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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011)



Critic Consensus: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a bleak, violent descent into the Brazilian underbelly, ripping into the favelas with unstoppable and kinetic force.

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The sprawling slum that towers over Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and as the head of Rio's BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) has seen his share of intense situations. When a BOPE mission to stop a jail riot ends in violence, Nascimento finds his job on the line--and BOPE accused of a massacre by human rights activists. But a public fed up with the violence and gangs that plague Rio loves it, and Nascimento finds himself embraced as a hero who gets results. With elections around the corner, he's promoted to Sub-Secretary of Intelligence. In his powerful new post, Nascimento strengthens BOPE and brings the drug gangs that run the slum to their knees-- only to come to the sobering realization that by doing so, he's only made things easier for the corrupt cops and dirty politicians who are truly running the game. After years in the trenches, Nascimento now finds that his new enemies are much more dangerous and, even worse, sitting at desks just down the hall. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Rodrigo Pimentel, Bráulio Mantovani, José Padilha
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
Variance Films - Official Site


Wagner Moura
as Captain Nascimento
André Mattos
as Fortunato
Seu Jorge
as Beirada
Bruno Delia
as Azevedo
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Critic Reviews for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (16)

The pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

When this Enemy Within settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Top Critic

Throttles forward with remarkable aplomb and easily leaves the original in the dust.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Top Critic

Elite Squad is just urgent and complex enough to make it clear violence is more than a matter for academic debate.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Jammed with cliches but completely engrossing.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within


Even better than the exceptional first movie, it has an intelligent story in which drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro is beaten but a new enemy rises - a potential scenario that exposes a complex social cancer that goes all the way up to the politicians, passing by the corrupt Military Police and the shady interests of the media.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Whereas it's predecessor was an unflinching street-level document of the elite "Special Police Operations Squad" of Rio de Janeiro, and the first-person turmoils of it's Captain Roberto Nascimento, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is infinitely broader in scope. This film explores the facets of corruption from the ground level, all the way up to the hights of politics in an ambition, angry, and unforgettable way (while feeling just as personal as the first film). "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is not only better than "Elite Squad," it plays like and ranks with some of the best crime sagas out there.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

It`s The Wire meets The Departed. A masterpiece. An unforgettable and breathtaking action film, they dont get better than this. It`s a pure slam-bang knockout of an action movie. It packs an intense blow of story, characters, politics and realism into one explosive tour de force. A cripplingly dramatic and well-constructed flick. A stylish, heart-pounding, twist-filled and action-packed edge of your seat thriller that sets the screen ablaze. A powerful and electrifying movie. I loved this film. It`s angry, complex and very compelling all the way through. A real eye-opener that`s smart, fresh and utterly exhilarating. Wagner Moura gives an astonishing performance that deserves awards attention, he has never been better. A brilliant piece of work that stands with filmmakers like Coppola and Scorsese. It`s top-notch and truly superb. Bravo Director, Jose Padiha, this directors got talent and i hope to see more of his work in the future. An adrenaline-charged and tremendously entertaining thrill-ride that truly just rocks

Al S

Super Reviewer

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