Like his City of God, Mantovani conveys so much plot-wise that his thin-in-dimension story is emotionally passive since the scope skirts through many details so quickly that the viewer doesn't feel connected to it. He lingers here on the interworkings of corruption, but not on the human drama, which is too rapid and convoluted to establish an emotional connection. Like that other film, it suffers from exhaustion.
This the perfect counterpart to 2002 City of God, and should be seen along with Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, the 2010 sequel. Violence is a very complex thing in Brazil and the police behaviour is part of it. The 2010 sequel goes further into it. It's hard for me to talk too much about it, and I don't want to be patronizing nor judgemental, not being brazillian. I've been in Brazil, love it and seen more than this.
A powerful film that takes the audience on a rough journey. One thing's for sure, the characters are not the same at the end of "Elite Squad" as they were at the start. Great handheld camera work and fluid editing, with a high contrast, "hot" look similar to some of Tony Scott's early 00's films. It's no surprise that Hollywood is knocking on Jose Padilha's door for a "Robocop" reboot. But see this first.
"(Não) Vai subir ninguém não!" -> mãe, quantas vezes citei eu isto for fu..."Mete na conta do papa" -> parece algo entre limpeza étnica e ajuste de contas e não sei de que lado está a verdade ou a justiça, ambos são bons e maus. O segundo filme sobe o nível de moralidade, though.