Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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January 13, 2009
A satisfactory enough cop movie, but not one that people will still be name checking years hence
September 25, 2008
Given that Brazil, as a Latin American moviemaking powerhouse, steadily produces vibrant, vital films of real impact and humanity, it's a crime itself that Elite Squad may be the only Brazilian film that American audiences see this year.
September 20, 2008
A depressing film that celebrates brute strength as the only means to stem the tide of violence and crime in Rio de Janeiro.
September 19, 2008
For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.
September 19, 2008
With no star names and a tough subject, it will be hard sell despite being a runaway hit on its home turf.
September 19, 2008
Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
September 19, 2008
A poor man's City of God that suggests the only answer to the problems of Brazil's slums are blazing guns wielded by a neo-fascist police force.
September 18, 2008
Trying to address important and serious social issues in this violent world rather than just creating something sensationalistic or exploitative gives Elite Squad an edge over normal police thrillers.
September 17, 2008
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
Elite Squad succeeds at putting the worst of the violent spectacles on screen, primarily through a series of nicely staged shootouts and torture sequences.
September 17, 2008
[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 15, 2008
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 3, 2008
The film's message is that all of society is corrupt, so it doesn't matter who gets killed. It's a propaganda movie that shows no empathy for its characters or for its audience.
September 2, 2008
Padilha succumbs to monotonous, hollow flamboyance with his City of God clone.
August 8, 2008
The moral dilemmas are gripping, but the film takes itself far too seriously to ever connect with us.
August 8, 2008
A film that simply doesn't have enough cinematic flair to make it a better than average cops and robbers thriller.
August 8, 2008
Padilha gets as close to the daily violence as City of God, though this feels more like a documentary than an epic.
August 8, 2008
Padilha's style, honed in his hijack documentary Bus 174, is verismo with a vengeance. For two hours the viewer feels as hand-held as the camera, hauled about by the neck.
August 8, 2008
As for the plot, flashy editing and an over-reliance on jittery handheld cameras mean you'll struggle to tell what's going on - if you haven't already given up by then.
August 8, 2008
Nothing is clear-cut in this intense brew of brutality, stupidity and genuine tragedy. We're left lamenting that it will go on, unless Brazil engages its brain before its fist.
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