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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

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

Feb 14, 2012


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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.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Throttles forward with remarkable aplomb and easily leaves the original in the dust.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source:
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Elite Squad is just urgent and complex enough to make it clear violence is more than a matter for academic debate.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Jammed with cliches but completely engrossing.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The entire last half hour is just incredibly disingenuous.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies | Comments (9)

Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip off as to where at least his sympathies lie.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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A film that grabs you by the shirtfront and rarely lets up its grip.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The Enemy Within, it's not just the cops and robbers who are corrupt and greedy and barbarous, but also politicians and media representatives. The "system" is everywhere.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Even if it's not as smart as it supposes itself to be, [the film] is still smart enough to be more than a decent way to waste time.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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An epic crime drama from Rio de Janeiro with a thrilling pace and an over-the-top body count.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Hard-hitting Brazilian thriller about police corruption, politics and crime colliding in Rio's favelas and corridors of power and law enforcement is as intelligent as it is entertaining.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

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.
April 27, 2013

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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
January 2, 2013

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Captain Nasciento is promoted to the Intelligence Agency and uses his BOPE units to clear the drug trade out of the city, unwittingly allowing the corrupt militia to fill the empty criminal power vacuum. Jose Padilha's sequel to the entertaining if morally dubious Elite Squad is a similar expose of the crime and corruption of modern day Rio de Janeiro, peppered with some brutal action sequences and coloured with nothing but various shades of morally ambiguous grey. Padilha's script is actually rather more nuanced than that of the first film, which tempers the fascistic overtones as Nasciento comes to find common ground with the lily-livered liberal Fraga when he realises that they both want the same thing; justice. It also attempts to address the corruption of the system beyond the streets showing the self serving politicians pulling the strings and their manipulation of the media. It's essentially a visceral tirade against institutional corruption and as such seems a little preachy, especially since the first person narrative makes it feel rather dry and detached. The action scenes are brilliantly executed however and the multi-layered story gives it a depth missing from the original film making for a quality action thriller with a political spin.
September 15, 2012
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Even better than the exceptional first movie, it boasts an intelligent story where the drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro is beaten but a new enemy rises - a possible scenario that exposes a complex social cancer leading all the way up to the politicians, passing by the corrupt Military Police and the shady interests of the media.
June 13, 2012

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    1. Captain Nascimento: I was lucky I identified my real enemies in time. When they came for me, I was not alone.
    – Submitted by José A (2 years ago)
    1. Fábio: If you wanna screw me start by kissing me!
    – Submitted by Claudio P (2 years ago)
    1. Beirada: [before setting up fire on the rival drug dealer] They fatten up the pig, now we gonna roast it.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Colonel Nascimento: The truth is that my war against the system was just beginning, and this time would be personal.
    – Submitted by Vera F (2 years ago)
    1. Clara: The Governor's campaign materials are here...
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Colonel Nascimento: You have to fight if you want to win.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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