Elite Squad: The Enemy Within 2011

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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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Dirty cops and corrupt, powerful politicians threaten Nascimento (Wagner Moura).

Cast & Crew

Wagner Moura
Nascimento
André Ramiro
Capt. Andre Matias
Tainá Müller
Clara
Milhem Cortaz
Coronel Fábio Barbosa
Sandro Rocha
Major Rocha
André Mattos
Fortunato
José Padilha
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Bráulio Mantovani
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Tiago Marques Texeira
Art Direction
James D'Arcy
Executive Producer
Leonardo Edde
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Bráulio Mantovani
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Critic Reviews for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

  • May 19, 2020
    I watched it before watching the first part. The constant fight between the good and the evil was very interesting. Gripping story and excellent performances makes it deserve 4 stars.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2013
    Possibly even better as the first one that won Berlin. Excellent screenplay although the direction is not quite as good as Cidade de Deus.
    William H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    Hold the press: A sequel that's better than the first film! An amazingly well-told story of violence, corruption and principles, with less crass violence than Tropa de Elite (mind you, still a lot of that!) and more actual storytelling. Brazilian cinema probably can't get much better than this, an absolute must-see.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2012
    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.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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