With a familiar oversaturated color scheme, "Elite Squad" is a wildly uneven movie with a plot, such as it is, about the ineffective and bumbling police force that never goes into the slums in Rio de Janeiro, that takes almost forever to kick in. These same slums are bereft of social services, leaving drug lords like Baiano(Fabio Lago) to provide and cut deals with NGO's. Overall, this would have worked best as black comedy in detailing the tragicomedy of corruption in the regular police and brutality in the paramilitary BOPE who are more interested in killing criminals and clearing out a slum, so the Pope can get a good night's rest, than in protecting the populace. After all, the movie has the perfect straight man in the square-jawed Captain Nascimento(Wagner Moura), about to become a father, who shoots first and tortures later. Regretfully, he is the narrator and sets the tone and agenda. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that the police are not very much liked(For some reason, there seems to be a direct relationship between how well-armed a group is and their sensitivity to criticism.) in a law class that Matias(Andre Ramiro), a new recruit, attends, not telling the others, especially Maria(Fernanda Machado), about his day job. With so many things going bad in the world around them, can you blame people for wanting to smoke a little pot?