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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Reviews

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January 4, 2015
Thick plot about dirty politicians, militias, law enforcement, drugs, crime, power, politics, slums... all the makings of a juicy story!
½ December 29, 2014
La corrupción, violencia y ansias de poder, es el cóctel perfecto en una sociedad en decadencia.
December 29, 2014
La suite d'un film comme 'Troupe d'elite' n'est jamais chose facile. Mission accomplie pour le commandant Nacimento dont le second volet de ses aventures reussi le tour de force de continuer tout en completant de maniere intelligente le premier film.
L'ambiance change, les tenants et aboutissants aussi. L'ensemble continue de marcher. C'est ca qui est fort!
½ December 5, 2014
Killer! Totally badass entertaining the whole way through. A
November 23, 2014
José Padilha's "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" explores the deep-seated corruption riddling Rio de Janeiro through a visceral, powerful Brazilian drama. Building on the success of 2007's "Elite Squad," Lt. Colonel Nascimento is back to take the fight to the drug cartels as well as the corruption within Rio's law enforcement and political system, exposing the true depths of the city's social problems. Breathless, brutal, and thrilling. It's a gut punch of an action movie with political undertones.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) has devoted his entire life to taking down Rio de Janeiro's most notorious criminals. He leads a special ops group (NOPE) known for its uncompromising effectiveness, but his efforts haven't received a lot of support from the corrupt authorities. When Nascimento's attempts to defuse a prison riot, it turns into a blood bath, and the media creates a public frenzy. The government is eager to use the incident as an excuse to fire Nascimento, but the level of public support for the Colonel's actions is overwhelmingly positive. As such, Nascimento is promoted to a high-ranking security position. Initially, it seems that this new power will grant him the ability to fight crime even more effectively. Alas, it doesn't take long before he realizes that the corruption runs even deeper than he could have suspected. The system has no center, Nascimento tells us, and it always wins.

The corruption of the Brazilian political system serves as a backdrop to the unrestrained violence and tension that permeates throughout the film. The action sequences are swift, violent, and sharply crafted. "The Enemy Within" presents the question -- which is worse: the amoral politicians who run the city, or the violent cartels who oversee the slums? Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip-off as to where at least his sympathies lie.

The film, with its slick production and on-point narration by Moura as Nascimento is an edgy, action-drenched thriller dipped in blood and dirty politics. Still, even during its slickest Hollywood-style action sequences, it's hard to ignore the unyielding, socially conscious anger which fuels the movie. While "The Enemy Within" is not as punchy as its trigger-happy predecessor "Elite Squad," is an intriguing slice of drama with the advantage of a much more balanced standpoint. Previous crime dramas such as "City of God" (2002), "Carandiru" (2003) and Padhila's own 2002 debut "Bus 174" have helped make Brazilian cinema an international critically acclaimed medium. Thankfully, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" successfully continues with this trajectory.
November 3, 2014
A violent, brutal, and intense movie that really grabs a hold of you right off the bat. The story is interesting and the direction and action sequences are top notch.
½ October 7, 2014
The enemy within is a stunning, fast paced and brutal thrill ride with excellent action scenes.
September 28, 2014
I interesting story.
August 17, 2014
O que o primeiro filme não teve, o segundo tem. A crítica contra o governo brasileiro é fantástica e tudo que o filme mostra é verdade, claro que com personagens fictícios, mas esta é a realidade brasileira. Um filme mais maduro que o primeiro.
August 4, 2014
Great realistic approach. Solid mix of action and drama. Not something I would watch over and over though. Once is enough for a lifetime. Its because I've seen this story done a lot. It lacks entertainment but makes up for it in realism.
August 2, 2014
This was a VERY GOOD MOVIE! Once you get used to reading subtitles (because it is an international movie), you won't even realize it's in another language. It had my attention from the beginning until the end
July 26, 2014
A fast paced and awesome Brazilian film. Action, social subtext and brilliant acting are all weaved throughout the film.
July 21, 2014
not as good as the first one but still great
July 16, 2014
What a great movie. Really shows the terrible life of the Favelas in Rio and how corrupt Brasil can be. The acting in the film is also very good. If you are debating on whether or not to see this movie you will not regret seeing it. It is violent so if you aren't in to violence skip it, but if you are ok with it and want a great story, watch this Brazilian blockbuster.
June 4, 2014
Interesting in that the story is told from the perspective of a naive, self-righteous protagonist.
May 15, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014

