Fortunately, the Invasion was bloodless. Yes, fortunately and extremely weird.

    Anythewho... Add to that another unexpected impact of the movie on police crackdown on illegal DVD sales. While the first one notoriously skyrocketed pirate DVD purchases, which contributed to its fast insertion on public culture - the second one was remarkably unseen, or with good quality, in the streets with the camelôs.

    Overall, I'd classify this movie as a masterpiece on its own. I took 2 points out of it for being a sequel, but I'm torn and seriously considering changing to 10/10. "City of God" didn't have a sequel, and it's good just like that. In the other hand, if we didn't have this sequel, we wouldn't have such a powerful and strong movie, one that speaks deep - or should - to our innermost misconceptions about poverty and the mind-numbing War on Drugs.

    Unfortunately, the Steven Seagal-esque Brazil took a stand and it wasn't the one I like the most. People in power or not have and will keep misconstruing Padiha's work because we're just like that, we love to choose the moron way.
  • The way that the second film's plot is developed by the amazing director Padilha makes the film greater than the first Elite Squad, involving the main character Captain Nascimento, now a lieutenant colonel in charge of the security office of Rio de Janeiro in new directions in the fight against organized crime by the special unit police BOPE.

    The big news is that the film presents the character involved in a web of corruption and political benefits that cause a twist in the plot of the fight against organized crime, which now is not only restricted to the armed bandits, but also against the whole system involved around it, so he has to fight to defend his beliefs and his family.

    Highly recommended to all people that appreciate the first movie!
  • The movie is brilliant - the people before me have said it. Then why am I writing about it?

    There are few films telling something important. Brazil has made one.

    It makes you think - an action that lots of us tend to forget... It thrills you, it makes you cry, it makes you angry. It makes you willing to do something.

    Don't be surprised if you feel that it filled an empty space in you.

    There is still a strangling feeling 1 hour after the end of the movie... Because I saw a life so common to what we have here in Eastern Europe. And I realized how close to each other we really are. The truth is common.

    So, prepare for a hard and impacting movie.
  • marcosbh22 October 2010
    10/10
    Take 10
    Excellent follow it completely changes the focus of the story keeping only the cast. Padilha once again gives a lesson in camera movement and significantly improved picture and storyline. The public recognized the change and the future of Blockbuster is guaranteed. Seu Jorge shows that beyond a singer, can be an actor with consistency. Political maverick and without losing the popularity and excitement of the audience. Bright colors, sound editing, sound production in a inexpensive for North American standards. Coronel Nascimento older but still pop star, the Brazilian real Chuck Norris. The secret in the production and protection were essential to the plot to maintain interest in the story. Police and corrupt politicians unfortunately are part of daily life here, but the answer came with an independent film, cruel and realistic.
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