Elite Squad

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Brutal, action heavy, Brazilian cop film with a pointless voiceover. Lacks flair, overdoes the violence and is never quite sure where its morals lie.

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The captain (Wagner Moura) of a special Brazilian police force considers which of two new recruits (André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira) would make a suitable successor.

Cast & Crew

Wagner Moura
Capitão Nascimento
André Ramiro
André Matias
Milhem Cortaz
Capitão Fábio
Fábio Lago
Claudio Mendes de Lima "Baiano"
Marcelo Valle
Capitão Oliveira
José Padilha
Director
José Padilha
Writer
Bráulio Mantovani
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José Padilha
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Pedro Bromfman
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Tulé Peak
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Claudia Kopke
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News & Interviews for Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad)

Critic Reviews for Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad)

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (16)

  • For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.

    September 19, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.

    September 19, 2008 | Rating: .5/5
  • Elite Squad can't decide whether it wants to pull the lid back on what urban decay has wrought or simply open up a can of whup ass.

    September 17, 2008 | Rating: 2/6

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • [Jos Padilha] recariously pitches the squad's brute force as less a necessary evil than the outgrowth of an existing evil -- a no-win situation that mocks liberal ideals and warps conservative pragmatism into domestic terrorism.

    September 17, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like The French Connection, in which only the fascists could do what needed to be done.

    September 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A film that simply doesn't have enough cinematic flair to make it a better than average cops and robbers thriller.

    August 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad)

  • Dec 28, 2012
    In the slums of Rio de Janeiro drugs are the currency of choice and the police are in on the action, but when things get really bad it is the job of the Elite Squad to go in and sort out the mess. We follow Captain Nascimento who is struggling to find a replacement as he wishes to quick for when he becomes a father. Two of the potential new recruits are Matias, a dedicated law student and Neto, a headstrong cop stuck working as a mechanic. The film is a brutal look at the hellish lives in the slums, as well as the danger the police put themselves through everyday. We see the Elite Squad, known as BOPE, acting incredibly tough and shooting to kill, but we never once doubt their methods. The film is a thrilling ride, but it is hampered by what seems like a hastily added voice-over which explains everything that is going on, making long periods of the film sound like an audiobook. It also feels like the first chapter of a much larger story, which in a way is a good sign as it left me wanting much, much more.I enjoyed every single character but I really do think the two new recruits should have been the focus throughout.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2012
    An excellent and spectacularly entertaining movie. It`s truly terrific to watch and dose not get boring for a minute and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It packs a pure power-punch of intensity that knocks you flat out with its explosive action, strong performances and brutal honesty. Movies don't get more real or more powerful than this. A masterpiece. Director, Jose Padilha crafts an stylish, dark and gripping police drama like no other. A groundbreaking achievement that earns it`s right to be called a classic. A heart-pounding action-packed thrill-ride that's loaded with pulse-pounding drama and thunderous gun-battles that take you to the limit. A total adrenaline-rush from start to finish. A hard-boiled and exhilarating piece of work that deserves attention. It shows that grim reality of gang-related violence, inner city and police politics that the necessary evil they need to achieve their objectives. The cast is extraordinary. Wagner Moura gives a powerful and sensational performance. I loved this movie. It rocks and rocks profoundly.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2011
    Uma ficção que no mínimo estimula a discussão e auto análise da própria sociedade em si. Nascimento representa a extrapolação politicamente incorreta da ira de um povo.
    Júnior D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2011
    For some reason, I just couldn't get into this movie. It was well done, but just too much craziness going on for me, I guess.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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