(2010) Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
(In Portuguese with English subtitles)

After watching one of Bill Mahr's "Vice" news clips on HBO about some of the drug trade that exists within some of Rio De Janeiro's streets, watching this film didn't feel challenging enough since I feel that the problem is much more complicated than what this film is conveying to it's audience. Had this film been made like 20 years ago, I would've like recommended this film highly, but as a result of seeing so many films similar to this one. Again, it can become tiring because so many of them had already been made throughout the years, which the only difference is that it takes place in "Rio" this time. Financially successful in it's native country, it's success lies solely from the area where it's been made from. Mexico, Hong Kong or the United States had also made movies about corruption within the police force and this film seems to have echoed it from those original films made before it.

The previous film, called "The Elite Squad" was based on a novel that was partially based on fact- similar to "City Of God" which viewers can actually figure out that it's based on actual events and at the same time changing specific things. "Mississippi Burning" and "JFK" are two examples where it's about the idea that is based on fact using fictional characters that had never existed nor had never happened- they're reminiscent of 'what if' scenarios, providing viewers are aware about it. Much of the set up of the entire movie has Lt. Colonel Nascimento (Wagner Moura) 'narrating' his entire experience, started by the time he got promoted to head an elite squad. It's baffling, because it resulted into controversy regarding a corrupt prison guard being bribed by a gang member for a piece(hand gun). This gang member's main goal was to use it on other rival gang members who're locked in the same prison as him. And by the time this guy completed his objective, the swat then moves in with one, (to be precise it's Captain André Matias played by André Ramiro) of them shooting down the leader in cold blood even though he was going to give himself up. Human rights activist/ journalist, by the name of Diogo Fraga (Irandhir Santos) calls for justice which of course, nothing gets done or goes anywhere. It does however, promotes Squad leader, Nascimento in the process to a much higher rank. And that is when one of the real problems begin to start, including a couple of journalists attempting to unmasking the corruption within the elite unit and government. One of the main things I didn't like was the fact that, since the movie was also fictionalized, why can't the main corrupt official suffer a much more grueling death since viewers always have to endure the atrocities in which this guy had inflicted, but once the tables are turned, it turns it into another mafia style movie that's similar to "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas" which viewers don't really need to see again. I mean, if viewers have to subject this corrupt cop blatantly getting away, shooting and torturing others without worrying about getting caught or suffer consequences, that we deserve to see this main bad guy suffering the same fate, and we don't.

2 out of 4 stars
April 22, 2014
same goes for our country... 'The system is fucked up.'
April 16, 2014
Filmasso! Mostra como realmente o "buraco à (C) mais embaixo", ou seja, o problema da violência e do tráfico nas favelas está dentro de um contexto maior que engloba a corrupção e interesses ocultos de outras classes da sociedade.
O filme transmitiu, nas entrelinhas, que a única forma de vencer o sistema seria a conscientização da população brasileira, que detà (C)m o maior poder do pais, que seria o voto democrático.
Altamente recomendado.
March 19, 2014
In the end you realize it's a cycle with no real conclusion.
March 18, 2014
A non-stop romp through through the underbelly, both literally and metaphorically, of Rio de Janeiro. Elite Squad takes narco-action and makes it uniquely Brazilian, combining political and socio-economic themes with helicopters sweeping the favellas with machine gun fire. Dramatically on-pitch, director Jose Padhila crafts a narrative about drug dealers, crooked politicians and corrupt cops that leaves you both in dispair of the intratractabilty of the system and in admiration of those brave enough to resist it. Wagner Moura, playing Col. Nascimento, adds depth to what is typically the cliche "cop absorbed by his job fighting the system" role, just one of quite a few surprisingly great performances for this genre. From yacht parties in the bay to street justice in the favellas, this is a heart-pounding tour of Rio that shouldn't be missed.
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