Elite Squad (2008)
Director: Jose Padilha
Cast: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira
Plot: During a brutal campaign to secure the Pope's 1997 visit to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento struggles to find a suitable replacement who will continue the BOPE's merciless efforts to infiltrate the favelas and wage war against their dominant drug underworld.
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller
Awards: Won Golden Bear (Berlin).
Rating: M18 for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content.
IN RETROSPECT (Spoilers: NO)
Elite Squad finally hits our shore months after its scheduled release in May. Written by the Oscar-nominated Braulio Mantovani (City of God
While Elite Squad shares thematic similarities with City Of
The film also showcases
Padilha's direction is masterful. Not for one moment does he take his foot off the pedal. Each sequence is interwoven carefully with rapid-fire editing, capturing the intensity that the film is trying to evoke. Here is a film that is difficult to watch because of its copious use of profanity and the severity of its violence.
Elite Squad is exceptionally loud, in a noisy way if I might add. The use of heavy metal and dance music and the constant shouting from the actors become slightly irritating after a while, though initially it proves to be important because it sets the energetic, kinetic tone that the film manages to sustain throughout.
Elite Squad does not pull back on its punches, offering a gritty, realistic view of drug-infested
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