Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews
I really wanted to enjoy it, and I gave it my full attention, but it was so slow, meandering, and unfocused with no ultimate pay off. In fact, it ends just when I thought it started to get going, though by that time it had more or less failed to hold my interest, so I was relieved when it was over. The characters are under-developed and with regards to some of the 'Elite Squad' and Police it was difficult to follow who was who and consequently I had no investment in any them. 'City of God' this film is not. 2/5
Watched this on 20/10/15
One of the most popular films and cultural phenomenon of Brazilian Cinema, Elite Squad is a realistic, semi fictional account of the brutal police force of Rio, BOPE. The film is hard hitting in terms of it's brutality and it's realistic in such a way that the film portrays it's officers as those who do not sit behind desks and make strategies, but those who use the most brutal forces of violence to achieve their means. This is a film about police who first shoots and then asks question mostly leaving nothing much for the judiciary systems. This is a kind of task force that people wish were there to protect them.
The plot is not very surprising but good enough.
Great story, great cast, cinematography from beyond and of course Rio and it's slums shot like a wonderful maze where drug trafficking and music intertwine.... a surprisingly efficient film that ill take you on a crazy ride and leave you breathless. Two thumbs up!
The sequel to this film manages to improve on it and produces a much better viewing experience. Both are long in the tooth but the sequel never feels it.
Elite Squad is a good starting point for Jose Padilha's cop series, but it has better shots coming down the barrel.
one of my alltime favorites. intense af