Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

January 13, 2009
A satisfactory enough cop movie, but not one that people will still be name checking years hence
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 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 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.
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
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.
August 8, 2008
It's a bit like a Latin American episode of The Bill written by Richard Littlejohn and directed by Chuck Norris.
August 8, 2008
An action-drama that's fascinating for its insights into Rio's social structures. But while it's compellingly intense, it's also morally muddled.
August 8, 2008
Despite the voiceover, Padilha has created a shocking insight into a world in which corrupt cops slug it out against drug dealers but, ultimately, nobody wins.
June 22, 2008
You'll swear you smell gunpowder during the earthshaking gunfights of "Elite Squad." Forget John Woo's Hong Kong, or Sergio Leone's West. With bullet-slinging gusto, director Jose Padilha ("Bus 174") proudly pronounces Rio de Janeiro the bloodiest onscree
June 16, 2008
... for all the glorification of the mercenary methods of this elite squad, it's still a fascinating portrait of a nightmarish police and crime culture and a vivid narrative.
June 13, 2008
Subtle shades of friendship are lost in a melee of violence, which quickly crescendos and then maintains a one-note intensity for the duration of the film, punctuated only by an ill-advised narratorial voice that serves to keep the viewer at arm's length.
May 3, 2008
A tough and realistic cop story that stays believable from beginning to end while delivering the truth about loyalty, courage and gut-wringing fear on an inner city military mission with no second chances.
May 2, 2008
A very compelling movie that's almost ruined by a horrible narration track.
January 22, 2008
Pois infinitamente mais recompensador assistir a um filme que estimula a discusso e a auto-anlise do que um que, por covardia ou falta de ambio, limita-se a seguir a corrente do politicamente correto.